• Daniel Bullock

Everyday Idioms Made Easy: Beauty Inside And Out + 11 Beauty idioms

Updated: Jul 7


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She is beautiful inside and out

In this post, we will learn about 12 everyday beauty idioms in an easy-to-understand way. These will help you to have casual English conversations and also boost your listening comprehension. Also, read through to the bottom to find a special bonus idiom!


What does beautiful inside and out mean?

This English expression means that a person’s character is good and kind. And it also means the person looks attractive. It is used as a compliment when talking about somebody, or it can be said directly to them. There are many other combinations of this phrase. For instance, beautiful inside and outside. It means the person is attractive both physically and character-wise.


How do you use beautiful inside and out in a sentence?

Beautiful inside and out works as an adjective. Therefore, we say or write it after "be" verbs. There are some variations of this saying, so here we will outline the sayings and give example sentences. If the idiom already contains a verb (for instance: stay beautiful inside and out), then we do not need to use a be verb. If you would like further information on the precise meaning of beauty, read this. It may help you perceive the expression in a deeper sense.


Be verbs to be used with "beautiful inside and out":

  • is

  • am

  • was

  • are

  • were

  • been


Beauty inside and out

If you want to have beauty inside and out, it is important to consider other people’s feelings when speaking.

Stay beautiful inside and out

The use of the word stay indicates we want the person to remain a good person, to not change how they are now. For instance:

I hope Olivia stays beautiful inside and out. She might change when she grows up.

Beautiful inside and out

Catherine is beautiful inside and out. She always cares about how other people feel.

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Our grandma was beautiful inside and out

Being beautiful inside and out




Our grandmother was admired for being beautiful inside and out.





You are beautiful inside and out

English speakers use this saying for giving encouragement or a compliment, often when someone is feeling down or depressed.


Emma, you are beautiful inside and out. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Be beautiful inside and out

It is difficult for people always to be beautiful inside and out.

Is "you are beautiful inside and out" grammatically correct?

Yes, this expression is correct. There are other sayings, such as “Beauty inside and out" that, in order to be completely natural, should be included within a sentence. We would probably not just say beauty inside and out alone. We would instead say something like: Amelia has it all. She has beauty inside and out.


Beauty idioms (and some not-so-beautiful!)

Here are some more idioms about beauty that can be used in everyday conversation. Some of them are positive and some of them are negative. I would not recommend using the negative ones to actually talk about people, as it can be very hurtful to the target person. Rather, it is helpful to understand them so that we can boost our English listening comprehension. As an English learner, if you would like to know more about the word ugliness, you can find a very good explanation right here.


Face that could stop a clock


This beauty idiom (or more accurately: ugliness idiom!) refers to someone who is ugly in appearance. It is as if the hands on a clock would stop moving due to the shock of the ugliness. Another variation of this is:


A face that would stop a clock

Here is an example in a sentence:



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My pet has a face so ugly it would stop a clock
My pet dog has a face that could stop a clock. He is so ugly he shocks other dogs!





Inner beauty meaning

The saying “inner beauty’ means that someone has a wonderful, kind, generous or friendly character. It refers to personality rather than physical appearance. Here is a sentence including this saying:


It might not look like it, but there is an inner beauty to Liam that many people do not notice.

Got to go home and get my beauty sleep

This English saying has two parts. The first part indicates the person would like to leave the social situation. For example a party or work. The second part involves sleep.


What is beauty sleep?

This means that when we get enough, restful sleep we can stay looking good, basically we remain beautiful. Think of it as a kind of body maintenance. It is often used in a humorous way. One way it is humorously used is when an older person says it, jokingly implying they are still young.


Let’s have a look at a sample conversation using this idiom:


A: Sophia, are you going to stay with us for one more drink?

B: Sorry, Ava. Got to go home and get my beauty sleep. I have work in the morning.

A: Okay. Have a safe train ride home!



A face only a mom would love

Very similar to “a face that could stop a clock”, this implies that the person is so ugly that only their mother would love them. An alternative to this would be:



A face only a mother can love


Both of these English sayings are extremely direct. As mentioned earlier, I would not recommend using them in conversation as they may easily cause offense. Here is an example sentence using an animal instead!

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He's got a face that only a mom can love, unfortunately!


Our cat Noah has a face only a mom would love. He is so ugly, he has almost become cute!



Example English dialog quiz including everyday beauty idioms


Beauty Idioms: Have a read of this conversation including a few idioms about beauty. See how many you can find!


Charlotte: Look at that, Oliver.

Oliver: What?

Charlotte: Max, our dog. He really does have a face that could stop a clock.

Oliver: Yeah, I know what you mean. He doesn’t exactly have beauty inside and out, does he?

Charlotte: Nope, but being beautiful inside and out is a very rare thing to find in a pet. At least Max has a loving personality!

Oliver: Yes, you’re right. Even though he is a little bit ugly, he is still so huggable! Would you like to take him for a walk now?

Charlotte: I’m afraid not. Got to go home and get my beauty sleep.

Oliver: No worries. Let’s take our beautifully ugly dog for a walk tomorrow, then!

Charlotte: Sounds like a good plan!


How many beauty idioms did you find? There were four! I hope this tutorial has made these everyday idioms easy to understand. If you would like more information on idioms, including meanings and examples, why not have a look at some of the other idiom posts here on the Daniel’s English Club blog. There are lots! To speed up your idiom learning, I’d recommend Beginner's Guide: How to Quickly Learn English Idioms and Phrases, in particular!


Summary table of everyday beauty idioms

Here are the 12 everyday idioms from today's tutorial. As we can see, some of them talk about having an attractive appearance, while some of them talk about being good inside, for instance, inner beauty. Other sayings such as a face that could stop a clock are used to refer to ugliness.

Beautiful inside and out

Beauty inside and out

Stay beautiful inside and out

Being beautiful inside and out

You are beautiful inside and out

Be beautiful inside and out

Face that could stop a clock

A face that would stop a clock

Inner beauty

Got to go home and get my beauty sleep

A face only a mom would love

A face only a mother can love

Bonus idiom: Beautiful human being inside and out

This saying is pretty similar to the other beauty sayings we have encountered today, however, it offers a slight variation. We aren't focussing on gender here, but on the human being themself. Here is an example sentence:


Isla us a beautiful human being inside and out.

Synonym of "beautiful human being inside and out"

We can say the person is attractive on the outside and also of very good character.