Re­vealed: Why men are wowed by bushy eye­brows

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Roger Dob­son

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

The sur­pris­ing re­sult emerged from a study into how fa­cial fea­tures are ranked for at­trac­tive­ness.

Re­searchers at Oak­land Univer­sity in Michi­gan asked al­most 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 rel­a­tively thicker eye­brows sig­nal other qual­i­ties, such as a ten­dency to­wards more groom­ing.

‘It is also pos­si­ble that this pref­er­ence re­flects cur­rent fash­ion trends. What­ever the as­so­ci­ated trait, it seems to be par­tic­u­larly de­sir­able in a long-term mat­ing con­text, such as mar­riage.’

The emer­gence of Ms Delev­ingne as a top model in 2012 has been widely cred­ited with spark­ing a re­turn to the fash­ion for fuller eye­brows last seen in the 1980s.

Dr Justin Mogilski, co-au­thor of the study pub­lished in the Fron­tiers In Psy­chol­ogy jour­nal, said: ‘We ex­pected that thicker eye­brows would be more at­trac­tive in a short-term re­la­tion­ship be­cause dense hair in­di­cates higher lev­els of cir­cu­lat­ing testos­terone, which is as­so­ci­ated with a more un­re­stricted so­cio-sex­u­al­ity [a will­ing­ness to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity out­side of a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship].

‘We ex­pect that what’s go­ing on is that eye­brows in­di­cate a more com­plex ar­ray of part­ner qual­i­ties than just a per­son’s sex­ual be­hav­iour. Our data sug­gests that peo­ple are draw­ing more in­for­ma­tion from a per­son’s eye­brows than pre­vi­ously doc­u­mented.’

One pre­vi­ous study claimed that plucked eye­brows sig­nify a nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity but an­other linked thicker brows to be­ing self-cen­tred.

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