Ideally the lips should appear rosy in colour and somewhat moist. They should not appear dry or cracked. The paler the colour and drier the lip, the poorer the emotional energy and warmth in the nature. The rosy, pink colours are conducive to emotional and mental expression, whilst the paler “ lip shades “ tend towards introversion and emotional constraint.
Aberrations in health can be seen in the colour and moisture of the lips. Dry lips with the appearance of vertical lines may indicate digestive disturbances and poor absorption of nutrients from food.
Vertical crease above the upper lip which usually make their appearance in women during menopause may hint at adrenal exhaustion. It’s through self-observation and intuitive “listening” to our body signals that we can make the best use of our knowledge to improve our health and longevity.
Food, taste and culinary enjoyments are no less revealed in the contours and colour of the lips.
The lips represent the point 60 on the face or the 60th year of life in Sieng Mein or Chinese Face Reading. It therefore reflects the likely trends of life at that point in our lives.
If the upper lip is considerably thinner than its lower counterpart, it reveals an inability to reciprocate in relationships.
Conversely, a thinner lower lip indicates an overly giving nature.
The ideal lips are those that are full, round and even. The upper and lower lip in equal distribution shows a sensual, sensitive and caring person.
The mouth and lips being a gauge of your character, very ably indicate either your kindness or severity, your happiness or depression, your selfishness or generosity. Generally a good mouth is one in which the corners of the lips turn up slightly, the corners are called ling or sea corners by the Asian system of face analysts. In the context of your face, the lips should be full and of a light reddish or pinkish colour and this indicates your warm affable and vibrant nature. Your health is also favoured if you have finely coloured lips.
It’s far better to have a mouth that is large on a small face than the opposite and of course a good firm mouth with smooth skin and sheen reveals your integrity, health and fine personality as well. Preferably the teeth are not exposed or visible. This is one of the five exposures and is considered an unlucky omen.
It’s rare to find both upper and lower lip being the same size. You’re indeed fortunate if you have lips like this. Usually however one or other of the lips will be larger. If, for example, your upper lip is thinner than your lower lip, you may find it hard or not quite in keeping with your nature generally, to “give” in your relationships. It also indicates on a more positive note an astute and streetwise nature in which you somehow always fall on your feet, even in the midst of the greatest difficulties. This is because you have learnt to improvise in life.
Another interesting mouth shape is the one in which the lips protrude. Kerry Packer, the famous Australian multi-billionaire, has a protruding mouth. If, like him, your lips protrude it reveals to the world your exceedingly high standards of personal behaviour and your expectation of the standards of behaviour of those with whom you deal. Unfortunately the down side of the protruding mouth is the fact that you might not be easily satisfied with your sexual experiences. This frustration may be a result of a hard disciplinary early childhood which reflected very conservative or parental schooling ethics. You’re also never afraid to speak your mind, but need to guard a certain impulsiveness in your speech.
When your upper lip is thin, but you possess a nicely formed full lower lip, you possess a high degree of ambition and may be extremely competitive in seeing those ambitions fulfilled. You’re especially argumentative when it comes to putting forward your opinion and may also be forceful in doing so.
Occasionally the upper lip comes to a point in the middle, touching the lower lip. This is called a point of sensitivity. If you possess this sensitive point, you’re considered the most wonderful friend and partner to have in life. You exhibit a great deal of faithfulness, kindness and devotion in the way you interact with the one you love. In other words, you’re an ideal partner. Some of the other positive virtues which are reflected in the point of sensitivity are your capable oratory skills and sales and public relations ability. You could be successful in any field of endeavour or professional pursuit which engages your capacity to speak.
All of us long for a warm and affectionate partner in life. If your lips are moist and plump, you’re indeed a warm hearted and demonstrative person. You may however wear your heart on your sleeve and when the necessity to express a more ruthless attitude is required, you will possibly be incapable of exerting that hard heartedness to the situation in question.
