Tattoos, beards, bad breath and bitten nails: What men and women find the biggest turn-offs in the opposite sex

Brad Pitt clearly loves them on Angelina, as  does David on Victoria Beckham, and everyone adores Cheryl Cole.

But tattoos on women are the biggest turn-of  for men, according to new research.

Some 37 per cent of men questioned in a new  poll about unattractive qualities in the opposite sex listed tattoos as their  number one turn-off, with more than three quarters of men (78 per cent) ranking  body art among their top five pet hates.

Painted lady: Brad Pitt clearly loves Angelina Jolie's tattoos, but new research suggests that they are the biggest turn-off for men

Painted lady: Brad Pitt clearly loves Angelina Jolie’s  tattoos, but new research suggests that they are the biggest turn-off for  men

Women on the other hand are fairly apathetic  about tattoos on men, with only 13 per cent of females considering them to be a  big passion-killer.

Instead, beards are what women are least  attracted to, with a third of those questioned voting hairy faces into the top  spot.

Bad breath came second on the lists of both  men and women, with 27 per cent of women and 28 per cent of men identifying  halitosis as their number one dating gripe.

And  smoking also ranked fairly high with both genders. Seventeen per cent of men  considered a cigarette habit to be the least attractive quality in a women,  while 11 per cent of women would never be turned on by a man puffing on a little  white stick.

Similarly, excessive body piercings would be  considered a dating no-no by everyone, with 10 per cent of men and 16 per cent  of women finding too much metalwork the biggest turn-off.

And nibbled, poorly maintained fingernails  are men’s fifth biggest complaint in a girl, with eight per cent voting a  nail-biting habit into the top spot.

Tatts the spirit: Cheryl Cole, wearing a backless dress, reveals two of her many tattoos
Big fan: Cheryl Cole is known for her love of body art, having already undergone around eight tattoos
 

Back to front: Cheryl Cole has at least eight tattoos,  but some men consider permanent body art to be unattractive even on the  prettiest of women

The research was conducted by electronic  cigarette retailer ecigarettedirect.co.uk who interviewed 500 people.

A spokesman for the company commented: ‘Women  getting tattoos is becoming  increasingly common in today’s society. Most top  female celebs seem to  have at least one and we even saw plenty of ink at Royal  Ascot this  year.

‘However, whilst many women want to get a  tattoo it seems most men dislike the idea finding them garish and  un-feminine.

‘Once applied tattoos are with the wearer for  life which may explain why the  ranked higher than things like bad breath and  smoking which can be  changed.

‘Both genders felt bad breath was a  significant turn off which is understandable, who wants to get close to somebody  with breath that makes you want to turn and run away?’

Hairy scary: One third of women find beards such as actor Zach Galifianakis' to be the least attractive quality in a man
Delicious or disgusting: George Clooney loves them, but one female respondent branded beards 'repulsive'

Hair we go: Male celebrities including actors Zach  Galifianakis and George Clooney are fond of facial hair, but new  research suggests women aren’t so keen

One male respondent  commented: ‘I find the  sight of tattoos on women extremely unattractive, regardless of how pretty the  woman wearing them is. Why anyone would  want to permanently mark themselves  like that is beyond me.’

One  female respondent commented on beards:  ‘They are just  disgusting! Some stubble is attractive on a man however a full  blown  beard is repulsive.

‘You never know how clean they are or what  they’re  hiding behind the hair and you always get that scratch feeling when  kissing.’

Puff of smoke: Christian Louboutin, Elizabeth Jagger, Sadie Frost and Kate Moss take a cigarette break at Jade Jagger's recent wedding, but 17 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women are turned off by smokers

Puff of smoke: Christian Louboutin, Elizabeth Jagger,  Sadie Frost and Kate Moss take a cigarette break at Jade Jagger’s recent  wedding, but 17 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women are turned off by  smokers

 

Metal mouth: Noomi Rapace had a face full of piercings for her role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but 10 per cent of men find excessive body piercings on women a turn-off

Metal mouth: Noomi Rapace had a face full of piercings  for her role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but 10 per cent of men find  excessive body piercings on women a turn-off

MEN’S  TURN-OFFS

1. Tattoos

2. Bad breath

3. Smoking

4. Excessive piercings

5. Biting fingernails

WOMEN’S  TURN-OFFS

1.  Beards

2. Bad  breath

3. Excessive  piercings

4.  Tattoos

5.  Smoking

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