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How to kiss (step by step)

Updated on July 17, 2011

Steps on how to Kiss..

introHow to Kiss

This is an instructable on how to kiss. Kissing can be a hard thing to do until you get comfortable doing it, and while nothing can fully prepare you for a kiss, this how-to will explain some of the basics of kissing a partner and explore some simple kissing do's and don't's.

Note: I am by no means a kissing expert. The information in this instructable is based upon experience and some simple research on the subject.

step 1Pre Kiss

The lead up to the kiss can actually be the most difficult part of kissing. Figuring out whether your partner is ready to kiss you or not can be a challenge of its own.

If you see one or a combination of these indicators, there is a good chance that your partner is thinking about kissing you.

  • eyes become soft and heavy
  • eye contact is made and sustained
  • head turns slightly
  • lips are licked or bitten
  • your partner makes physical contact with you beyond what seems appropriate for normal conversation (e.g. he or she brushes your hand, touches you on the shoulder or leg, or fidgets with an accessory)
  • easy conversation comes to a stop, but eye contact is not broken
  • your partner smiles in conjunction with any of the above behaviors

To give your partner the cue that you wish to kiss him or her, you can try one or a combination of these things.

  • soften your gaze by relaxing the muscles around your eyes, somewhat like smiling but without engaging your mouth
  • smile often, though
  • make eye contact and allow it to linger for a few moments longer than you normally would
  • find ways to subtly (but respectfully) touch your partner

If you think you are picking up some of these signs, but are still unsure if the person wants to be kissed then there is nothing wrong with just simply asking your partner if a kiss would be all right. Granted it breaks the mood a bit, and sensing the magic is always nicer than asking if it's there, but better to be sure your partner is on board for the kiss otherwise you might be heading for an embarrassing situation.

If you've assessed the situation, and it seems probable that a kiss is imminent, the next things to think about are timing and approach. The key to nailing the pre kiss is matching your partner's speed and intensity. The kiss is the first opportunity to physically connect with your partner, and so you want to meet him or her halfway.

Here are some steps you could follow as you go in for the kiss. Keep in mind that the kiss you share with someone is as unique as your relationship with that person, so follow your instincts and use the following as a rough guideline.

1. Establish a physical connection by placing your hands on your partner's body. Placement depends on the dynamic between you, you can softly touch the face, the back of the neck or the shoulders. Be gentle with your touch if this is the first contact you are making. Stay away from "high risk" zones on your partners body, as you just want to indicate that you are interested in kissing them, not give them a full body search.

2. Establish and maintain eye contact from this point on. The eyes are often a clear indicator if someone wants to be kissed, or is thinking about kissing you. Try to look at your partner with a deep, yet soft gaze. Use your eyes to send them a message that shows how you feel for your partner, e.g., "I care for you, I am on fire when I look at you, I want to kiss you."

3. As you lean in, you may want to tilt your body and head to accommodate your partner's positioning. One partner will have to make room for the other, or both partners can just slightly tilt heads in opposite directions. Basically you are just trying to avoid a nose collision as you get closer, so just pick a side to turn to and don't give it too much thought.

4. Gauge how quickly your partner is leaning in and try to meet at the halfway point between you, so neither person is overextended. Over/under extension can make one person feel like they are not getting met and are either too aggressive, or not engaged enough.

If you have come this far with your partner chances are you are going to kiss, or you have misread the entire situation and they are just leaning in to look at something stuck in your teeth.
If the first is true, then read on because it's time to pucker up and get on with THE KISS.

step 2Practice the Kiss

Once you're leaning in, things start to happen quickly. If you are nervous about the actual kiss, why not practice beforehand to hone your technique? An arm or mirror could serve as useful tools to self monitor the feel and look of your kissing style.

Rest assured, THE KISS is coming, but here it is broken down first, step by step so that you know what's going on when you see it at full speed with a partner in the next step.

Here is a head on view of a kiss. I am just practicing here, so it might look a little funny, but once your partner is sitting across from you and your lips meet theirs, it's H, O, T hot.

1. You are in the pre kiss state described in step 1 - your head is tilted, there is lip activity, your eyes are in a soft deep gaze and maybe there is some light physical contact.

You could open or close your eyes, though if you're nervous, closed could help avoid the deer in headlights look of fear. I like to start with mine open and close them just before lip contact.

2. Either you or your partner has shown that they would like to kiss. Start putting the pieces from step 1 together. Lean in and meet your partner halfway. Begin to pucker the lips by bringing them together, pushing them out, and applying just a faint hint of suction on your closed mouth to bring the cheeks slightly in.