Conversely, your upper lip may be thicker than your lower lip. If that is you, then you may find yourself the giver in relationships and wonder why your love is not reciprocated. Perhaps you need to examine your over effusive gestures in the romantic department, step back and wait for love to come to you. You don’t have to smother your partners with love to receive it and sometimes, most interestingly, others are more attracted to someone who doesn’t try that hard to win approval. In other systems of face reading, the thicker upper lip is regarded as a mark of unfaithfulness in marriage and relationships but this may be too hasty a generalisation and is usually accompanied by other subtle markings in the lips which we will look at now.
When you meet a person with an overlapping upper lip, be sure that this is a marking of selfishness and someone who’s clearly concerned with what he or she can get rather than what they may give or provide others with. This is in particular a marking of a highly sexed individual and if your lip appears to have this quality, you should very carefully consider issues of marriage and long term relationships. Face readers are of the opinion that the overlapping upper lip may result in the person who requires a great deal of sexual variety in life and may find it difficult to avoid “extracurricular activities”.
The overhanging lip is similar in nature but may appear to cover a larger area of the lip. In this case it signals a predatory sexual character or someone who may stalk or harass people purely for sexual gratification. Tread carefully when dealing with these sorts of people especially if you’re initially enamoured by their advances. If the upper lip noticeably droops over the lower lip, this is called the eagle’s mouth and affects a more dangerous and possibly even violent individual.
When the lower lip overlaps the upper lip, there is an element of nastiness and brutality in the nature. Usually the fleshy lower lip indicates abundant sexual pleasures, but as you can see, where there is any overhanging of the upper or lower lip the natural sexual desires may become distorted.
A receding upper lip means you’re fascinated and possibly even attracted by members of your own sex, i.e a homosexual tendency may be prevalent in your character. But as usual, it’s important to reiterate that no one facial marking should be immediately and impulsively used as a determinant of an overall personality.
The protruding lower lip is usually accompanied by a pronounced jawline or a protruding forceful chin. This means, if you possess a protruding lower lip such as this, you’re combative, very uncompromising and may even actual seek confrontational situations in which to resolve your problems. Your co-workers or employees may even regard you as a heartless individual, rarely taking time to develop compassion or empathy in resolving these matters.
The lower lip may curve out and if it does, particularly if you have an upward movement to the curve, you exhibit a bohemian nature, rather free and progressive in your thinking and lifestyle.
As the mouth is an indicator of sexuality, you’re able to ascertain much about the sex drive and the capacity for sexual fulfilment through a careful scrutiny of the lips. If you possess a long thick upper lip, you may take considerable time to achieve and enjoy sexual orgasm. It’s not that you don’t have a powerful sex drive. That, you certainly do. But you do appear to be more concerned with your own self fulfilment in the act rather than the sharing of a loving experience.
The exact opposite will be found if you possess a short upper lip. You may reach orgasm rather quickly and may need to slow your pace in bed. The same is the case if your lips are small, you may reach orgasm quickly but in terms of your capacity to share, you exceed your long thick upper lipped counterpart. Not only that, having a small mouth means you’re a very creative lover and may possess an uncanny improvisatory capacity in the bedroom.
Small mouthed person is certainly more introverted and cautious than a larger mouthed person. The energy is more self directed and inward looking. On a financial level you can sometimes be considered a little too frugal in sharing your resources with others. Some might even say miserly. But, by the same token, this particular character trait of yours when well directed, can result in substantial savings and investment ability. Your mind is suspicious of others and this probably reflects a certain amount of poor self confidence which you need to work on. You quite enjoy your own company, unless of course you opt for a pet in which case you may end up enjoying the company of your animals more than other human beings. In the extreme, you may be lonely, shunning the company of others and finding it extremely difficult to share, not just your finances but your feelings.
