Bedtime: Tips to Master the Perfect Smooch
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Whether you’re new to this whole kissing thing or you’ve been a master for years now, there is always something to learn about the art of kissing. Maybe you think you’ve seen it all, but there are so many different types of kisses and kissing positions to try out. Plus, there’s a lot that goes into a kiss besides locking lips. So, to make sure that you’re kissing to your fullest potential, we’ve gathered the best tips and tricks on how to be a good kisser. You’re welcome.
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Don’t kiss anyone you don’t really want to kiss
Before we get into things, there’s one point we have to go over. The best way to guarantee you’re going to kiss like a pro? Kiss someone you actually want to kiss. If you’re locking lips with someone just because you feel like you “should” or because you feel pressure, then step away from the face. You don’t owe anyone—I repeat, anyone—a kiss.
Respect consent, always
A well-timed “Can I kiss you?” is a swoon-worthy move every single time. Why? Because it shows that you care about your partner’s boundaries and don’t want to do anything they’re not ready for. You have to make sure that you and bae are on the same page before you get down to a passionate make-out.
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Understand the importance of setting
Like your English teacher says, setting = time + place. Is the right spot for a first kiss at your grandma’s house or in the middle of an argument? Probably not. Wait until the moment feels perfect, until you can feel the electricity crackling between you to make your move. It’ll be waaaay better that way.
Keep your breath fresh
Another important tip for how to kiss a guy or girl is as simple as these two words: fresh breath. You don’t want to be up close and personal to someone’s face space only to find that their mouth smells, you know, not great.
If you’re anticipating a trip to Makeout Town, avoid any and stank-inducing foods like garlic, onions, processed cheese (like Cheetos), etc. It’s basic manners.
Ask your partner what they want
Listen, nobody has time for bleh make-outs. Good kissers skip to the best parts by taking control and mentioning the things they do like (“So, that tongue move you just did—I like that”) as well as providing alternatives for the things they don’t.
Play show and tell by performing the move on your partner and then asking them to do it back to you. Trust me, teaching can be really fun.
Pay attention to what your partner does
Your current kissing partner might be trying to show you what they want, so pay attention to their moves. Slow down, take note of the things bae does, and then gently do it back. If they respond with enthusiasm, you’ll know you got their message. Remember that the show isn’t all about you: you’re both in control.