Even before Leonardo da Vinci could get out his pen to draw his study of the human body, the Egyptians built their pyramids and temples according to the divine proportion (also called golden ratio or golden section).
According to this rule, anything that follows its implied mathematical principle is of ‘ideal beauty’. Meaning: If the space between your eyes, the shape of your nose and chin and the length of your ears matches the golden ratio (a constant equal to 1.61803398875) you’re drop-dead pretty.
Of course there is a more exact way to put this. The following geometric proportions must be measured to determine how close you are to ideal beauty (according to facebeautyrank.com):
- Distance between eyes/ nose width
- Head height/ face height
- Face height/ (face height – chin height)
- (Face height – chin height)/ mouth width
- Face width in the mouth area/ nose length
- Head height/ face width in the eye area
- Face width in the eye area/ (face height – chin height)
- Face height/ forehead height
Measure your own face
That’s too theoretical for you? Well, try it out for yourself. Upload a picture of you at anaface.com and follow the instructions. After you are done the program will tell you what exactly is wrong with your face in terms of ideal beauty.
Facebeautyrank.com mentions that according to biological studies during the 1970s – 1990s patterns that follow the golden ratio can be found everywhere in nature. Not only in the human face, but also in viruses and plants.
With what does this information leave us besides the philosophical wish for beauty to be more than an equation?
Well, I guess, with the slightly awkward realisation that we like and dislike people immediately because of some instinct-esthetical rule in our subconscious.
The beauty of people around you
Now, take a good look at the people who are closest to you. Are their faces beautiful?
How about people you secretly fancy and those who you don’t like talking to – might it be the golden ratio that drives you?
Well, even if your face’s mathematics get close to ideal beauty – telling someone he was just as beautiful as an Egyptian pyramid might not be a good idea after all.
Want to calculate the divine propotions of other things? Try this new golden ratio app.