We see different faces all the times and make snap judgements on people’s looks constantly, but apparently people with a “babyface” are instinctively seen as beautiful — but dangerous.
When we see someone with a babyface, characterized by big eyes, a cute lil’ nose and fuller face shape, we associate those features with a real baby, and assume that person is innocent, kind, and honest.
According to Caroline Keating of Colgate University, NY, we make instinctive judgements about a person within 50 milliseconds, due to our evolutionary past, when forming a split-second opinion could be a matter of life or death.
“The big eyes, the long lashes, the arched brows, the plump lips, the small chins, the round face, the cute little nose — if I wasn’t describing a baby, I’d be describing supermodel,” says Caroline.
“When we see a babyface our brains immediately think, ‘baby’ and [they] scream out, ‘help me, protect me, I’m no threat to you’,” she adds.
In fact, once you know the features to look for, you can spot babyface in everything from animated movies to marketing, like Betty Boop, below, as they’re considered warmer, more trustworthy, honest, and attractive.
But, according to research, those with babyfaces are actually more likely to commit crimes repeatedly, and get away with it — all because of their innocent looks.
One example from history would be George “Babyface” Nelson, a notorious gangster from the 20th century who was actually thrown out of Al Capone’s gang for being too violent.
But, when Nelson’s hotel was raided by cops, they shot dead the three men he was traveling with, because they looked like gangsters, and left Nelson unharmed — all because of his (seemingly) cute face.
Across the world, babyfaces have been found in studies to be considered the most beautiful, but beware — they might just be notorious criminals.