# On Beauty: the "Golden Ratio" and the Marquardt Mask

By Blessmybag @blessmybag

I was drawn like lightning just a few moments ago to Michelle Phan’s FB plug on her post about the Golden Ratio of Beauty, not because I was desperate to find out what the Golden Ratio was (we’re deeper than that, right, Marianas Trench?), but because for history’s sake and for human reason I wanted to hear her thoughts on the matter.

The “Golden Ratio” refers to the idea of measuring beauty in relation to the number Pi. Phan posted a visual, using a geometric mask which was patented by Dr. Stephen R. Marquardt in 2001.

Dr. Marquardt, a retired surgeon who was also once Chief of Facial Imaging in UCLA, now focuses on research in human attractiveness in California and remains an active member of the Societies of Maxillofacial Surgeons.  Here is what Marquardt’s  patented mathematical mask looks like applied to a photo of Angelina Jolie’s face.

image source: http://www.everyoung.co.nz/

Michelle Phan blogs according to research as defined by the Marquardt mask:

“In terms of facial beauty, here are the ratios that define “perfect beauty”:

• The ratio of the length of the face to its width is approximately 1.6. That means that the face is about 1.5 times longer than it is wide.

• The face is then divided into three sections: hairline to right in between the eyes, from between the eyes to the bottom of the nose, and from the bottom of the nose to the very bottom of the chin. The lengths of each of these segments should be about equal.
• Ear length should be equal to nose length, and the width of an eye should be equal to the distance between the eyes.” source link: http://www.michellephan.com/post/beauty-school-the-golden-ratio

In the corner of my heart I am originally a Michelle “PhanGirl” in spite of everything she isn’t or what people point her out to be, she got me started on beauty even before Lisa Eldridge even came into the picture for me.  In my opinion physical beauty, while being a great gift, is secondary to who you really are and how you help shape your world in the fullness of your purpose for the Lord.  Check out Michelle’s thoughts on the Golden Ratio here at her blog post.

Hold on a minute…whatcha doing with that ruler? LOL…