Re­vealed: Why men go wow for bushy brows

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Roger Dob­son

IT’S a find­ing likely to raise plenty of eye­brows. Sci­en­tists say women with thicker brows, such as model Cara Delev­ingne and ac­tress Au­drey Hep­burn, are more at­trac­tive to men – es­pe­cially those seek­ing a longterm part­ner.

The re­sult emerged from a study into how fa­cial fea­tures are ranked. Re­searchers at Oak­land Uni­ver­sity in Michi­gan asked 1,000 men and women to rate a se­ries of im­ages, and the study’s se­nior au­thor, Dr Lisa Welling, said: ‘Thicker eye­brows were pre­ferred in fe­male faces. It was an un­ex­pected find­ing as pre­vi­ous re­search showed that thicker eye­brows are seen as more mas­cu­line and dom­i­nant.

‘It could be that thicker eye­brows sig­nal other qual­i­ties, such as a ten­dency to­wards more groom­ing. It is also pos­si­ble this pref­er­ence re­flects fash­ion. What­ever the as­so­ci­ated trait, it seems to be par­tic­u­larly de­sir­able in a long-term mat­ing con­text.’ Co-au­thor Dr Justin Mogilski added: ‘We ex­pected that thicker eye­brows would be more at­trac­tive in a short-term re­la­tion­ship be­cause dense hair in­di­cates higher lev­els of testos­terone, which is as­so­ci­ated with a more un­re­stricted so­cio-sex­u­al­ity.’

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