The Cheeks

Body Language Signals of the Cheeks

Cheeks can speak body language, although admittedly not very much.

The few ways the cheeks may convey non-vocal messages include:

  1. Drawn in or blow out
    Cheeks can be drawn in our blown out. Cheeks that are pulled in, particularly with pursed lips, indicate disapproval. Cheeks sucked in to the extent that the lower lips curl can indicate pensiveness which may be uncomfortable; usually it would be accompanied with a furrowed brow.

    Cheeks, when blown out, signify uncertainty, especially when reinforced with raised eyebrows and rounded eyes. It may be accompanied by the person actually blowing air from the mouth. Blown out cheeks can also be a sign of nervousness and may indicate lying. Pushing the tongue into the cheek can show pensiveness as the person thinks about something and tries to come to a decision.
  2. Colour
    Red cheeks, in other circumstances, are a classic sign of embarrassment or anger. Accompanying signs for anger are enlarged and staring eyes. Cheeks appear pale when blood drains from them. This typically happens when a person is frightened as the blood is moved to the muscles in readiness to flee. Pale cheeks can also be a sign of coldness. During exercising, the face becomes red and sweaty.
  3. Touch
    People touch their cheeks in surprise or horror. A light touch, along with an open mouth that says ‘Oooh’, indicates light surprise. Touching both cheeks with the flat of the palm is an exaggeration of this and may indicate horror. The ‘Cheek Scratch with an Open Mouth’ is a very common expressing of disagreement-related anxiety. It is especially common among men.