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Cute means I feel affection for you. It includes your personality, your smile, everything about you. I enjoy your company. I feel a connection with you.
Handsome/hot means you turn me on. At the very most, it means you do not have a TERRIBLE personality, but not necessarily a good one (all it means is that your personality is not bad enough to be a turn-off).
Handsome is straightforward looks. Cute is what you're aiming for!