Lip-print reader to judge contest

PARKERSBURG – Local businessman Lee Rector believes he has the perfect person to judge his store’s 31st annual Kissable Lips Contest on Saturday.

A lipsologist.

Anna Snodgrass of Bowie, Md., who does lip-print readings under the name Ariana, will provide lip messages from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at Lee’s Studio, 3113 Murdoch Ave., Parkersburg.

Snodgrass said she is one of only six certified lipsologists in the world and the first on the East Coast. She has been reading lip prints for three years after being certified by Jill Eddy of Washington state, who founded the practice 30 years ago.

Using the art and science of lipsology, Snodgrass said she can reveal a person’s personality traits, energy levels, emotions, general health information and “what’s going on with you in the moment.”

“You can do a lip print now and do one again later in the day and they could be very different,” she said.

Snodgrass looks at the size, shape, color intensity or lack of color, fullness, positioning and special markings of the lips before revealing her findings. There are 25 categories of lip prints and more than 100 sub-categories to consider in a reading, she said.

The lip prints are made by putting on lipstick (men participate, too) and then “kissing” or pressing lips to paper or “kiss cards.”

Snodgrass appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” in October and has entertained with lipsology at corporate events, bridal showers, parties, birthdays and other occasions. On Valentine’s Day, she will appear at a private party and at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Before she got started in lipsology, Snodgrass had been professionally involved in palmistry and tarot reading for more than 33 years at parties, corporate events and her booth, Ancient Mysteries Divination, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

She was looking for something new when she read an article about Eddy, creator of lipsology. Eddy taught her the art.

“Lipsology is more fun” than the other types of readings she has been involved with, Snodgrass said.

She does not predict the future using lipsology, Snodgrass said.

Rector and Snodgrass met for the first time about a month ago in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when both were on business trips.

“I am thrilled to be coming to Parkersburg,” said Snodgrass, who will be making her first appearance in West Virginia.