I still think this poll doesn’t get to the heart of the matter and is deeply flawed.
Even things you do not consciously notice can still add up. You may not be a huge lighting fiend, but you probably feel more comfortable in a room with nice indirect lighting rather than blaring florescent, even if you can’t put your finger on why one room is better than the other. The subtle aroma of vanilla is proven to make people buy more at a bakery, even if they never say “hey, that’s vanilla that I’m smelling.”
You probably don’t notice that a woman always has a nice manicure. But you might have a sense that “she’s put together” or “she takes care of herself.” I bet if you look carefully, those girls who “take care of themselves” have neatly trimmed nails (and don’t be fooled- a pricey time-consuming manicure does not always mean bright colors…half the time I get clear or barely-noticeable French) It gives off the subtle but very real vibe that a woman spends time and money on her grooming.
How do I know this? I never used to keep up my nails. Then I started to, and was shocked at how many people said the exact words “You look like you take care of yourself.”
I imagine very few guys care exactly what shoes a woman is wearing. But they do notice if she has nice legs. If they took a tally, I bet they’d notice that every woman with “nice legs,” a “nice butt” or a “sexy walk” is wearing heels. I bet they hardly ever notice the legs of women in flats. They may not even make the connection between “sexy bottom half” and “wearing heels,” much less wearing any specific pair of heels. But it is there.
Likewise with makeup. Since most sexually available women wear some make-up, I don’t think men really understand how unattractive many of us can be without it. Half of make-up is designed to not really be explicitly noticeable at all. But in a side-by-side comparison, you’d almost certainly prefer the made-up face. And on a day-to-day basis, a woman’s makeup is going to contribute significantly to your overall assessment of her, even if you don’t really care about the makeup itself.
It would be better for guys to take a sample of, say five girls that they are attracted to and five girls of similar age that they are not attracted to and then see if those girls have certain grooming traits in common.