Let’s look at a handy shortcut for detecting a fake smile. Smiles can range from a barely visible sly smile to a full face expression of unbridled joy. Regardless of the type of smile there is one thing we can look at to figure out whether or not it is genuine: the eyes.
When we smile a real smile, a true smile, the area just under our eyelids bunches up a little. This area is very, very difficult to control on command and most people who can do so will inadvertently move their eyebrows. I will cover this in a later post, for now let’s keep it simple.
Below are two picture of Brad Pitt’s eyes, taken within a month of each other. Notice the difference in the area just under his eyes:
Again, these pictures were taken within a month of each other so the difference is not wrinkles due to age. If you look closely you’ll notice that his eyelids are closed by almost the exact same amount, but the area just under his eyes is completely different.
So let’s apply this lesson to two of Hollywood’s best fake smilers:
The answer: both smiles are fake. Notice the lack of any real movement or bunching just under their eyes. These are good fake smiles, but still fake.