Now is a good time to lick your lips if they aren't already moist.

Keep leaning in, remembering to tilt your head until you make contact with your partner's lips.

Remember not to forget about hand placement! A gentle touch to the back of the neck, the shoulders or your partners head is all you need. This can also help in guiding someone into the kiss if they are lost or are having trouble meeting you.

3. Your lips come to a full pucker position. They are soft, but not floppy. They can be fully formed and firm, but certainly not hard. This is an ambiguous state for any solid to be in - but these are your lips were talking about here - they can handle it!

Make contact with your partners lips.

If this is your first kiss, you don't want to linger too long, but you also don't want to just peck them and retreat.

Count "one-one thousand, two-one thousand" in your head before relaxing the pucker in your lips and beginning to pull your head away. You can hold the kiss like this for longer, but after 5 seconds or so should start think about ending this kiss. If you would like to keep kissing after that you can always lean in again and follow up the first kiss with a second, third or fourth kiss.

Remember to breathe through the kiss. It's all right to hold your breath for a short kiss, but for longer ones you are going to have to breathe while you are kissing. Since your mouth is occupied, you are going to have to use your nose. Just breathe normally and continue on with the kiss.

To end the kiss begin to lighten the pressure your lips are applying to your partners' and relax your puckered lips. As your lips relax they will separate and a small amount of air will be sucked into your mouth. This will create the kissing noise, or "smack" that is identified with a kiss.

At this point contact with your partner's lips has ended and its time to start thinking about giving them a little space and time to reflect about what just happened.

4. Move your head back slowly and begin to relax the muscles around your mouth. You can keep your eyes closed for a bit as you revel in the kiss and slowly return to your normal un-extended position.

5. You are now in the post kiss phase and if it was a good kiss, words won't do the feeling justice. If you and your partner liked what just happened you can follow up with more, or just enjoy what the two of you shared. If it was a bad kiss, you can try to make changes and give the kiss another go. If things can't be salvaged at that particular moment, don't force it - take a break and talk about it with your partner and try again after a few minutes or another day.

step 3The Kiss

Ok, it's time for THE KISS. Take all the elements from steps 1 and 2 and put them together. It's good to be methodical while practicing to kiss, but when it's time to do the real thing it should flow smoothly and come naturally. That means less step-by-step instructions, and more videos of the real thing.

Just a simple kiss.

Put a few of them together.

You can also touch your tongue to your partners lips ever so slightly. (This is not a French Kiss - just one method of placing the tongue towards the front of your mouth so you can just lightly brush your partner's lips upon contact.)

step 4Post Kiss

The post kiss is a lot like the pre kiss state, but more warm and gooey.

If you enjoyed the kiss show your partner that you liked it by smiling and/or holding their hand.

If you are going to kiss again keep things energized by maintaining physical contact with your partner even though you have pulled your lips away. For multiple kisses its ok to do the same thing over and over, but it's better to change things up a little bit. Here are some variables to think about modifying:

  • angle of approach
  • speed of kiss
  • length of kiss
  • kiss firmness/intensity
  • lip positioning (The first kiss is often a dead on approach, but offsetting one set of lips either up, or down can lead to a nice interlocking kiss where one partner's lips are nestled within the "lip valley" of the other partner's lips.)
  • hand placement
  • body placement

If you are done kissing for a little while just stare into your partners eyes and enjoy what the two of you just shared. Hopefully it will be the first of many and the twinkle in your eye as well as the smile on your face should make you feel like you are on top of the world.

step 5How NOT to Kiss

Kissing "don't's" are just as important as kissing "do's". Just as doing all the right things can make for a magical kiss, doing all the wrong things could seriously throw a monkey wrench into your kissing future.

So remember, don't:

  • try to suck the face off of your partner. Kissing is exciting, and there can certainly be an urge to latch on and suck, but try to resist, as it will probably upset your partner.
  • force your tongue onto the scene. The right time to use your tongue while kissing will present itself after a few kisses, a few minutes or a few days. Forcing it too early or being aggressive with your tongue before you or your partner is ready is not a good idea.
  • kiss your partner with a mouth full of saliva. Remember to swallow excess spit before locking lips with your partner. While this is more of a problem with French kissing, if the saliva were to somehow find its way out of your mouth during a regular kiss, it could be problematic.
  • kiss with bad breath or fuzzy teeth. Practice good oral hygiene before kissing and take a second to think about whether or not your lips and mouth are a nice environment to kiss. It's true that kissing someone who has eaten onions or garlic can be pungent - so watch out for kisses after meals, but often if both partners have had the same thing to eat neither of them will mind very much.
  • miss your partner's face or misalign and hit noses. It's not the end of the world if this happens, but a simple turn of the head or glance to make sure you are properly aligned can help you avoid this potentially embarrassing situation.
  • don't run into trouble with braces. Locking braces, cutting your partner, or just clashing metal is a real danger when you or your partner have braces. Kiss gently when you have braces and take special care not to link your braces onto theirs. Kissing with braces is most definitely possible and having them shouldn't keep you from being a great kisser.

