Have you lost weight Women's favourite compliment is to mention her slim figure (but NEVER tell her she looks like her mum)
14:37 GMT, 13 April 2012
You might think your partner has a beautiful smile but if you want to win her heart, compliment her on being thin.
The best way to please a woman is to mention her weight loss, research has revealed.
According to the study of 2,000 men and women, ladies love it best when their men say they look thinner than normal.
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But although 43 per cent of girls are
obsessed with their weight, a further four in 10 are happiest when
someone comments on their gorgeous smile.
Other compliments guaranteed to put men in the good books are those which focus on the way a woman smells, how nice her hair is, or what beautiful eyes she has.
But men should avoid talking about how well a woman looks as she’ll think he’s saying she’s fat.
And mentioning the fact she looks tired or under the weather are complete no-no’s.
A spokesman for Dental Care Plus Implant Centres, which conducted the study, said: 'Women are complex creatures, and men would be mistaken to think they couldn’t go wrong with a compliment.
'Women appear to love any compliments which suggest they are beautiful, and have good features – such as fantastic natural teeth, lips, hair or legs.
'In particular they want to appear thin to everyone around them, so commenting on weight loss is a sure fire way to score brownie points.
'But you could get into hot water for saying that someone looks like they have eaten well, or that they look quite broad around the shoulder.'
The study suggests women like it when men say a dress or colour really suits them, and a third simply love to be told they look gorgeous.
In contrast, men get into trouble if they make mention of weight gain – and a quarter of women take great insult to being told they look like their mum or dad.
TOP TEN NICEST COMPLIMENTS
You look like you’ve lost weightYou have a nice smile
You smell niceNice hairThat dress really suits youThat colour really suits youLove what you’re wearingYour eyes are prettyYou look slimYou look gorgeous
TOP TEN WORST COMPLIMENTS
You look tiredYou look under the weatherYou look wellYou have put some weight onYou look just like your dad / mumYou don’t look as bad as I thought you wouldYou’re not as stupid as you lookYou look less tired todayYou have very large featuresYou’re quite broad aren’t you
Other back-handed compliments include ‘you’re not as stupid as you look’ and ‘you don’t look as bad as I thought you would’.
Women also hate anyone to make reference to their ‘large features’ and are particularly unimpressed if someone says they are broad.
Incredibly, only half of women actually take compliments well – and four in 10 prefer to have them from a partner than anyone else.
Unfortunately for men, 36 per cent of girls have ended up in a mood because they misunderstood something which was supposed to be admiration.
Indeed, a fifth of girls thought a partner was calling them fat when they said they looked curvy.
And 14 per cent misunderstood praise about their make-up, assuming they were wearing too much.
While 15 per cent got cross when a partner said their outfit was figure hugging, believing he was saying it was too tight.
The spokesman for Dental Care Plus Implant Centres continues: 'The study suggests women only get one compliment from their partners each day – and it is easy to understand why.
'Most men probably live in fear of getting it wrong, and so don’t bother trying to be nice.
'Men just need to think more about how to deliver a compliment, so that it doesn’t get misunderstood.
'For example women would love to hear that they have beautiful natural looking teeth, or an awesome smile, but might not be so keen for people to acknowledge obvious dental work or teeth whitening.'
But the survey shows a whopping 87 per cent of men reckon they do regularly compliment their partners – offering up to three every day.
And when it comes to what men like to see on a woman, the biggest turn off for 38 per cent is food stuck in between in their teeth.
A further 37 per cent don’t like women to over-do it on the fake tan, while 37 per cent hate girls to wear too much make up.
A quarter of men polled don’t like gapped teeth as sported by celebrities such as Madonna and Vanessa Paradis.