If your mouth is small and you possess and endomorphic structure physically, you may tend to overeat as a substitute for reconciling your emotional difficulties and therefore obesity could become a problem at some stage. You will need to carefully study the other features of your face to gain an insight into what areas you may have been deprived of to establish firmly the root of your emotional difficulties and frustrations.
Finally, a small mouth endows you with a strong fantasy nature, powerful self will and determination even though outwardly appearing soft. Sexually you’re quickly gratified and will be found to be quite an exciting and inventive lover.
Having a large mouth indicates your capacity to be quickly aroused in the area of lovemaking, but may experience inconsistency during your lovemaking encounters. You may at times be ecstatically high and then struggle to find your centre of pleasure. Also, your large mouth if it’s accompanied by thick lips, indicates your impulsive and rash nature. As the mouth is a very accurate reflector of your personality and the size of he mouth tells quite a bit about your vitality and strength, your large mouth does betoken a warmth and gregariousness and humour, coupled with generally strong physical vitality.
You have an innate aptitude for business or perhaps simply an approach to everyday chores which is very businesslike. If your mouth is large, but doesn’t close tightly, your nature will be a lot more easygoing with willpower lacking. Your New Year’s resolutions never last that long. Chinese face readers intimate that you may have come from a well-to-do family.
Always seek the harmony between the mouth, nose and forehead before offering a judgement, otherwise your conclusions may be completely wrong and of course don’t forget to take into account gender. It’s quite obvious that women’s mouths should be delicate, and the lips soft. This will not be the case, usually, with males. All in all though, a larger mouth is a positive omen for the general character.
When confronted by angry or worried people, you will inevitably find the lips tightly pursed or clenched. This is a dead give away. The more frequent the worry, the more habitual the tendency to purse the lips. If your lips are tightly pursed, it’s imperative you learn the art of surrender and “going with the flow” as they say.
A tight mouth betrays your unforgiving nature. You may be incapable of letting go of hurts or past injustices and are very capable in holding a grudge. But the holding of grudges hurts no one but yourself and therefore your lips reflect to you a higher spiritual lesson centred in the ideal of forgiveness. The more you’re able to forgive the freer and more harmonious your spirit will become.
Earlier we saw the meaning of the singular thin upper lip. In your case both lips may be thin which displays to the world your unhappiness. Your inner bitterness with life is clearly seen in your thin lips and it’s this very bitterness which has caused your instability in life.
The Chinese Taoists have a very interesting saying “An intelligent farmer never throws the cow manure out. He uses it as fertiliser for the growth of fine foods”. In the same way, the injustices and difficulties of your life may be used as fertiliser for the higher spiritual growth in your life. Should your thin lips also exhibit a tightness you have a tendency to stubbornness which may make it all that much harder for you to flexibly release that bitterness. Keep trying
Some thin lips are narrow and some are wide. There is a marked difference between these two. If you possess thin lips which are also broad or wide, your authoritarian nature and your inflexible manner are probably already well noted by your peers. Being of firm mind, responsible and decisive still may not counteract your rather large ego. You’re partial in your generosity and may only do so when it serves your need to control your environment for circumstances in which you see some personal benefit. Your spiritual life lesson centres around the concepts of letting go, delegation of tasks and less self criticism or judgement.
Your wide lips do endow you with a very disciplined nature which carries over into your relationships as a rather unusual form of loyalty. This would be more so if your lip is rigid, firm and pursed indicating your extremely unyielding personality. In love you might not be particularly sensual but you do like communication which allows you to express your intellectual likes and ideas. If you can slowly develop sensitivity to the ideas of others and their input into your life, your empathy will reduce the loneliness and isolation that some of you experience in your mid years.
Be cautious of people with twisted lips or lips that don’t meet and are assymetrical. They hold a grudge and may be cruel in meting out their judgement upon you. If your lips fall into this category your unresolved and turbulent inner feelings need address. This may take some time but is certainly a path you must pursue to find any measure of happiness in your life.
