All smiles: 16 different ways to say cheese
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Grin & Bare It1 of 17
By Shannan Rouss
Who can turn the world on with her smile? The answer is anyone can, plus do a whole lot more. According to the recent book Lip Service by Yale psychology professor Marianne LaFrance, Ph.D., a smile is a social act that can convey sympathy, embarrassment, amusement and more. Read on to discover how to deliver 16 meaningful smiles.
Slow & Steady Smile2 of 17
Take your time with your smile. A long-onset grin (one that takes a half a second compared to one-tenth of a second) will be seen as more authentic and flirtatious, according to a study in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. Slightly tilt your head to up the attractiveness.
"Come Hither" Smile3 of 17
Stick with the head tilt, and cast your eyes to one side to give off this coy, flirty smile, an expression Lauren Bacall mastered.
Funny, Ha-Ha Smile4 of 17
To spot the quintessential amused smile, look for a thrown-back head and eyes nearly closed shut in laughter.
Bona Fide Smile5 of 17
Named the Duchenne smile for the 19th-century scientist who first identified its qualities, this grin is the real deal. With any genuine smile, the muscles around the eyes contract involuntarily and a slight fold develops at the brows, says LaFrance.
Swooning Smile6 of 17
A soft gaze and angled head characterize what's known as the "love smile," according to researchers at University of California at Berkeley. This kind of smile conveys a desire to bond.
Beatific Smile7 of 17
With this serene and thoughtful smile, the corners of the mouth are turned up and eyes possess that faraway look. To up the flirt factor of the expression, try touching your face, a gesture that indicates preening to the opposite sex.
"I'm Listening" Smile8 of 17
This faint smile (with brows slightly raised and revealing a hint of teeth) conveys interest in what's being said and lets the speaker know you're all ears.
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Bemused Smile9 of 17
Raising your brows and glancing upward while half-smiling creates a look that seems to say, "I have no idea what you're talking about."
The Smize10 of 17
Although scientific inquiry into the smize may be lacking, the famous smile-with-your-eyes expression (as coined by Tyra Banks) is all about bringing intensity to your eyes, while the rest of your face remains relaxed.
ON BING: Click here for a lesson from Banks in smizing.
Class Portrait Smile11 of 17
Although we think Audrey Hepburn could never take a bad picture, she is guilty of faking her grin in this shot. The giveaway? No crinkling around the eyes.
"Take the Picture" Smile12 of 17
Who hasn't given this look before? Unlike the traditional forced smile, the mouth here is non-committal, with one side slightly more raised than the other. The next time you're posing for family photos, try channeling the beatific smile over this one.
His & Hers Smiles13 of 17
Matching smiles may be a hallmark of happy relationships. Psychologists have found that we often unconsciously mimic the expressions of others as a way to connect and show empathy.
Guilty Smile14 of 17
Next time you have to ask for forgiveness, opt for this contrite smile. (Biting your nails—although a beauty no-no—adds to the nervous, abashed expression.)
Tentative Smile15 of 17
Probably the world's most famous "almost" smile appears in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," where the subject seems to be caught at the beginning of a smile, an expression that indicates uncertainty.
"Because I'm Your Mother" Smile16 of 17
This hard, jaw-clenched version of a smile is the kind Mom used to force her mouth into when reprimanding you in public.
"Trying Not to Smile" Smile17 of 17
This adorable smile has similar qualities to the genuine Duchenne smile, but with a tightening in the face, as if trying to stifle a surge of laughter. We say, let it out!
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