8 Facial Features for a Beautiful Face – What Makes a Face Look Attractive?
- What are the features that make the face beautiful?
- Do you know the current beauty standards?
- What makes a face look pretty?
Our brains feel rewarded when we look at someone who has a beautiful face. But what is it that makes a face pretty and attractive?
Different facial cosmetic features can make a face pretty when they come together. Big, alert eyes, a small, proportional nose, perky cheeks, a well-defined jawline, or full lips usually grab people’s attention and strike them as beautiful.
A lot of people are dissatisfied with how their faces look and often look for ways to look prettier, younger, and healthier. Makeup, Injectables and cosmetic plastic surgery can help get the face you desire.
Dr Michael Kernohan has spent decades guiding patients through their journeys toward beauty. He offers his patients the full spectrum of surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic procedures that can give them the pretty face they’ve always wanted.
Facial Symmetry and Proportion
Wide eyes, full cheeks, and a refined nose are essential features of a beautiful face. However, facial beauty is more than the sum of these parts. It’s about how all your facial features come together. How your eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and jaw just look perfect relative to each other. It’s all about proportions and symmetry.
Many plastic surgeons refer to this facial beauty ratio, as the “golden ratio”. The golden ratio is, of course, just a figure of speech. An experienced facial plastic surgeon can adapt this golden ratio of facial beauty to fit individual patient needs.
To give you the most aesthetically pleasing face, Dr Kernohan will strategically refine and alter different parts of the face so that you end with harmonious and proportional facial features – a natural looking beautiful face.
What Are Facial Features That Make a Beautiful Face?
When you first look at a person’s face you might find it very attractive without knowing what it is exactly about it that’s so appealing. There’s something about their face that looks beautiful and entrancing.
At a closer look, you’ll notice there are specific facial features that makes the face look beautiful.
1. A smooth forehead
A wrinkle-free forehead is one of the features that make the face look good. When the forehead is smooth, your face seems calm and peaceful which most people find alluring.
You can carry a lot of your worry and stress on your forehead and it shows up as forehead wrinkles. A wrinkled forehead makes it look like you’re stressed out or living an unhealthy lifestyle even if you’re not. This can make your face look tired, angry or less beautiful to others.
Also, a lot of your facial expressions (surprise, concern, shock) show on your forehead. Wrinkles on the forehead become even deeper when you make a facial expression and they can make your expressions come across as exaggerated and unnatural.
Dr Kernohan offers his patients surgical and non-surgical solutions to get a healthier and smooth looking forehead including:
- Facial Injectables: These can be volumising substances that are injected to fill in wrinkles. Botox is the injectable usually used to fight forehead wrinkles. It smoothens your forehead’s worry lines and gets rid of the fine lines between the brows. Nevertheless, Botox only offers temporary results
- Upper facelift (brow lift): this cosmetic surgery is done to reduce forehead wrinkles for a longer period of time. A forehead lift tightens the forehead, flattens its wrinkled skin, and removes forehead skin folds. You can also get a full facelift if you want to rejuvenate all of your face and not just your forehead.
2. Alert eyes
Your eyes can be the first thing people notice in your face. Symmetric and alert, eyes are essential cosmetic features of a beautiful face.
And when you’re having a conversation or giving a presentation, making eye contact is very important to hold someone’s attention. Having alert and wide-looking eyes makes you look more engaging and energetic which makes your entire face look more charismatic.
As you age, your eyebrows and eyelids start to droop making your face look less pretty because:
- Droopy eyelids and puffy eyes can make you look tired and sleepy, and make your eyes look uneven. As a result, your face looks more exhausted and less appealing
- Saggy eyelids can also interfere with your eyesight which makes you squint to see better. This makes your eyes look smaller and deepens the wrinkles around your eyes
That’s why eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is very popular. By removing excess skin, muscle, and fat around your eyes, a blepharoplasty gives you wider, bigger, and brighter eyes. Consequently, your face looks younger, well-rested, and more energetic.
