Excuse me for being more of a 'face' guy, but I was drawn to her ocean-blue eyes and angelic face the moment I set my eyes on her.

"A face guy" is a rather derogatory term used to describe a shallow man who, setting great store by physical attractiveness, only shows interest in the looks of his potential date. Her personality and whatnot only come a distant second.

Incidentally, in Japanese we have a commonly used slang-ish word, 面食い, that means more or less the same thing.

I wonder if French has an equivalent expression?

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    Incidentally, you can be an anything guy, I think.
    – Luke Sawczak
    Dec 16 '17 at 2:11

You can say "un homme attaché aux apparences", which means that the guy gives a lot of importance to the exterior aspects of people, to their appearances. It has a negative connotation.


Il est porté sur le physique.


Il attache plus d'importance au physique.

But it does not have the same negative connotation as face guy.


I would translate it as "un homme superficiel", which pretty much describes the idea of a "face" guy: a man only looking into the physical characteristics of his potential date.

  • Superficiel does not really convey the idea that the guy is only interested in the physical characteritics; people can be superficiel in so many other ways, such as being interested only in money, in having fun, etc.
    – Greg
    Dec 16 '17 at 8:40
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    @Greg That's true it also means that, but I heard and read superficiel being used quite some times to describe this. I guess it also depends on the context when it is used.
    – Isuka
    Dec 16 '17 at 9:20

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