|An image of writer Ann-Marie Colacino's lip prints, using Bourjois Paris' Sweet Kiss #51 Rose Seduisant shade. (QMI Agency)
As a rule, it may be bad etiquette to kiss and tell, but if you ask Jilly Eddy, there are just some lip prints you won't want to keep to yourself.
A self-proclaimed Lipsologist, Eddy gives new meaning to the old adage "read my lips." She is the founder of a unique analytical system that accesses lip size, shape, lines, colour and intensity.
Similar to palm or facial reading, lip print reading provides insight into one's personality, energies and emotions.
Eddy -- who began her Lipsology business as a hobby back in 1981 -- today visits clients all over the world for social, marketing and corporate events.
"Where there are lips, you will find me," says the affable Seattle-based entertainer with a laugh.
With more than 50,000 prints collected and still counting, it all started with a coffee table book Eddy bought that documented the lip markings of celebrities.
Houseguests were fascinated by it, including her brother who left his print next to that of The Rolling Stone's frontman with a note: "My lips are as good as Mick's."
Others followed suit and it became a tradition of sorts that family and friends would leave behind their print when visiting.
"I just became a collector of lip prints never having any idea that I was collecting the data that would become the basis of my arts and science of Lipsology."
Though she doesn't consider herself psychic per se, Eddy, 65, believes everyone has intuition. And though some of her work is based on these feelings, to interpret prints she consults 25 categories and more than 100 subcategories. "So there's all these wonderful combinations and I've developed what every single one of them means and I'm 80 to 100% right," she explains.
With the spotlight on all things romantic this month, it seemed the perfect opportunity to get the lowdown on what my smacker says about me.
As part of her partnership with French cosmetics brand Bourjois Paris and its Sweet Kiss lipstick collection, she has offered to interpret my pout print (created with the help of Bourjois' Sweet Kiss in #51 Rose Seduisant). I scanned and e-mailed her two lip prints and numbered them accordingly.
Though I don't appear to have a thin upper lip in person, my prints showed that I do, which is something Eddy says happens a lot: "The thing is that people's lip prints do not look like what they think they're going to."
"(It) says that you are picky, picky, picky; that you are detail-oriented. If I need someone who is well organized "¦ you're going to be my person."
I am also told that my full lower lip is a sign that children and pets adore me, as well as being indicative of a good writer, public speaker and/or entertainer.
The spacing between my lips (different in each print) is analyzed as a "Missouri" mark, which essentially means I'm stubborn.
"Do you know what the Missouri state is known for? It's the 'show me' state. Other people are going to have to show you that their way is better because otherwise you are going to do it your way and your way is usually right."
Now that's a verdict I can't argue with!
Red alert: How to choose the right shade of rouge
That perfect crimson pout conjures up retro Hollywood glamour gals like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. But a look at the red carpet today signifies that this trend never truly faded.
The trick is finding a shade that best matches your skin's natural undertones, explains Sandy Gold, a Toronto beauty expert and founder of Happiface.com.
If you have a warm undertone (yellow, golden, tans easily), Gold suggests looking for a warm red with a yellow-brown base like: tomato and fire-engine red, deep red or burgundy and brown and yellow based reds.
If you have a cool undertone (rosy with blue, pink or red, burns easily), look for a lipstick that has a cool, blue, pink or rosy tone like: cherry, berry, pink or blue-based reds, brick reds and plums.
Darker skin types can fall under either category, however, brown and Latino skin are generally warm, whereas deep chocolate-like complexions look great in plum and purple reds.
Lastly, Gold emphasizes that red is about attitude. "When a woman wears red lipstick she immediately gets a little more pep in her step and radiates confidence, sex appeal and mystery. It's the perfect shade for Valentine's Day!"