Look carefully at the centre line where the upper and lower lips meet. If you observe a wavy line where your lips meet, then you’re a reliable individual although those with a similar feature may be regarded as dependable. With full and well balanced lips it further augments your good health through strong digestive organs. Furthermore, it’s an omen of good all round enjoyment.
Ex Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke, has very pronounced lips. They exhibit a downward curve at the outer edge of the lips. If you’re the owner of downward turned lips, you may be classed as one of the more demanding people amongst us. It was indeed true that Bob Hawke exhibited a demanding, inflexible nature in his position of authority. Strangely the downward turned lips are also a marking of pessimism.
Pouting lips are not all that common but are perfectly presented on world famous tennis player John McEnroe’s face. Who doesn’t recall the sulky tantrum throwing genius of the man and it’s indeed true that the pouting lips reveal your somewhat emotional, immature and unpredictable character. You have a tendency to restlessness and rebel over what may appear to others as the most trivial of matters.
When your lips exhibit an upward curved line, you have a persuasive and scheming nature but this is in no way used to hurt people so much as to express your creative sense. You also have fine taste in respect of colour, fashion and art and other aesthetic pursuits. You have a positive attitude to life and the thicker your lips, the more steady and honest you’re.
Lack of firmness in your lips is a reflection of faint heartedness within your nature. At times even when good opportunities present themselves you may lack the requisite intestinal fortitude to capitalise on the offer at hand. If your soft and mushie mouth also remains slightly open, you may find sexual overindulgence a means of escaping an otherwise boring routine of life. Find some adequate outlet for your strong and creative life force.
If you trace the lip line to the corners of your mouth, you may just notice some little indents – one on each side, not unlike small dimples. Colonel Ghadafi of Libya is a perfect example of this and it refers to a hidden suppressed anger within you. Anger is nothing more than a frustrated spirit, an eagle aching to soar but unable to fulfil its vision. By overcoming your impatience and inner turmoil, you can reach the top of your chosen profession and are destined to do very, very well.
If the lips are joined by a straight line, you’re a practical no nonsense individual who prefers to use the tried and tested methods that have served you well in the past. Though you may not rely too much on intuition or fancy new techniques, your commonsense is highly regarded by others
A deeply curved lower lip on your face means you have high aspirations to achieve a lot in this world. This is also indicated if there is a gradual slope from the centre of your lower lip into the upper chin area. Both of these markings are highly auspicious in your future reading.
Pointed corners of the mouth, if this is your marking, point to your extremely cordial conversation style, your endearing sociable nature and love of people, but you’re prone to tell the odd white lie. It could be that you don’t stop to think what is motivating you in your interaction with others. At times you may lack a specific direction in life which stems from a slight weakness of will. These facets of your personality are all the more certain if these pointed corners are coupled with a larger mouth.
The sea corners, called ling, if found on a large mouth and poorly formed, reveal your rather caustic nature and sharp tongue. People dealing with you may be surprised to find you really can sting when you want to. Learn the art of expressing your displeasure in a diplomatic fashion.
A measure of dishonesty is often seen in people who possess a crooked mouth, but the thinner crooked mouth is particularly notable in its vengeful and hurtful capacity. Where your lips are simply uneven, it may not reflect a dishonesty as such, but simply extremely sharp wit, sarcasm and a very quick reactive temperament. At times the crookedness is apparent more on one side in which the mouth appears to droop significantly to one side. In this instance it does indicate instability and an offence to others through the use of your language and words.
Uneven lips, if found on your face, indicate your sharp wit, your quick repartee and manner in conversation and thought. You’re quite capable of using sarcasm, both as a form of retort and humour.
With the leaning of the lips to one side, you may be a nervous individual who’s highly strung, not at all happy and sarcastic or cynical.
A gradual slope from the centre of your lower lip into the upper chin, indicates your high aspirations and achievement potential. You’re a high flyer in the true sense of the word. Another feature of the lips which would indicate the same is a deeply curved lower lip.
