The nose is the most prominent feature of the face, and in Chinese physiognomy, it is intensely observed and noted.
Big, wide, flat nose with a flat nose bridge and big round and “black” nostrils are signs of poverty, low social class, of an uneducated person, generally the “physiognomy of the peasant class”, i.e., the pig faced peasant.
Chinese beauty is marked in traditional Chinese physiognomy by having a small, white, tall ridged and narrow nose with small rounded nostrils. It indicates a good life, riches, extreme beauty of an educated and sophisticated lady from a socially high and wealthy household.
In ancient China, at least, beauty is the property of the rich, the wealthy and those of high social status. The queen is always more beautiful than the peasant girl.
There is a Chinese saying: “hong yan bo ming.” It means: “Those with extreme beauty have a thin life.”