It has been said that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and to a large degree, this is true. Beauty is basically our perception of a myriad of physical attributes that are pleasing to our senses and fulfill our ideals as they pertain to beauty. In this sense, beauty is subjective and is based upon qualities of an individual or object that are personally meaningful and emotionally stirring to us.
The symmetry of one's face and body are thought to be a large contributor to the perception of beauty. Perfect symmetry are thought to convey not only physical beauty, but also fitness and health.
Beauty is not solely based on outer physical attributes, but is often thought of as a combination of physical and inner beauty which consists of an individual's charm, confidence, sincerity, personality and character.
It is the opinion of many that society defines beauty in somewhat superficial terms and places great emphasis on outer beauty. Many times this leads individuals who do not fit the "beauty mold" of society to feel socially ostracized and unfit for social and relational acceptance. It has also been found that physical beauty, or lack thereof, has a significant effect on how individuals are judged in terms of career and employment opportunities.
While societies and cultures may place more importance on physical beauty, the characteristics that comprise inner beauty will most likely stand the test of time and may ultimately lead to a more successful and fulfilling life.