Forget witty chat-up lines and splashing on the aftershave.
It appears the secret of a man’s attractiveness to the opposite sex lies in his hands.
Men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers are seen as better bets by women, a study found. By contrast those seen as wimpier sorts will have longer index fingers.
It is thought that exposure to high levels of testosterone in the womb has a long-lasting effect on finger-length – and on looks.
The study is the latest in a long line to link the shape of man’s hands with his path in life.
British, French and Swiss researchers photographed 49 young men and measured the length of their ring and index fingers.
They also recorded their voices and took swabs to capture general odour. They then showed a group of women the photos and asked them to rate the men’s looks.
Those whose ring fingers were longer than their index fingers were more likely to win the women’s approval. They were seen as good prospects for both a fling and a long-term relationship.