As you can see, these related sexual aspects found in the lips, seem to correlate more closely to the female anatomy. In respect of the male, face readers suggest a study of the nose. See chapter on the nose.
If you’re a sarcastic individual and enjoy mockery and comical denigration of others, then you may well possess a sneering shaped mouth. This shaped mouth of yours is a perfect reflector of your fault finding nature. In the Mediterranean cultures, there is an old saying “It’s easier to see the log of wood in the other man’s eye than the splinter in your own”.
A long narrow tongue is an added testimony of a fault finding nature and if both the sneering lips are accompanied by a long and narrow tongue, rest assured your nature will be extremely sarcastic.
The mark of creativity, fine culture and refined interests, especially in theatrical film or artistic avenues, are seen clearly in lips with an upward curve. Your social nature in this case is highly developed and will see you earn both reputation and financial benefits from an amalgamation of your public relations skills and aesthetic pursuits. Your lips are lucky.
You will often see great gurus, spiritual masters and pontiffs, possessing square shaped lips. Even the Budda can be seen with a square lip. Naturally this indicates the philosophical and spiritual tendencies as well as the downright honest nature which will serve you well in your business life. Your personal life will also benefit if your lips are square in shape.
Ideal and balanced lips will reveal the following traits of nature when well coloured and pleasing to look at…….
- Even temperedness
- Health and robustness
- Good parenting
- Take command in tough situations
- Balance work rest and play and domestic
Your lips reveal a great deal about your sexual appetites. Your needs and desires in the affection department are depicted by what is usually considered to be an organ of eating and speech for the most part.
In sexual encounters the lips are used directly as a means of engaging another in sexual exchange through kissing and caressing, and in this sense to hint at their usefulness in gauging human character. But what face readers indicate, is that even without a physical connection – your can read many things from the size, shape, colour and setting of the lips.
The kindness or severity of an individual can be seen from the lips. How happy or depressed, selfish or generous you’re can be established by carefully studying the lips.
Because the mouth is used for eating, it’s also a gauge of your physical appetite generally, and the extent of your sensual appetites. It can help you determine those that are excessive or frugal in their culinary tastes. Your lips and mouth therefore reflect much of yours and others’ personality.
The ideal lips are those that are full, round and even with a noticeably pink colour. Both upper and lower lips should be evenly sized and proportioned with respect to each other. When they are of this calibre it means you’re a sensitive, sensual and caring person.
The mouth must be in harmony with the rest of the face, particularly the nose and the forehead, for if it detracts or appears out of place, it reduces the quality of the reading. For a woman in particular, the lips should be soft and delicate. They should also be free of any defects, moles, scars or lines. Dry, cracked or chapped lips are unfavourable omens.
Generally speaking, the large the mouth the more favourable an omen, though an excessively sized mouth with respect to the rest of the face is also undesirable. A well sized mouth though, which is in good harmony and pleasant to look at, is a good indicator that you have fine inner vitality and physical strength.
The mouth and lips are key indicators of thinking processes. Your conversations, speech and communication are all exercised through the mode of the lips. You should pay careful attention to the way people use their lips. In different circumstances you’ll observe the changing patterns of peoples thoughts and emotions through the mechanism of their lips. An upset child’s upper lip will tremble with sorrow. An angry man’s lips will twitch with anger – or a deceitful co-worker may inadvertently exhibit her lies through an ever so meagre quiver of the lips. This aspect of the lips is known as mobility and reveals so much to you about the workings of the mind and nature of human beings.
Other subtle nuances of the lips include contour, moisture, texture and firmness. Look closely at each and every detail for the remarkable revelations of character.
Colour and moisture are an accurate indicator of your health – both emotional and physical. Lack of emotional energy is depicted if you have pale or dry lips. You may be exhausted through personal or romantic problems and relationships that have frustrated you.
