Women try to look more masculine as they embrace the 'lowbrow' look and even turn to surgery to achieve itPlastic surgeons say women's eyebrows are becoming lower, fatter and less archedResearchers claim the ideal eyebrow has moved closer to the eye over the last 60 yearsWomen 'subconsciously opting for masculine brows as they compete with men in the workplace'
02:45 GMT, 17 September 2012
It used to be something to avoid – but being lowbrow has become rather fashionable.
A study has found that ladies’ eyebrows are being plucked and pencilled to sit closer to the eyes than they did in decades gone by.
Researchers have suggested that working women are subconsciously sculpting their eyebrows into the more masculine shape.
Screen sirens: Greta Garbo (left) was well known for her pencil thin brows. These days, women are plumping for a thicker, lower style such as Demi Moore's (right)
The conclusions come from U.S.
surgeons who examined the features of models and actresses in fashion
magazines dating back to 1946, using callipers and rulers to measure the
fine details of their eyebrows.
The study found that for many years
high, arched pairs were popular. The style, which was thought to make
women look younger, peaked in the mid-1960s.
Nowadays, the University of Southern
California team says stars’ eyebrows are lower and flatter. In a look
exhibited by actress Demi Moore, the highest points have also moved
outwards, away from the nose.
Changing fashion: Towie star Lydia Bright (left) and model Abbey Clancy (right) have both opted for lower, and darker brows, contrasting with their light locks
‘According to fashion magazines, the
ideal youthful female eyebrow is gradually becoming lower and flatter
than it used to be, making it less different [from] the male eyebrow,’
the team stated.
‘This is, in part, a response to increasing parity between men and women in the workplace.
'With the eyebrow shape alone less
able to convey femininity, the fullness or luminance [ability to reflect
light] of the female brow may become increasingly important.'
Light and dark: Kelly Osbourne (left) went against the grain when she kept her bleach blonde brows after a fashion shoot. Coleen Rooney (right) has pioneered the so called 'Scouse brow' – a thicker darker, but perfectly groomed style
The researchers said the modern look
of lower, straighter brows was particularly beneficial for those with
long faces as it avoids adding to the impression of length.
The study, reported in the journal Clinical Plastic Surgery, was conducted to help surgeons carry out forehead lifts.
It found that a woman’s eyebrows
rarely match, with the right one often more steeply angled. This could
be because most are right-handed.
Mark Soldin, a spokesman for the
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
and a consultant plastic surgeon at St George's and Kingston hospitals,
told the Independent: 'Upward curvature of the eyebrows was considered
to be an attractive feminine feature in the past.
'We are finding that more and more women are looking for a flatter, straighter, more masculine look.
'I think it has to do with the increasing equality of the sexes.'