PARKERSBURG - Reading the hidden messages from the lips about personality is the art of lipsology that was demonstrated by Arianna Snodgrass on Saturday at Lee's Studio in Parkersburg.
Lee Rector, owner of Lee' Studio, said the lipsology reading was part of the store's 31st Kissable Kiss Contest lipstick exchange.
"Every year we always have a high profile judge for the kissable lip contest," he said. "Last year I was in a Fort Lauderdale book store and saw a book about lipsology by Jilly Eddy and I wanted to get in contact with her."
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Getting a lips reading from Ariana Snodgrass, right, were, from left, Allison Shaffer of Parkersburg, Brittany Gibson, an employee at Lee's Studio, and Andrea Kittle of Little Hocking.
Lee Rector, left, owner of Lee's Studio, watches as Ariana Snodgrass, right, conducts a lip reading during the Most Kissable Lips Contest on Saturday at his Parkersburg salon.
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Rector said there are only six lipsologists in the world and Snodgrass is the only one of the East Coast. He was put in contact with Snodgrass by Eddy.
"We has 35 signed up for a five-minute lip read," he said of Saturday's event at the salon. "It's really a personality trait reading. You kiss a card, she looks at the prints and she can tell a lot about how the lips are on the card and the shape."
Rector said at first he was skeptical.
At a glance
- Lipsology made its debut in the Mid-Ohio Valley on Saturday.
- Lipsologist Arianna Snodgrass from Washington, D.C., did the readings at Lee's Studio in Parkersburg.
- Snodgrass said her readings revealed people who are helpful, were open to new experiences and some who were stubborn in a good way.
"I wanted to know how this works and there really is an art and science to this," he said. "Eddy started collecting thousands of lips prints for 30 years and in collecting them she would analyze the traits and the personality of the person."
Snodgrass recently appeared on the "Dr. Oz Show."
Rector said most of those who went for Saturday's reading told him the readings were accurate.
"We've had a positive feedback," he said. "I've never heard of a lipsologist before. Palm reading has been around for thousands of years and tarot card reading has been around for thousands of years.
"This is something that has been around for about 30 years. It is intended to be fun and learning about personality traits," he said.
Snodgrass said the lip reading was a fun event for her. She observed some common traits in her readings on Saturday.
"A lot of them were helpful people, a lot of them were open to new experiences and some who were stubborn," she said. "Not stubborn in the sense of not trying but stubborn in the sense of once you've decided, you're going for it."
Snodgrass said many of the readings were medium and smaller size prints which she said indicates a detail orientated person. While most of her readings have been women she said her collection has 30 readings from men.
Snodgrass said she has been doing reading of some kind for most of her life.
"When I was 10, I was doing tarot card readings," she said. "I decided I wanted to do something new and after I saw an article about Jilly (Eddy) I contacted her and asked her if she wanted to teach me."
Snodgrass was certified for the readings three years ago, making her the sixth reader in the country. Snodgrass said since Eddy was in Washington state, she and Eddy spoke on the phone for two hours each week and they also discussed readings over the Internet.
"I was getting prints from all my friends and family while I was in training," she said. "I was surprised they were willing to do it."
Snodgrass said she does not encounter many skeptics regarding the readings.
"Most are impressed that it is so accurate," she said. "This has the highest level of comments of how accurate it is."
Snodgrass said it was a revelation for her when she found many men willing to don lipstick for a short time.
"They are willing to have some fun and put on some lipstick for a minute," she said. "They take it off later and it's fun.
"Once men put on the lipstick, the party's really starting."
Snodgrass appeared on the "Dr. Oz Show" in October and had a seven-minute segment with him. She said he did not appear to be skeptical.
"He was just open, he was open to find out if it was interesting or not," she said. "After the segment he said to me 'I'm surprised they do not teach this in medical school, it would be very helpful.'"
Snodgrass said that statement surprised her.
"I was blown away," she said. "This is a cardiac surgeon saying this. It was like 'holy moly,' it was amazing. I was able to make my case and he was impressed with what I had to say."