The Advantage of Being Ugly? Everyone Remembers You

New research shows people are more likely to recognize a homely face than a beautiful one

Ever find yourself struggling to place a face or recall what a certain someone looks like? That person is probably really pretty.

In a surprising new study, researchers from Germany’s University of Jena have found that ugly faces are more apt to be memorable than beautiful ones, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports.

Of course the report, which appears in the journal Neuropsychologia, does come with one caveat: Should a lovely face feature “distinctive” features, say the plump lips and sharp bone structure of an Angelina Jolie, well, who could forget a face like that?

Interestingly, the researchers also noted that when looking at pretty faces, study participants more often said they recognized a face they had never seen before.

“We obviously tend to believe that we recognize a face just because we find it attractive,” the study’s Holger Wiese tells the Daily Mail.

But while being beautiful may not mean you’ll be remembered, other recent beauty research by a team from Essex University discovered it will help your career, regardless of age, the newspaper adds.

“We found facial attractiveness is important in determining people’s occupational prestige at the beginning of the career as it is in the middle or at the end,” researcher Gundi Knies tells the Daily Mail. “Or, in other words, the so called beauty premium is stable throughout people's employment history and pretty people are doing better even as they age.”

It's just that no one can remember what those office pros looked like.

Lesley Kennedy writes for Follow ShopAtHome on Twitter @shopathome and Lesley on Google+.

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