Descriptions are a bitch when you’re on your third cup of coffee, second red bull and junk food, trying to squeeze that last bit of creativity from your dark dead soul. The easiest of details can be destructive but you’re not alone. We are in this club together. So check out this Master Lists for the best details!

thinking-272677_960_720FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

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Our personal favorites from the list:

EYES/BROWS:

  • his eyes widened, his eyes narrowed, his eyes darted, her eyes flickered with…, her forehead creased, his forehead furrowed, he studied, his pupils (were) dilated,

NOSE:

  • her nose crinkled, his nose wrinkled, she sneered

MOUTH:

  • she grinned, she beamed, her mouth curved into a smile, his mouth twitched, he pursed his lips, she pouted, his mouth snapped shut, his jaw tightened, a muscle in her jaw twitched, he gritted his teeth, her lower lip trembled, his lower lip quivered

SKIN:

  • she paled, the color drained out of his face, her cheeks turned pink, his face flushed, a flush crept up her face

WHOLE FACE:

  • she scrunched up her face, he grimaced, her face contorted, his expression dulled, her expression hardened, a vein popped out in his neck, fear crossed her face, sadness clouded his features, recognition dawned on her face.

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http://www.bryndonovan.com/2015/06/16/master-list-of-physical-descriptions/

EYES – PHYSICAL:

  • narrow, sharp, round, sunken, protruding, hooded, flecked, dull, bleary, cloudy, red-rimmed, beady, with sweeping eyelashes

EYES/COLOR:

  • cocoa brown, mahogany, sepia, sienna brown, mink brown, copper, amber, cognac, whiskey, brandy, topaz, obsidian, midnight, cornflower blue, cerulean, storm blue / storm gray, chrome, pewter, dove gray, olive.

EYEBROWS:

  • Arched, sparse, faint, thin, bushy.

SKIN COLOR:

  • amber, copper, deep brown, ebony, honey, pale, pallid, bisque, milk, sallow, olive, russet, tawny

SKIN TEXTURE:

  • wrinkled, leathery, drooping, smooth, silken, scaly, luminescent, poreless, dewy, mottled, firm, doughy, pockmarked, weather-beaten.

FACE STRUCTURE:

  • Round, oval, elongated, heart-shaped, wolfish, prominent brow bone, sharp cheekbones, hollow cheeks, sculpted, craggy, jutting chin,  cleft chin.

NOSE:

  • snub, long, broad, pointed, aquiline, Roman, flared, hawk

woman-1281830_960_720MOUTH/LIPS:

  • thin, narrow, lush, cupid’s bow, rosebud, cracked, moist, glossy. gleaming white teeth

FACIAL HAIR/HAIR:

  • a few days’ growth of beard, loose, shiny, lustrous, tousled, neatly combed, bushy, lanky, widow’s peak, luxuriant, voluminous, untamed, wispy

HAIR/COLOR:

  • blue-black, raven, inky black, sable, midnight, silver gray, steel gray, ash brown, brown sugar, caramel, toffee brown, auburn, Titian-haired, butterscotch, flaxen, bleached

BODY TYPE:

  • tall, petite, burly, beefy, brawny, barrel-chested, pudgy, stout, plush, ample, gangling, lanky, coltish, lithe, trim, willowy, gaunt, wiry, ropy, taut, sloping shoulders.

Happy writing!

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