The sceptics of yore took pride in belittling the surface of anything; from a man’s face to the moon’s, they would insist that beauty is skin-deep. If truth were indeed beauty, and beauty truth, one had no option but to take up mining torches and underwater bodysuits and delve deep under the skin.
But if a new study by UK psychologists is to be believed, the fact of the matter lies elsewhere. If you are keen to know if the guy at the party or the girl at the shop is interested in a mini/short/long sexual relationship, you just have to look deep into, well, his/her face and the answers will come your way. The more masculine among men, or the more chiselled, for example, are stingy with commitment while those with softer features prefer the ‘happily ever after’ route. Women are not as simple in their preferences (since Freud who has claimed they were)! There is a hint that those with bee-stung lips like Ms Jolie are more comfortable with a shorter version of the relationship game. But then, that’s only a hint.
As if the old study of phrenology (reading of the skull for criminal intent) was not enough. Now not just your skull but your eyebrows, ears, upper lip and lower chin are surefire give aways. Suddenly we see more reason in men and women preferring to waltz in carnival masks in Medieval Venice. Be prepared to be looked at more closely. Or wear those masks to coffee bars!