The study of 2,000 adults found that most men preferred their partner to be more attractive since it boosted their self-esteem, with a third saying the most important thing was to make other men envious, Daily Mail reported.
It also revealed what men saw, as the key attributes that helped them to land a better-looking partner, with being funny, a good listener and having good manners all deemed crucial.
The research, for the Celebalike app, found getting on well with women, sensitivity and a good smile were also in the top 20.
Twenty percent of the men thought having a more attractive partner made them more appealing to other women.
Many of the elements men said led them to success were personality-based, like the ability to be funny, show intelligence and make good conversation.
The research also found being articulate, smooth-talking, good in bed and well- travelled as boosting men's confidence. Cooking skills, having money and smelling good were cited among men's tips for attracting the other sex, as were dancing skills, chat-up lines and having great hair.