Ideal face proportions have always been tied to subjectivity. The female chin is no exception. Is there an ideal chin for a woman? This article will discuss the research and findings that relate the ideal attractiveness of a woman to the proportions of their chin. However, even if there isn’t any specific ideal chin proportion, a good chin can improve your entire facial structure. The chin is a part of the face that, if well-proportioned, can bring out and accentuate great features.
The ideal chin for women is one that harmonizes with the face and is well-balanced. It should not be too small, too wide, or retracted. The female chin should be less broad and more rounded when compared to the male chin.
The chin proportions of a person may vary due to factors such as genetics, development, and sex. However, this doesn’t mean that the chin you currently have is what you have to carry with you for the rest of your life. There are ways to augment or change the shape of your chin. This can be as simple as mewing, which will give you long-lasting results, given time and patience. Other options include chin augmentation, a procedure that could improve your receded chin, for example.
For the most part, the chin and the jaw work together to create symmetry. Methods that improve your jaw could also benefit your chin proportions. You can take a look at our article on how to get a good jawline here.
The chin is a prominent sexually dimorphic feature, especially from the age of puberty and onwards. For men, the changes in the chin focus on more allometric changes, meaning that it gets broader and larger, the more growth is seen. For women, on the other hand, the mandible, and in effect: the chin, continues to change in shape despite peaking in size.
Milutinovic et al. (2014) found that attractive females often had smaller faces and a general uniformity in the lower third and fifths of their faces. Although this isn’t a clear cut definition of an ideal chin, it helps us gauge what kind of proportions are considered attractive.
The Feminine Chin
Beauty standards continuously change throughout history. It is nothing new that perceived attractiveness, though possible to quantify or study in some form, cannot always be distilled into rules and ratios. These days, femininity and attractiveness no longer have a clear cut demarcation. Biologically speaking, as a sexually dimorphic trait, females chins should be smaller and more rounded. However, recent trends don’t always subscribe to this idea completely.
Actress Salma Hayek, for example, has a wide jaw and square chin that would otherwise look more masculine than feminine. Even though her chin is not conventionally feminine, Salma Hayek is still seen as one of the beautiful faces in Hollywood. The definition of a feminine chin is not as clear cut as we thought it to be.
Another example is Angelina Jolie, with her trademark sharp angles that make her face unique and beautiful. Angelina Jolie has a square jaw and chin. These features are not thought to be feminine. Even so, it fit her face structure beautifully and enhanced her beauty even more.
This photo of Margot Robbie boasts a strong jaw that accompanies a strong chin. Her facial structure is not what you would call feminine with all its angles and sharp edges. Even so, Margot Robbie remains one of the most beautiful and attractive faces in the industry today.
These examples show us that the feminine chin is not the only factor that decides the ideal chin proportion. It is less the separate shape of the chin and more of how it blends in with the rest of the face. The angles that the chin in proportion to other features of the face are of importance as well.
Chin Shapes and Projection
There are many different types of face shapes for women. The chin and the jaw are the most prominent determinants of face shape. This is why it’s so important to have a chin that not only matches but complements your other features.
Face shapes can range from square to heart-shaped and to many more in between. Certain face shapes are more conventionally attractive than others. Ultimately, face shape is just another contributor to the overall structure and ideal proportion of the face.
In this study on ideal face proportions by Arroyo et al. (2016), they explored different methods of measuring the proportions of the lower third of the face. They found that in two of the simplest methods they tried, the highest point of the chin or the pogonion should be on the Zero Meridian.
The Zero Meridian is a line tangential to the Nasion, the deepest nasal root depression. In the figures below, it is the vertical line coming down on the front of the face.
In the figure above, the two methods previously mentioned are exhibited in figures A and B.
What this shows us is that a retracted chin is not ideal at all. It has to at least have a decent shape of its own and project itself. Having a chin that is well-proportioned to the rest of your face can bring out and accentuate features like the cheekbones and the nose. Having a chin that is too retracted often also distorts the perception of the nose. It makes the nose look larger than it is because there is no balance in the features.
How to Get an Ideal Female Chin
Even though the ideal chin proportion is not that well-defined, there are still ways you can improve your chin proportions. The look of your chin is not solely defined by genetics. Over time, your chin and jaw change as well. You can take action to guide these changes, especially from an early age. But the older you are, the more limited your options.
A possible solution to a weak chin is to get a chin implant or augmentation. Another solution that will take more time and perseverance is mewing. However, mewing has its limitations and cannot change chin and jawline shape beyond a certain threshold.
In-depth information and detail on mewing can be found in our Ultimate Mewing Guide. There you can explore more about mewing and its benefits and limitations.
Here is an example of how mewing can improve your chin structure and proportion.
Chin augmentation with synthetic implants is increasing in popularity as a procedure for chin retrusion. It consists of placing an implant in the subperiosteal pocket to augment chin projection or the overall look of the jawline.
Surgeons prefer the transoral approach as it avoids an external scar.
Using synthetic implants is preferred over genioplasty, another chin augmentation option. This is because chin augmentation with synthetic implants is a less complicated procedure in that it doesn’t cut your bone. This study by Hwang et al. (2013) tells us that some risks regarding nerve injury are mitigated by using synthetic implants as opposed to genioplasty.
This photo is a before and after of a woman who underwent chin augmentation using chin implants.
This before and after photo shows a woman who underwent genioplasty to achieve this result.
Although the results may not be that drastically different between the two procedures, there are differences in risk and overall experience. Make sure to do your research before considering these options.