Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes.
However, if you take psychology into account, there is much more to how we perceive beauty than the superficial stuff that our eyes can see.
While we have our life experiences, our individual viewpoints about life, and our cultures, our brains are biologically hard-wired from a young age to perceive certain physical characteristics as beautiful. No matter what we say about beauty being about the beholder, we still rely heavily on what we visually see. That is why having an eye-catching Instagram is a large part of building your following. It’s especially true if your account is focused on beauty, makeup, lifestyle or fashion.
Let’s take a look at some psychological studies on how humans perceive beauty, and analyze that information to find out how you can improve your Instagram profile and take selfies with perfection (without all those filters).
FACT 1: The Human Brain is Attracted to Symmetry
According to a psychological study, it doesn’t matter what upbringing or culture we come from, our brains are automatically and naturally attracted to symmetry. Science and researchers are still debating why. The majority believes it’s because symmetrical faces are supposed to be indicatations of intelligence, balance, and optimal health.
I know I wasn’t born with a perfectly symmetrical face! Yours probably isn’t either. But, the good news is: if you can make your face appear to be symmetrical, then you can still achieve that attraction.
Use these two tricks to help your face appear to be symmetrical:
- Make-Up – We know this trick well, don’t we? Spread on some foundation to even out our skin tone, concealer will quickly hide any leftover imperfections (and we have green, purple, orange, yellow, etc. to counteract our issues). Eyeliner will help to create more symmetrical eye shapes, contouring will shade the areas we want to slim down or accentuate the apples of your cheeks more, and highlighting will make the parts that we want to be more prominent stand out.
- Take Pics From the Left Side – It might come as a surprise to you, but we humans tend to perceive that left side of our face is more attractive than the right. I always lean toward taking pictures of the right side of my face, however, so if you’re like me, you might be thinking, “Thats not true!” But, because this actually the majority opinion, you may want to consider starting to take more pics that are focused on the left side of your face, because it’s not our opinion that you’re worried about, but rather the majority of people who will be looking at your picture. By taking pics from the side, as opposed to face-forward, you can effectively hide any nonsymmetrical issues within your features, and at the same time, create an optical illusion of symmetry.
FACT 2: Appear Healthy
This probably sounds ridiculously obvious, but out brains are also hardwired to be attracted to a healthy-looking appearance. This absolutely does not mean that you have to have a six-pack, boast an olypic level fitness routine, or eat and drink a constant diet of greens and kale smoothies. For example, a brief skim of this study enlightens us: individuals who appear to be sleep deprived are viewed as less attractive than those who appear well-rested. (I can imagine this isn’t helping me much.)
The bottom line: if you haven’t been sleeping well or taking the best care of yourself, it’s going to reflect in your selfies.
Some quick ways to improve your selfies?
FACT 3: Smile!!!!!
I tend to take pics with my full #rbf face, and I’ve noticed many of you with your duckface looks, which I have yet to understand. Lol But, studies like this one show us that people are attracted to smiles, laughter, and general happiness. People’s perception of beauty can be dramatically altered with even the slightest bit of a smile. So, say “Cheese!!!”
Some of us were just born with a killer smile, but if you don’t think that’s the case for yourself, I’ve got you covered. Try these tips:
Fact #4: You Are Your Own Worst Judge
You will always be more critical of your selfies than anyone else will. We all know this! It’s called the Spotlight Effect. This occurs with our beliefs, our appearances, and our actions. The truth of the matter is, a great majority of the time, the things that we are cognizant of in ourselves aren’t even noticed by others.
Hopefully, these tips help you out as you build your Instagram profile. Above all, even though Instagram is based on images, the messages – your written words – on your Instagram, as well as maintaining your self-esteem, beliefs, and morals, are far more important than any picture that you post. Let your true you shine through. 😚😚
What are your thoughts on all of this? Do you have any tips to share? You know what to do⏬
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