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  • Writer's pictureJo Sutherst

Final Major Project: The Mask of Divine Proportion

Dr. Stephen Marquardt has studied human beauty for years. Dr. Marquardt is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (Oral and maxillofacial surgery treats diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, and jaw). He carried out cross-cultural studies into beauty and found that in all groups he looked at, the perceptions of beauty were virtually the same. He found that beauty is related to phi and could be defined with the mask that he developed. The mask uses phi, decagons, and pentagons in the structure. His website on the subject is available at

His website states that “if we can modify the appearance of a face to make it more like the mask, it should become more attractive or beautiful.” (Making Beauty – Marquardt Beauty Analysis 2018)

His website also contains various pieces of his research into the development of the mask. These are not considered here.


Figure 1: Mask of Divine Proportion 2014 Dr. Marquardt


Figure 2: Very Beautiful to Very Unattractive Faces with Marquardt Beauty Mask © Marquardt Beauty Analysis


Figure 3: Marquardt Beauty Masks Applied to Beautiful Faces © Marquardt Beauty Analysis


Figure 4: Before and after manipulation

Figure 4 offers a really interesting idea of editing my own face according to the mask.


Making Beauty – Marquardt Beauty Analysis. 2018. Marquardt Beauty Analysis [online]. Available at: [accessed 23 May 2018].

The Facial Masks – Marquardt Beauty Analysis. 2014. Marquardt Beauty Analysis [online]. Available at: [accessed 23 May 2018].


Figure 1: The Facial Masks – Marquardt Beauty Analysis. 2014. Marquardt Beauty Analysis [online]. Available at: [accessed 23 May 2018].

Figures 2 and 3: →, VIEW. 2018. “What is the Formula of Beauty? – Dr. J.”. Dr. J. [online]. Available at: [accessed 23 May 2018].

Figure 4: Meisner, G. 2014. “Beauty in the Human Face and the Golden Ratio”. The Golden Ratio: Phi, 1.618 [online]. Available at: [accessed 23 May 2018].

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