What Makes a Beautiful Nose, According to Science

According to an article by Rhinology Online, a few key factors create a beautiful nose shape.

First, the nose should be in proportion to the rest of the face. Second, it should be symmetrical. And third, the ideal shape (for females) is an upturned button nose.

Every face is different, and we must consider each person’s unique facial proportions.

Dr Mark Doyle is a specialist facial plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. He strives to achieve balanced and symmetrical results in every rhinoplasty surgical procedure. If you’re considering a nose job, contact Dr Doyle for a consultation.

Factors that Make an Attractive Nose

As the central feature of the face, the nose plays an important role in defining facial beauty. According to research, there are a few key factors that create a beautiful nose shape.

Opinions on a beautiful nose differ. Yet, what makes a nose beautiful always includes balanced proportions and symmetry. Humans find symmetrical faces attractive. So, this is what surgeons aim to achieve in most plastic surgery procedures.

Research indicates that the ideal shape for a female is a ‘ski slope’ nose. But, this isn’t always possible or desired. Before deciding on a new nose shape, you must look at proportions first. The same shape and size nose does not suit everyone.

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How to Measure Facial Symmetry

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Plastic surgeons assess facial symmetry by visually dividing the face into parts. They divide the face horizontally and vertically using neoclassical facial canons.

These measurements help us see the ideal positioning and size of the nose. Yet, with plastic surgery, it is not possible to move the placement of the nose. So, these tools are helpful for assessing the nose tip and the nostril width.

The rules include:

Horiztonal Thirds of the Face

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The rule of horizontal thirds can describe an appealing and proportional face.

According to this rule, the nose should be one-third of the overall face height. Furthermore, nice noses should be similar in height to the upper and lower face. The more balanced these proportions are, the more attractive a person is considered to be.

If the nasal tip extends below the nostrils (a hook nose), Dr Doyle can remove the amount of cartilage on the nose tip. This is helpful to achieve more vertical symmetry in someone’s face.

Vertical Fifths of the Face

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The vertical facial fifths rule refers to splitting the face into fifths. These fifths are roughly one eye-length wide. This method suggests that the ideal nasal width is equal to the middle fifth of the face. And, this is equal to the width of the person’s eyes.

If the nasal width is too wide (wide nose), Alarplasty can reduce it. This involves reducing the sizes of the nostrils to create a narrower appearance.

If the nose is too narrow, cartilage can be added to build up the width and achieve better facial balance.

A Mathematically Ideal Nose

Much of the research done around the ideal nose shape is mathematical proportions and angles. Some studies use computer-generated models of faces to find the most attractive nose shape.

One study found that the most beautiful noses had a particular angle between the brow and the tip of the nose.

Other research has looked at the angle between the upper lip and the nose, known as the Nasolabial Angle, to find the most ideal nose shape.

This research compared nose shapes between genders and concluded the factors that make a beautiful nose in men and women.

Research Findings

The research article by Rhinology Online concluded that a beautiful nose is defined by:

  • A nose length that is 0.67x midfacial height
  • A straight dorsum or a straight dorsum that reduces approximately 2mm below the tip of the nose.
  • The projection of the nose measured from the alar crease is 0.55-0.60 of the nasal dorsal length.
  • A nasolabial angle of 95-115 degrees in women & 90-95 degrees in men.
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  • The angle the nose makes with the forehead (the nasofrontal angle) is within 115-130 degrees. In general, more obtuse angles look better on women and more acute ones on men.
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  • The columella show should be 2-4mm. This refers to how much of the inner lining of the nostrils are visible on the profile view (columellar show).

As you can see, a beautiful nose isn’t as simple as having the right shape. There are many factors that contribute to pretty noses. These include symmetry, proportion, and angles.

The most beautiful noses are those that are in balance with the rest of the face. This can be achieved with the help of a specialist plastic surgeon.

Button Nose – The Most Attractive Nose Shape for Females?

According to research, a button nose is considered to be the female ideal nose. This type of nose is lifted at the tip of the nose and has a smaller nasal bridge.

A button nose is a type of nose that is small and round, similar to the shape of a button. This shape of the nose is very feminine and is often desired by women who are seeking to have a nose job.

What Is The Most Attractive Nose Shape for Males?

The ideal male nose is a nose that has an angle of 90 degrees from the nasal tip to the top lip. Furthermore, long, straight and downward-pointing noses are regarded as manly and attractive. A nose tip that extends approximately 2mm below the tip of the nose is also attractive.

What Parts of the Nose Can We Change with Rhinoplasty?

Dr Doyle believes that a nice nose should match the rest of the person’s face. Instead of focusing on specific angles, Dr Doyle’s approach is to suit what the patient needs.

When a patient seeks to change the shape of their nose, they request changes to a few areas. These include:

Nose Width

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First and foremost, most individuals desire a slim nose. A rhinoplasty procedure can involve narrowing the overall width of the nose.

Nose Tip

Another desirable attribute is a defined nasal tip. Many people have thick nasal skin, making their nasal tip round rather than sharp.

Dorsal Hump


Bumps on the bridge of the nose are often undesirable. Many patients request that they have a smooth dorsal hump as part of their rhinoplasty.

Narrower Nostrils

The nostrils play an important role in the cosmetic look of the face. Similar smaller or symmetrical nostrils may be achieved with an Alarplasty.

The Angle of the Nose Tip

This angle depends on your gender and your preference for your nose appearance. A straight nasolabial angle appears more masculine and a slight ‘ski slope’ angle appears feminine.

The most important consideration is that your nose matches the rest of your face.

Different Types of Noses

Noses come in a variety of sizes and forms. No two noses are the same, whether they are thin, broad, long, small, upturned, or crooked. The kind of nose you have depends on the size of your nasal bones and the quantity of cartilage in your nose. Here are the most prevalent kinds of noses:

Upturned Nose

The upturned nose is a petite nose with a projecting tip at the end and depression in the nasal bridge. 13 per cent of the world’s population have this nose and it is the most requested nose shape. Often this nose shape is associated with ‘cute noses’ and is very sought after.

Greek Nose

The Greek or Mediterranean nose is an attractive nose with a completely straight line from the bridge to the tip. A characteristic trait of a Greek nose is that it has small nostrils, which is a popular request from Rhinoplasty patients.

Aquiline or Roman Nose

This shape of this nose has a pronounced bridge and a curved or bent shape. The name Aquiline comes from the Latin language meaning “eagle-like.” Hawk noses have a rounded and downturned nose tip.

Nubian Nose

A Nubian nose is a long nose with a wide base, which is typical among ethnic groups with darker skin tones. People with this nose frequently get their nostrils narrowed in order to get a narrower nose width.

Regardless of the nose shape that you have, Rhinoplasty can correct a variety of nose shape concerns. It’s an individualised procedure that varies between every patient. Getting the most beautiful nose matters on your individual proportions and unique face shape.

The Most Beautiful Nose Shape

While the above considerations can be helpful in deciding on a pretty nose, the ‘perfect’ nose blends with other features of the face. A good nose is one that is suitable for a given face. This depends on the gender and the overall dimensions of the face.

Over years of experience, Dr Doyle has learnt what makes a nose attractive and will work with your requests to help you achieve the look that you want. To learn more, book a consultation with Dr Mark Doyle at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery.

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plas) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. Dr Doyle is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with 30+ years of experience. He has completed all required training and only carries out approved surgical practices. There are absolutely NO undertrained doctors or cosmetic doctors acting as surgeons in our clinic.

As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is committed to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


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