Face and Lip Reading

Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Simon G Brown has studied macrobiotics since 1980 and authored many books, including Modern Day Macrobiotics, Macrobiotics for Life and Practical Wabi Sabi.

In past issues of the magazine Simon has introduced us to Macrobiotics, Wabi Sabi, Meditation and more.

This month Simon talks about living in an elastic, malleable, flexible universe where even time and gravity change.

I was recently asked by Softlips, creators of a natural lip balm using special lip care ingredient technology to write a paper on face and lip reading. Here is all the information you need to try it out.

We all face read and have been since birth. Our ability to recognise faces and associate characters with faces is one of our basic survival skills. We can remember faces more easily than names or information about a person. Each of us will have hundreds of faces stored in our memories along with our experience of each person’s character.

When we meet a new person we may find a part of his or her face, such as lips remind us of someone else. As soon as we make this subconscious connection we initially assume that the new person might have similar character traits as our previous acquaintance. In this way we often find ourselves judging people by their face. On a primal level this helps us decide whether we can trust a person, who is safe, if this would be someone to be friends with, and ultimately whether the person could potentially be someone we would want to start a family with.

The Chinese took this subconscious instinct and brought it to the conscious mind as a subjective study of the face. They developed ideas about what we can learn about someone’s character and health from face reading.

The lips are particularly interesting as along with the eyes they move whilst the rest of our face is relatively static. Our lips are one of the most sensitive parts of our body. Try running your finger very gently across your lips and compare the sensation to other areas of your skin. You may find you are attracted to touching your lips to stimulate this stronger sensation. This makes the lips a sensual part of the face and the way a person moves his or her lips can give us clues to how sensual he or she is.

In Chinese face reading the lips frame the dominant entrance to the body. They define where the outside of the face ends and the inside of our mouth begins. This bridge between the outside and inside further emphasises the lips role in telling us more about the image a person projects and the more authentic inner self.

In addition we use our lips to convey intimacy, love, warmth, friendship and sensuality by kissing. Perhaps without realising we look at a person’s lips to determine whether we might enjoy being closer to him or her. By using a lip balm, gloss or lipstick women can attract attention to their lips and create greater focus on a part of their face that invites the observer to look more closely at the inside and assess whether the woman is attractive in terms of sensuality.


The following information will help you make your own lip reading.
Wide smile
A wide smile indicates a strong appetite for life and a hunger for new experiences. Such a person will find it harder to feel satisfied and once settled get the urge to institute changes. Wide lips will typically extend so that the ends are beyond the outer edge of the iris when relaxed.

Narrow lips
Narrow lips suggests a more contained attitude to life and a person who is better able to make the most of whatever he or she has. A person with this kind of lips will have a greater appreciation for modesty, austerity and simplicity. A narrow mouth extends to below the insides of the iris.

Full lips
Full lips indicate someone enjoys the pleasures of life and is likely to be fun loving. He or she will tend to make the most of life as it happens and find it easier to muddle through rather than have to plan everything out. Full lips suggest the person values sensual experiences. A significantly fuller lower lip indicates a greater ability to relax.

Thin lips
Thin lips are associated with being more serious, responsible and hard working. Such a person may judge him or herself harshly and similarly expect high standards of others. This can result in a greater drive and motivation to do well in life. Lips get thinner with age and we may use lips to subconsciously help guess someone’s age.

Curvy upper lip
Lips that have a strong curvy shape across the top of the upper lip along with a pronounced philtrum suggest greater vitality. This could be sexual vitality or generally more energy and endurance. Look for a strong M shape to the top of the upper lip and a defined vertical groove between the peaks of the upper lip and nose.

Curved lower lip
A noticeable curve along the lower edge of the bottom lip indicates that style and artistic qualities are important. Such a person may find it easy to create a sense of glamour to what ever they do.

Open mouth
Someone who leaves his or her mouth open may be particularly relaxed and easy going. This would also reveal the inside of the mouth and suggest an open, accessible character.

Red lips
A strong natural red colour in the lips indicates a more fiery condition where the person may be excited, aroused or feel stimulated quickly. Sometimes a person’s lips will change colour during an emotive discussion.

Pale lips
Pale lips suggest someone may be feeling withdrawn and less interested in sensory experiences. Such a person may be feeling vulnerable and insecure.

Purple lips
You may sometimes see a purple patch on the lower part of the upper lip. This suggests the person may not be particularly satisfied on a sensory level.

Smiling sends out a message of friendliness. The unconscious signal is that the person is safe, playful and ready to engage. Smiles can also be a sign of approval, agreement and acquiescence. Someone who smiles often may be seeking harmony and sending out a signal that he or she wants to be accepted and included.

When someone is talking we can observe the way he or she moves his or her lips. Sometimes the person may make an effort to create neat and tidy movements bring his or her lips back to rest in the same place. This indicates self-control, organisation and care. Varied lip movement where the mouth takes on unexpected shapes and returns to a variety of positions suggest a person who likes spontaneity, surprise and change.

Pursed lips
Closing our lips tightly suggest tension, stress or concentration. Biting the lower lip can be a sign of anxiety.

To read more about Softlips log on to http://www.softlips.co.uk/ Simon G. Brown
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