Don't ask the mirror who's the fairest of them all - your brain will tell you lies

By Fiona Macrae
Last updated at 11:09 AM on 19th March 2009

You’ve spent an hour in front of the mirror making sure that you look perfect. But don't be fooled.

No matter how good you think you look, anyone else will be confronted with a somewhat different sight.

It is all down to the way the brain processes faces, say scientists.

Studies show that most people's eyes are drawn to the left - that is the right side of someone else's face.

This means that many of our first impressions are drawn from looking at just that half of a person's face.