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To tell someone you don't agree with their view on what is good looking in a light-hearted way.

For instance, you visit a very skilled tattoo artist but his view on what looks good is not the same as you. What is a better way to say 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' or 'beauty is subjective'?

I trust your professionalism and skill but fill_in_the_blank_here.

What about using aesthetic view?

I trust your professionalism and skill but we don't share the same aesthetic view?

I'm thinking if aesthetic eyes is appropriate?

I trust your professionalism and skill but not so on your aesthetic eyes

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  • The phrase you mention, 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder', is a good one. It's well-known and still used. Why do you think it's old-school, erudite or pretentious?
    – Rosie F
    Jul 5 '19 at 5:53
  • @RosieF It sounds cliché.
    – Jalene
    Jul 5 '19 at 6:21
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To each their own

Whatever floats your boat

Sure, whatever you like

I would just say we don't share the same aesthetics.

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The question seems to be more about putting something appropriate into place in the example sentence than, strictly speaking, an alternative to beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (Because I don't think that phrase fits into the example sentence.)

I would say this:

I trust your professionalism and skill, but I'm afraid we have different tastes.

In this case, taste is using the following senses:

[Merriam-Webster]
5 : individual preference : INCLINATION
6 a : critical judgment, discernment, or appreciation
6 b : manner or aesthetic quality indicative of such discernment or appreciation


Note that purely as an alternative to beauty is the eye of the beholder, I like people see what they want to see. However, as I said, neither of these expressions, or others like them, would work with the example sentence.

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  • I agree... "That's not really my taste," is probably the most tactful way to disagree with someone else's aesthetic sensibilities (- the term we used in art school).
    – Oldbag
    Jul 5 '19 at 12:20

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