Perhaps you have noticed this on Instagram. A beautiful young woman posts a selfie with a specific pose: her fingers dangled in front of her mouth languidly. The fingers in front of the mouth would seem careless, like she wasn’t caught off guard for the photo before she had a chance to move her hand, but the oft-repeated nature of this trope indicates it’s actually extremely calculated. Let’s call this 'fingermouthing.'
The fingermouth draws attention to the mouth, sometimes to announce "check out this new lipstick I'm shilling for" but typically: "hey, I'm young and cute so why not?"
It's more understated than the tried-and-tested 'duck face' and far more graceful than the backside-baring 'belfie'.
Kylie Jenner was a prominent early adopter of fingermouthing.
“I was so insecure about my lips. Even now I always post photos where my finger is always in front of my mouth…it’s a habit. I would always cover my lips,” she told Elle.
“I couldn’t even talk to people. Or guys. Like, ‘I know you’re looking at my lips, but you so don’t want to kiss me right now.’”
I believe this. It reminded me of a friend who adopted the habit of covering her mouth when she laughed to hide her braces in middle school, but the habit stuck and she still does it, even with her now-perfect teeth. Jenner, of course, famously got lip injections to address this insecurity.