Disclaimer - this applies equally to male and female.
The Maildotcom piece on lips makes the usual mistake:
Lips can say so much without ever uttering a single word. On a face, they really are the finishing touch to an entire look.
Why a mistake? Lips DO say so much. However, the nature of the person behind the lips also comes through and I don't like this female above. There's nothing "come hither" here but "I'm going all out for what I can get" in that determination and in the fixed stare of those glinting eyes.
The danger signals are the cold eyes and hard voice.
The other day, there were some comments on the character Linnet in Death on the Nile and we discussed accents. It finally registered in the brain - it wasn't her being dolled up or her accent or her poise or whatever - it was that she came across as a hard-nosed b--ch, where she's the sun and everyone else is a planet in orbit and I don't like those.
It comes out in the hard voice, in the look in the facial muscles, in the walk, in the talk.
You can doll yourself up all you like, male or female, but character always comes through.
Character can't be practiced but life changes can be effected.
[This post is part of #Silly Week.]