And knowing your good angles from your bad pretty much tops the lot.
Which is where this super handy research comes into play:
In a study published in the journal Experimental Brain Research, it was established that the left side of our face is typically better looking than our right. Participants were shown images of various men and women, taken from both the left and right perspective. Interestingly, their pupils dilated significantly more when looking at the former – a sure-fire sign they were more attracted to that side of the person’s face.
Yup, it sure sounds crazy – but the study’s authors say it’s totally legit.
Basically, the right side of our brain controls emotional expression as well as the muscles on the left side of the body – meaning the left cheek gives away exactly how we’re feeling at any given time. On a subconscious level, humans are drawn to this – which might explain why artists throughout history often captured their subjects from this side (Mona Lisa, anyone?!) In fact, the phenomenon is so common, it’s even been given its own nickname: ‘left-side bias.’
"Our findings provide support for a number of concepts,” the study’s authors wrote. “[Such as] the notions of lateralised emotion and right hemispheric dominance with the right side of the brain controlling the left side of the face during emotional expression.”
Now to find a science-backed no-fail filter...