Below, Business Insider has rounded up some of the most compelling scientific insights about the traits and behaviors that make men more appealing to women. None of the items on this list require you to get cosmetic surgery or do a major personality overhaul.We're talking small tweaks, like acting nicer and swapping your deodorant."This sequential flirting gesture is so distinctive that [German ethologist Irenaus] Eibl-Eibesfeldt was convinced it is innate, a human female courtship ploy that evolved eons ago to signal sexual interest." Men — and women — are attracted to people who are as attractive as they are.In one study, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley looked at the behavior of 60 heterosexual male and 60 heterosexual female users on an online dating site.Then she drops her eyelids, tilts her head down and to the side, and looks away.Frequently she also covers her face with her hands, giggling nervously as she retreats behind her palms.In one experiment from the study, 55 female undergrads looked at a colour photo of a man in either a red or green shirt, and then rated the man's attractiveness.
That women said the most attractive beard length was heavy stubble. "An intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive," they add.
The evolutionary signal that might be at work here? But Frederick and Haselton took away another telling finding: Less-muscular men were thought to be a better fit for long-term relationships.