FACS – cheat sheet

GIF-based FACS guide with isolated action units (AUs), proper FACS nomenclature, & corresponding muscle labels.

*See AU 11 & AU 23 for rare reference shots of nasolabial furrow deepener & lip tightener.

cheek raiser - AU6
AU 5 - GIF
AU7 - lid tightener GIF - FACS - Facial Action Coding System

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eyebrows & forehead
– inner brow raiser (AU1) / frontalis, pars medialis
– outer brow raiser (AU2) / frontalis, pars lateralis
– brow lowerer (AU4) / varied

eyes & cheeks
– upper lid raiser (AU5) / levator palpebrae superioris
– cheek raiser (AU6) / orbicularis oculi, pars orbitalis
– lid tightener (AU7) / orbicularis oculi, pars palpebralis

nose & middle face
– nose wrinkler (AU9) / levator labii superioris, alaeque nasi
– upper lip raiser (AU10) / levator labii superioris
– nasolabial furrow deepener (AU11) / zygomaticus minor

lip corner elevators & pinchers
– lip corner puller (AU12) / zygomaticus major
– sharp lip puller (AU13) / levator anguli oris
– dimpler (AU14) / buccinator

real & faux lip depressors
– lip corner depressor (AU15) / depressor anguli oris
– lower lip depressor (AU16) / depressor labii inferioris

– chin raiser (AU17) / mentalis

orbicularis oris
– howler mouth (fAUx8) / orbicularis oris
– lip funneler (AU22) / orbicularis oris
– lip tightener (AU23) / orbicularis oris
– lip presser (AU24) / orbicularis oris
– lips suck (AU28) / orbicularis oris

eyebrows & forehead

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eyes & cheeks

nose & middle face

If you are not familiar with the infraorbital triangle and the nasolabial furrow: You should be. Below are some lower face actions I feel are very influential to the infraorbital triangle. Melinda Ozel - nasolabial furrow deepener - infraorbital triangle

lip corner elevators & pinchers

real & faux lip depressors

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orbicularis oris

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More upper face references HERE. Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 1.09.59 PM

Eyebrow combination references HERE.

 

AU Description Facial
Muscle(s)
Example
GIFs
 

For AUs 1-17, see tabs above

This FACS cheat sheet is under construction.

For old FACS Cheat Sheet, click here

18 lip pucker incisivii labii superioris and
incisivii labii inferioris
AU18 - lip pucker
20 lip stretcher risorius w/ platysma AU20 - lip stretcher
  see orbicularis oris section for funneler tightener & presser
25 lips part depressor labii inferioris
or relaxation of mentalis, or orbicularis oris
AU25 - lips parted
26 jaw drop masseter, relaxed temporalis
and internal pterygoid relaxed
AU26 - jaw drop
27 mouth stretch pterygoids, digastric AU27 - mouth stretch
28 lip suck orbicularis oris AU28 - lips suck
       
45 blink relaxation of levator -palpebrae superioris; orbicularis oculi, pars palpebralis blink
46 wink relaxation of levator
palpebrae superioris; orbicularis oculi, pars palpebralis
wink