Don't raise your brows at face-reading

PLUCK FOR LUCK: A customer holds up a photograph showing the shape of her eyebrows before she started having them plucked by Ms Li, a face reader, to bring her better luck, in Hong Kong.


    Sep 28, 2016

    Don't raise your brows at face-reading


    WANT to improve your performance at work, or solve relationship problems?

    Li Chau Jing has the solution - plucking your eyebrows to help achieve those life goals.

    A trained face reader, Ms Li has taken the ancient Chinese tradition one step further, making changes to her client's brows to bring them better luck.

    Stalls practising the face-reading discipline, which dates back more than 2,000 years, are still found in market streets and near temples in modern-day Hong Kong.

    Practitioners believe they can determine a client's fate by interpreting their features - a strong brow translates to the person's ability to plan ahead, while high cheekbones can point to power.

    The face can be read like a book, they say, for it showcases a person's wealth, health and family.

    Ms Li claims she can help alter the path of destiny with a few flicks of her tweezers.

    "I can help a person in the shortest amount of time, by bringing them energy and happiness and the goal they want to reach," she said.

    She has been running her shop in Sham Shui Po for six years and its walls are covered with photos of her clients' eyes and brows.

    Women tend to come to her to solve emotional or relationship problems, men for better luck at work, she said.

    Customer Edward Lam, a 35-year-old technician, said he felt more energetic after having his brows modified.

    "The biggest goal I have for fixing my eyebrows is to find jobs and to have better networking, and that my career will improve," said Mr Lam.

    Traditional Hong Kong face reader Chow Hon Ming says the art is a scientific discipline that ties in with some tenets of traditional Chinese medicine.

    Face reading has been practised in China for thousands of years but became a popular practice in the 10th century, Mr Chow said.

    "There are turning points in a person's life, and when you can't make a decision at those points, you might want to seek a (face reading) master," he added.

    A face reader starts with the left ear, which tells the story of the first seven years of a person's life.

    The right ear reflects the next seven years, followed by the nose, eyes and chin, which are used to predict later life.

    A jutting chin and a squarish jaw mean a person will have power as they get older, while large exposed nostrils mean they are bad at saving money.

    "The nose represents wealth, just look at (actor) Jackie Chan's nose, it is very big," said Mr Chow.

    Dozens of packed stalls next to Hong Kong's popular Wong Tai Sin Temple also offer face reading to thousands of worshippers and tourists.

    Chinese tourist Fu Xiaohong, 26, says she wanted to have her face read in order to deal with a personal matter.

    Ms Fu said she felt more confident after her session, but that she also took the advice with a grain of salt.

    "I don't fully believe in it - I just came to try it out."