3. Symmetric nose
Your nose is the centre of attention on your face. A symmetric and proportional nose brings all your other facial features in harmony and makes the face look attractive.
When you smile or laugh, your face looks younger and prettier. A straight and refined nose balances out the rest of your face while you’re smiling and adds beauty to your happy face.
On the other hand, your face loses a lot of its appeal if your nose is too big, too small, too wide, or asymmetric since:
- A misshapen nose takes away the attention from beautiful features on your face such as your eyes, lips, and cheeks
- If the nose is too big or too wide, the eyes and lips will appear small in comparison
- A crooked nose can make the rest of your face seem uneven
- Flared nostrils can give the impression that you’re angry or displeased with something
Luckily, a nose reshaping surgery, known as rhinoplasty, can fix the nose’s appearance and bring out the beauty in your face. There are different types of nose jobs:
- Rhinoplasty – Nose Reshaping surgery
- Septoplasty: to fix a deviated septum and straighten a crooked nose
- Alarplasty: to make the nostrils smaller and narrower
- Tip plasty: to refine the shape of the nose tip
- Nose bridge reduction: to make the nose look smaller by removing bone and cartilage from the nasal bridge
Dr Kernohan has extensive experience in performing nose jobs that sculpt the nose and result in a more harmonious face.
4. Full, Perky cheeks
When people think you look good, they’ll often tell you that you’re looking perky or cheerful. Having perky cheeks creates a lively and high-spirited face and is an important beauty cosmetic feature.
Your cheeks play a central role in how your face looks to others. People with full and plump cheeks look friendlier, happier, and prettier.
As you get older, your face skin loses its elasticity and starts to droop and wrinkle. The signs of facial ageing can be especially visible in your cheeks. Saggy and droopy cheeks can add years to your face and make it look as if you’re tired all the time.
Fortunately, there are several ways to make the cheeks perky again and freshen your face:
- Mid facelift: lifts the cheeks into a perkier position. If you have other droopy facial features, a full facelift can tighten your entire face
- Cheek implants: implants are placed inside the cheeks to give them more volume.
- Facial Fat grafting: fat is taken from other areas of the body and injected into the cheeks. It’s the most natural way to perk up the cheeks
- Facial Fillers: if you want to avoid surgery, fillers can be injected to contour and plump up the cheeks. Nonetheless, dermal fillers don’t have permanent results and you’ll likely need repeated injections every few months.
In contrast, if the cheeks are too full, your face might appear too chubby. Buccal fat pad removal surgery takes out some of the fat in the cheeks to make your face look slimmer and prettier.
4. Well defined Jawline
Your jaw outlines and contours your whole face. A well-defined jawline gives your face a strong and prominent look – one of the top sought after features of facial beauty.
Sagging jaw skin and droopy jowls fade out the beautiful angle created between the neck and the chin making the face look weak and old.
The jaw shouldn’t be too wide or too narrow. A wide jaw can make the face look too big or too round. While a narrow jaw can make the face look too slim or too small.
Dr Kernohan can recontour the jawbones and give the face a stronger outline using:
- Lower facelift surgery: emphasises the jawline and improves its contour
- Neck lift surgery: tones the neck and defines its outline. This restores the sharp angle between the neck and the face
- Jaw reshaping surgery (orthognathic surgery): shaves the jaw bone to sculpt the jawline or reduce the size of the jaw
Lower facelift and neck lift outline and contour and tighten the jawbones gives them a stronger look, a more prominent appearance/ outlines and emphasises them.
5. Refined Chin
The chin puts some of the final touches on the outline of your beautiful face. A refined chin can give your face an elegant look. That’s why it’s considered an important characteristic of a pretty and harmonious face.
A weak receding chin that projects backward towards the neck disrupts the natural contour of the face and ruins its aesthetic balance. If the chin is too pointy, the face looks too long and too narrow from the bottom. And if the chin is too round, your face looks too short and too wide from the bottom.
