Is your face symmetrical

The photo proof: imperfect faces are much more beautiful

The more symmetrical a face, the more beautiful it looks - we used to think. But two photo artists are now proving the opposite in an impressive way.

No matter where we look - perfect faces are beaming at us from advertising posters, TV spots and banners. In general, science says: the more symmetrically a face is cut, i.e. the more evenly on both halves of the face, the more attractive we perceive people. But the two photographers Alex John Beck andEray Eren prove to the contrary completely randomly and independently of one another. Because asymmetrical faces in no way appear unattractive, but much more natural and exciting than symmetrical ones.

The Turkish photographer Eray Eren photographed different people. On the far left he shows us the natural human face with all its asymmetrical features. The artist has edited the middle photo. It shows what the face would look like if it were symmetrically made up of the left half of the face. Image number three on the far right shows a face from the mirrored right half of the face.

Photos: Eray Eren


It quickly becomes clear: Somehow the mirrored faces lose their fascination. Yes, they look downright grotesque in their symmetry. The natural ones, on the other hand, become incredibly attractive. They look much more natural and make the person depicted appear much more beautiful. And what do we learn from this? Learn to love your slightly crooked nose, crooked eyebrow or uneven mouth! Because they make you unique and interesting ...

You can admire more expressive pictures by Eray Eren here.

The Dutch-American artist Alex John Beck also dealt with the symmetry of faces in his photo project "Both Sides of". To prove that the widespread opinion on the symmetry of faces is utter nonsense, he also mirrored the halves of his models' faces - with amazing results ...

Photos: Alex John Beck


Are you looking at two very similar but completely different faces? Unfortunately, the artist withholds from us in his project what the "original faces" look like. Nonetheless, it makes it surprisingly clear how different a face can look when you mirror half of it. How great that beauty is still known to be in the eye of the beholder.

By the way: If you want to see more photo art by Alex John Beck, you should visit his homepage or Instagram.