U.S research finds the formula for the ‘perfect nose’


New research states that the perfect angle for the ideal shape of a woman’s nose is 106 degrees measured from the lip up at the optimum point of rotation, giving it a slightly upturned look.

U.S. plastic surgeons behind the research claim there has been no universally accepted standard that defines the most aesthetic combination of nasal features until now.

Dr Omar Ahmed, of New York University, said attempts to capture the ideal shape have been ‘elusive and ongoing for decades.’

He said: ‘Throughout history artists and scholars have been engrossed in the pursuit of capturing what constitutes beauty.

‘Dating back to ancient Egypt artists idealised facial proportions in their works.’

In a bid to ‘design’ the most beautiful nose for a young woman, the researchers tested public reaction to a range of different angles and rotation.

They used digital portraits of young white women aged 18 to 25 years, which were ranked online by almost 4,000 men and women drawn from the same age group.

They were asked to compare photos of women with noses 96, 101, 106, 111 and 116 degrees to their face.

The study used focus group and online social network participants and 106 degrees is consistent with previous research stipulating 104 and 108 degrees as being highly favourable angles.They found Scarlett Johansson, The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel all fit this optimum angle upturn.

However, experts will always strive to get the best look for the individual rather than sticking to certain angles, Charles East of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said ‘There is a range of rotation that’s usually applied, which is 90 to 100 degrees for men and 95 to 110 degrees for women — this study has ended up somewhere in-between’.

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