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Picture used for illustrative purposes alone
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Hong Kong - Li, who refused to give her age but said she has worked for 43 years, believes straight brows will bring more luck and happiness than curved.

By AFP

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Published: Tue 27 Sep 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 28 Sep 2016, 12:42 AM

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, Li has taken the ancient Chinese tradition one step further, making slight 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, high cheekbones can point to power. The face can be read like a book, they say, a showcase of a person's wealth, health and family.
But Li claims she can help alter the path of destiny with a few flicks of her tweezers.
"It's an instant change and you can change it for everyone," she told AFP, describing her clientele as ranging from just a few years old to in their 70s. "I can help a person in the shortest amount of time, by bringing them energy and happiness and the goal they want to reach," Li said.
Wearing a long white dress with a ruffled high collar and purple polka-dots, the former make-up artist says she has studied the art of face reading with a mentor. She has been running her shop in the working class neighbourhood of 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 says.
Li, who refused to give her age but said she has worked for 43 years, believes straight brows will bring more luck and happiness than curved.
"If the brows are very straight, then those people will not have to suffer through many hardships," she says.
Customer Edward Lam, a 35-year-year old technician for a television station, said he felt more energetic after having his brows modified. - AFP


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