Depending on your beauty standards, you may or may not find cleft chins a characteristic of a beautiful face. Either way, if the chin dimple is too deep in the middle, the chin could look like it is split in two. This can disturb your facial proportions, especially in the lower part.
Over the years, Dr Kernohan perfected several chin augmentation techniques to reshape the chin while maintaining a completely natural look. A chin surgery, also known as genioplasty or mentoplasty, is done to:
- Make the chin bigger using chin implants
- Make the chin smaller by removing excess tissue and/ or shaving the chin bone
- Reshape the chin to make it more proportionate with the rest of the face
Dr Kernohan also offers cleft chin surgery to create, remove, or lessen a chin dimple.
6. Proportional Ears
A lot of people don’t notice how important ears are in creating an aesthetically pleasing face. They play a key role in defining the face’s limits and proportions.
Ears that are too big or stick out too much give the illusion that your face is too wide or too big. Your ears can also disrupt the harmony between other features of your face if they’re asymmetric or too large in proportion to your head.
Otoplasty, also called ear pinning, is a simple cosmetic surgery that can be done to tuck the ears closer to the face and make them less protruding. In doing so, Dr Kernohan balances the proportions of the ears with the rest of your facial features.
7. Full lips
Your lips get a lot of attention directed towards your face, especially when you’re talking. Having full plump lips makes you appear young, healthy, and full of life. That’s why full perky lips are considered a top feature of a beautiful face.
The lips start slowly losing some of their volume with age or because of smoking and other habits. Thin and flat lips can make you look older than you actually are and alter your facial harmony.
If the upper lip is too thin, it can disappear completely when you smile. This will make your gums very obvious when you laugh. Moreover, lips that are too narrow or too small can make the nose look too big in comparison or highlight a protruding chin.
Dr Kernohan offers various surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore the volume of the lips and give you a beautiful smile. These procedures include:
- Lip fillers: these are injections of volumising substances (e.g: Hyaluronic acid) that give the lips more volume
- Lip flip procedure: this is a non-surgical minor procedure to plump up the upper lip. It involves Botox injection around the mouth that will make the upper lip flip outward and cover the upper gum
- Lip lift surgery: this is a surgical procedure that lessens the distance between the nose and the top of the lip. As a result, the lip looks fuller and more pronounced
8. Tight Neck
A well-contoured and refined neck is essential to facial beauty. Having a turkey neck, double chin, or neck skin bands can make you look much older, even if your face looks good.
Neck tightening surgery, or neck lift, smoothens the neck and refines its contour. It gives the neck a sharp contour that fuses gracefully with your chin and lower face.
Different people and different cultures have different beauty standards. However, when it comes to what makes a face beautiful, there’s almost a consensus that a symmetric, healthy, and young-looking face can be simply irresistible.
Further Reading about Facial Surgery to create a Beautiful Face
- Dr Kernohan’s Facelift Surgery Page
- Dr Kernohan’s Blog about Recovery after Facelift
- Dr Kernohan’s Blog about Ageing Face
Medical References about Face Surgery
- Total Facelift: Forehead Lift, Midface Lift, and Neck Lift – PMC
- Blepharoplasty: An Overview – PMC
- Facial Chin Augmentation – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf
- Otoplasty – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf
- Current concepts in lip augmentation
Dr Michael Kernohan – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney NSW
Dr Michael Kernohan is a Sydney Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon providing a wide range of services from skin cancer to cosmetic surgery for the face, nose, breast and body.
He also offers complex reconstructive procedures following trauma and a range of cancer treatments using the most innovative and up-to-date treatment options.
Dr Kernohan is able to care for both public and private patients and currently has appointments in five Sydney hospitals and has an additional leadership role as Director of Surgical Specialities.
His main clinic is now located in Gregory Hills and he has 4 other locations – Bowral, Liverpool, Surry Hills (city) and Campbelltown Clinic – servicing patients in Sydney Southwest and Southern Highlands.