Even if you do make some of these mistakes none of them are unrepairable. Remember, kissing certainly is a big part of becoming close with someone, but it is by no means everything. If you do happen to have a bad experience just take a second to compose yourself, and try giving it another shot.

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      kesta 3 years ago

      i avnt had ma first kiss yet ba i really cant wait........tanks a lot fr dis

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      Jerusha 3 years ago

      I had my first kiss a few weeks ago, and it was horrible!! My boyfriend is a lot taller then me, so I had to lean my head back a lot when he bent to kiss me... Since it just happened rather spontaneously, I forgot to spit my bubblegum out, and ended up choking when we started!! I came home, and read this advice and we tried again a few days ago.... It was amazing! Thank u!

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      anonymous girl 4 years ago

      Thanks that was helpful

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks I am kissing my BF tomorrow and I was so nervous but this sooooooo helped!

      Good luck to everyone above me!

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      that girl 4 years ago

      I can't wait to I get to kiss my friend he wants to kiss ms and I know so wish me luck:-*

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      mary 4 years ago

      Wow dis sounds helpful but am still nervous haven't had my first kiss yet but I now know how to do it perfectly

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      Claire 4 years ago

      thanks for this it will help in the future... my boyfriend kissed me for the first time today and it was my first kiss so i had no idea what to do lol, and we almost bumped noses but then he gently placed one hand on my back and one on my neck and guided my lips to his, and he pressed his lips to mine and kind of sucked on my bottom lip... it lasted for about 5 seconds and he pulled away and our eyes met and we smiled... it was a cute kiss lol, a little awkward but he knew what to do so that's something...

      But yeah thanks for this, now i know what to do for our next kiss and i won't freeze up like i did today =)

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      reminds 5 years ago

      It really helped

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      katta 5 years ago

      I have a BF and we kissed last fri. It was lucky that I red dis first

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      Aaliyah 5 years ago

      This was awesome and it helped a lot

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      cheyenne 5 years ago

      I`m going to totally going to follow these steps When i kiss Jackson. OMG I love this site!!!!!!!

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      triciA 5 years ago

      I've Talked To My Bf About Our First Kiss And He Said It'll Happen But We're Never Alone Bc His Siblings Are Always Around And I Love zthem But Idk How To Tell Them That We Need Alone Time & I'll Be Seeing Him Friday. HELP!!!

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      Me 6 years ago

      Omg I'm still nervous for when I will have my first kiss I'll do it wrong or he don't kno how lol what am I thinking a boy would kno.....I sure hope

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      asdbfbdhshdbdhfd 6 years ago

      Now I know how to kiss.hopefully my crush lets me kiss him.he likes me back.i see it in his pretty eyes.

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      Jolissa 6 years ago

      This REALLY helped!!!!! THNKS CANT WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!!!

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      getgial easy 6 years ago

      easy to kiss but depends on brave was nice to know this

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      Mii life nt urs 6 years ago

      HELP ! There's this guy I rly rly like but he doesn't no I like him but he's a year younger then me nd hes kissed lots of people nd I never kissed any1 mii friend asked him wud he meet (French kiss ) me at the gaa on Friday nd he sed Ye but I I'm so scared and I don't no what to do because i don't won't to make a fool of my self ! And I don't won't to say no coz I do t won't to look like a baby :L

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      SOme one 6 years ago

      I'm so close to my first kiss and dont want to screw it up I hope this will help

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      A girl :) 6 years ago

      I really like this. It seems very helpful. I haven't kissed a guy yet but if I do now I have an idea of what to do. Thanks to who ever wrote this. :D

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      rovb 6 years ago

      i just totally learned my mistakes by reading this

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      dash 7 years ago

      i hope dis will help me in cumin few days...fingers crossed

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      JoeCB 7 years ago

      Omg, this is so helpful, I've been to almost 10 websites now looking foe good advice, and none of them helped me at all. but this one.. this one is awesome, thank you so much!

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      Goldmoon 7 years ago

      Thank you, I haven't had a kiss yet although I've been really nervous about kissing my boyfriend, I think he's nervous too. Now I know what to do and what Not to do. I hope when the time comes I won't chicken out.

