Image for successful start
What attracts our attention when we see a person for the first time? It is, certainly, his appearance. His eyes, smile, motions form his image, which remains in our memory.
It is written in Genesis: “God breathed life into the man’s face, a man became animated.” Our face is a mirror of our character; it is a visiting-card of a person. It is known that Platon turned out his pupils if he didn’t like their appearance. Aristotel’ paid much attention to analyzing face expression. In Ancient Rome people collected masks of their relatives, who had already died. Iogann Gaspar, the poet, artist and priest, created a fund, which consisted of 600 tables and contained thousands of sketched faces.
On the one hand, our face is an inheritance, which we had gotten from our ancestors, on the other – it is a screen of events, which took place in our life. Time has a great influence on our appearance: eyes and hair grow dim, teeth fall out, skin changes. As a result of different thoughts and feelings, which we had in our life, a lot of wrinkles appear. Excesses also have an effect on our face: bags under the eyes and other unpleasant things.
There are some people, whose profession demands to be good physiognomists. A. I. Kuprin wrote about them in his book “Solomon’s Star”. They are “old investigators, talented criminal detectives, experienced fortune-tellers, psychologists, portrait-painters…”
Facial expression helps us to guess people’s characters and to read their thoughts. It is known that in China people mastered this art in the time of Konfutsy (the 5th century BC).
It is noticed that elongated form of the face tells that the person is harmonious, square form – that he is persistence, round – that he is a creative person. Birthmarks on the ears are considered to bring good luck, money and happy family life. Birthmarks on the cheeks point to authority and force. Joined thick eyebrows mean force and energy, thin eyebrows – weakness and meekness. Our eyes are not less expressive. A look can be roguish or silly, piercing or dimmed. And what about a nose? It is considered that an optimist has a short nose, a rationalist – a long one, an aquiline nose points to efficiency of his owner, a turned-up – to his flippancy.
A side view and silhouette can also tell us a lot about the person. For example, according to the side view we can determine that a man has a strong character. F. M. Dostoevsky wrote in his book “The Notes from a Dead House”: “It seems to me that it is possible to recognize a person according to his laughter.” Furthermore, laughter can heal people, and it also can be an instrument in one’s hands. Laughter is a human invention or a nature’s gift; it is an intellectual and emotional phenomenon. A. I. Gertsen wrote: “Laughter is not a simple matter… It would be very interesting to write a laughter history.”
Is it possible to betray the first impression? When you apply for a job, it is often very important. Of course, it is possible and even necessary to do. With the help of good make-up you can create an image you need. Every woman is an actress and is able to play any role when it is necessary or it is her own desire. In the times of silent films a lot of women imitated long eyebrows and a month like a Cupid’s bow of Mary Pickford and Billy Berk. In such way they felt pleasure from playing a role and joined with a screen tale. Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren… Each of them became a model for imitating for many years. But it is always important not to overdo it, because your make-up, as the art of physiognomists, tells a lot about you without any words. It is often helped artists to create easy recognized and remembered image.
But there is another opinion: “Statue is beautiful for its appearance; a man is famous for his deeds.” (Pifagor) Probably, the truth is in the middle.
Picture from the magazine "Mozaika". (1894)