How women’s eyebrows reveal where they hail from even better than accents

July 20th, 2012
  • Southerners like Duchess of Cambridge favour the thick, natural South brow

  • Dark Scouse brow favoured by Northerners; Welsh opt for ‘soft arch’

  • West Midlanders like a happy brow whilst Irish prefer the tadpole look

by Bianca London

PUBLISHED: 07:30 EST, 5 July 2012 | UPDATED: 10:09 EST, 11 July 2012

From Coleen Rooney’s thick Liverpool accent to Amy Childs’ Essex twang, accents are a clear tell-tale sign of where a woman is from.

But according to new research the shape of a woman’s eyebrows reveals where she is from even quicker than her accent.

As brow bars and regional brow trends continue to take off, a study has revealed people can pinpoint where a woman is from by the shape of her eyebrows – before they even hear her accent.

London and South East       Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds               Wales

Even Kate Middleton is braving the more thick and full ‘south brow’

Liverpool-born WAG Coleen embraces the thinner, more raised Scouse brow

The soft arched brow is favoured by glamorous Welsh export Catherine Zeta Jones

        Ireland                         Midlands (Birmingham and Coventry)            Scotland

Una Healy shows her Irish tadpole brows

Cat Deeley has the Brummie happy brow

Scottish DJ Edith Bowman has plank brows

Southerners are braving the thick ‘South’ brow, which has been adopted by celebs such as Keira Knightley, Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne, Lauren Goodger, Amy Childs, Tamara Ecclestone and even the Duchess of Cambridge.

But Debenhams’ sales reveal that shoppers int he South prefer a more natural finish to their thicker brows, rather than the very dark brown needed to create the Scouse brow that has been made famous by Liverpool ladies.

Indeed, shoppers in the South are buying 93 per cent more natural-toned brow pencils than their Northern counterparts.

However, sales of eyebrow wax and darker pencils at the department store are far higher in the Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds branches of the department store as shoppers go for the Scouse brow favoured by England football captain’s wife Alex Gerrard and Coleen Rooney.

Irish women prefer a ‘tadpole’ eyebrow – thick and round at the inner corners before going into an immediate thin arch ending with a very thin brow – when they get an in-store beauty appointment.

And sales figures show the Emerald Isle sells the least amount of eyebrow products.

Meanwhile, women from Birmingham and other West Midlanders shape their brows into an almost half circle shape called the ‘happy’ eyebrow, while serious Scots prefer the ‘plank’ – the straightest of the eyebrow shapes.


North (Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds) Scouse Brow Midlands (Birmingham and Coventry): happy brow South: London, Essex, Brighton and Portsmouth – South BrowIreland: Tadpole brow Scotland: Plank browWales: Soft arched brow

Women booking appointments in Wales are requesting the ‘soft arched’ brow – favoured by glamorous Welsh export Catherine Zeta Jones.

Sara Stern, beauty director at Debenhams, said: ‘The number of women adopting signature brow styles for the region that they live in is so high that it’s like having a brow-o-meter; you can instantly guess what area they are from.

‘The Scouse brow is still hugely popular in the north with the likes of Coleen Rooney, but southerners have their own interpretation.

‘Instead of the brutal Scouse brow – which is a heavily defined, dark, square and thick penciled eyebrow – Londoners have created their own trend, the ‘South brow’. Still opting for big brows, but going for a more natural look, less panto dame.

‘Some regions are steering clear of the thicker brows – finding both the Scouse and South brow as terrifying as the vajazzle.

‘Women used to pluck, thread and wax their brows within a millimetre of their lives, but it’s now about making a statement.’


How women’s eyebrows reveal where they hail from even better than accents

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