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      unknown 7 years ago

      OMG ,,,, this totally helped me !! this will be my first kiss i hope i won't mess up :s thanks alooot u really helped me :))

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      Kalan 7 years ago

      My boyfriend asked me if he kissed me would i kiss him. But i wasn't ready yet i was way too scared and now just a little bit not scared but i want my kiss to come now because im ready

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      Jalissa 7 years ago

      This is really great info. I've never kissed a guy before but this guy likes me. We were about to kiss in my car but I got really nervous and chickened out. I told him I'd make it up to him but he made me promise that I'd start it. This helped a lot even though I'm still really nervous. Thanks!

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      lorna 7 years ago

      omg wow! I think im gonna kiss my guy next sunday, we're going to the cinemas and neither of us have had a date or a kiss before and we were friends first, he's so sweet and i really like him even though he was the one who liked me first :) xx

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      Sasha 7 years ago

      OMG! this totally helped my nerves! My bf has been asking me to kiss him for a month now, but always asked if i was "ready". Being the r-tard i am i keep saying "ya sure" but i always shy away whenever it might happen. The slightest bit of eye contact and i turn away....but now i think i'm gonna kiss him at the next home basketball game!

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      Belle  7 years ago

      um, this helped a lot, my partner and me goin on 8 months now, just 2 months ago started to french kiss, getting pretty serious and near graduation time i hope me and him can stay together.

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      latifa 7 years ago

      my first kiss will be tmrw ughh so nervouse

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      brett fisher  7 years ago

      i'm nervous about it but i think i'm not nervous now.

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      ss sneh 7 years ago from the Incredible India!

      Hi! Nice demonstration! French kiss is the most famous kiss isn't it? - Thanks

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      Zac efron 7 years ago

      My first kiss was with a guy we sucked each tigers duck after that

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      carne  8 years ago

      omg liike wow

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      sana 8 years ago

      like thrullllllllllllllllll....................

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      KillaarrRaawrr 8 years ago

      First Kiss Was Sexyy

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      someone  8 years ago

      My first kiss will be this Friday. I'm so nervious and I really like my babe but I'm too scared of getting real close to him and actually kiss him

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      max 8 years ago

      thanks dude u got me all the way with my girl

      and by all the way i mean all the way

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      samantha 8 years ago

      thx i really thuoght that i couldn't do it and i did

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      Amber 8 years ago

      thank you soooo much! i am so nervous about my first kiss and this really helped! ty!!!

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      eynap...:) 8 years ago

      Omg!my first kiss was last night and it was horrible!i read this and saw what all went wrong soo ill make sure to follow theses steps carefully....

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      Gaurav 8 years ago

      Well... how about waiting for some more time to see whether he wants to kiss and then *** but of course, you have to to be patient too. It's a different story if you wanna get on with ***. You decide. I will be glad to be of any more help.

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      Dove 8 years ago

      Thanks soooooooo much too!!!

      I haven't kissed a guy yet but this will definetly help when the time comes!!!!!!


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      dance13a13e 8 years ago

      thanks sooo much i've never kissed a guy but this will really help!

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      Logan Lord 8 years ago

      First time really helped a lot!

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      Hannah 8 years ago

      Ive never kissed a guy b-4! thanks for all the help this was awesome!!

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      RvBchick 9 years ago

      Thanks!Okay, so here's the story guys.A while back my bf said he liked me, and that he wanted to kiss me.Me, being the moron I am, said something like how I was ready (likethat matters) and then a month later, poof. We're broken up. Now he'sback with me and like 3 weeks ago: We where at a lake with like 15 ofmy friends (we have to hide our realationship cause of my parents) andhe held my hand under water. But then he wanted to kiss me (Underwater)and I told him no, cause I didn't want my parents to see (actually, I told him whenWe get back to my friends house) But we never ended up back. Then he asked if heCould kiss my hand underwater. Then I thought "o.o wth. ew no" But I just said I didn'twant him to, and he was like "You prob/ won't feel it" But I still said no. ANYWAY. He wasacting normal, and then he wanted to play chicken wars with me on his shoulders. He putme on his shoulders and then, out of no where: Threw me off. really hard to. I was kinda ofafraid he was mad... He's not the big mean populare type. He's the nice sweet, friends with everyone type.Here are my Questions to you guys.A) Would he still kiss me? Or did I blow my chance.B) Is he worth being with?C)Should I break up with him?Note:this is my first BF. Thus I've never kissed a guy. How should I start off kissing him? If I did...I am 13. He's 15,


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