If the lips have fine vertical cracks, as well as a pale colour with dryness, this indicates a poor digestive fire and alimentary sluggishness. You need to address dietary and emotional issues to harmonise you body and mind.
The lips, according to the Chinese, refers to your life at and after the age of 60. With lips exhibiting all of the positive traits enumerated, you can look forward to a happy and prosperous life at that time. Otherwise you need to take precautionary steps to remedy an otherwise unsatisfactory retired life.
Another positive feature is if your lips turn up slightly at the corners. These are called “….”or sea corners by oriental readers, and are a mark of good luck.
It’s better to have a large mouth on a small face than vice versa, especially if it’s well formed and well proportioned in itself. But it’s better that the teeth are not exposed, irrespective of how well formed the lips are, as this portends financial struggle and maybe even poverty. This is even more the case if you possess other facial exposures e.g. nostrils, eyes, ears etc., (see those chapters for detailed analysis).
Western face readers in the tradition of Merton’s School of Thought also agree that the lips refer primarily to the functions of desire, love and procreation (Though the Chinese relate children more to the under-eye area).
In the diagram using Merton’s Model, you’ll see how the upper lip refers to the sexual functions, whereas the lower lip connotes familial/emotional functions and activities. The development of the lips gives dues to either normal, deficient or excessive drive in those respective areas. For example – if Segment ‘A’ and ‘C’ are pronounced in their development, you have a strong need for physical and emotional responsiveness in a relationship and are fond of touch and sexual arousal –
- A – Devotion – desire, passion, physical and emotional response
- B – Heredity – procreative, spiritual, affinity
- C – Caressing – luxury, fondling, petting
- D – Parenting – parental love, authority (direction, control, power)
- E – Reverence – service, veneration, modesty
- F – Patriotism – love of homeland, public or community spirit, rurality, pastoralism and rustic living
Reciprocation in love is important. Often you find yourself involved with someone only to find that person isn’t a “giver”. An easy way to quickly check how emotionally generous a person is, is to study the upper and lower lips. If the upper and lower lips are of equal size, you’re generally a person who lives the maxim “give and take” – as far as romance and relationships are concerned.
If your upper lip is thinner in comparison to the lower lip you may find it hard or maybe uncomfortable to express your feelings openly. You prefer to receive love rather than give it. On the other hand, if your upper lip is larger or wider than the lower lip, the opposite is true. You have a tendency to give and give and give. Be watchful of the fact that you may at times appear ingratiating or even smothering to those whom you wish to be close to. Kirk Douglas, ( above ) Michael Douglas’ father, exhibits a thin upper lip.
The thinner upper lip may also point to you being extremely competitive in all you do. An argumentative streak is also not ruled out. You possess a certain astuteness in the way you live your life and conduct your business affairs and have a tendency to somehow slid out of any difficult circumstances you encounter. This is because you have learned the art of improvising and using whatever means are there at your disposal to plough through those challenges.
In some traditions of face reading the thicker upper lip points to a pattern of infidelity of unfaithfulness in relationships.
If your upper lip is thick and long at the same time, you possess abundant sexual desire but may find climaxing takes a long time. You will certainly need a partner who can be patient and sensitive to your sensual needs. Actually at times you seem self pre-occupied and need to master the art of sharing in the act of love. You’re probably more concerned with your own personal enjoyment than that of your partner. Sharing is a wonderful experience which will hopefully become more and more evident to you as time goes on. If your upper lip is thick, but shorter rather than longer, the opposite of the above will be true. You may be overly interested in your partner’s pleasure and may become “self sacrificial” in matters of love.
If however your upper lip is of a coarser and broader shape, yet still long, with a small or pointed lower lip it reveals your gullibility and a need to be extremely careful lest your naivety causes emotional and possibly financial loss.
An overlapping upper lip means you may be somewhat selfish in matters of the heart. Though highly sexed, you tend to