9 Expert-Approved Tips For Making Out That Improve Your Kissing Skills

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There’s something awesome about a great make-out session. Not only are the lips an incredibly sensitive area of the body — much more sensitive than most other parts — but mouth-on-mouth contact creates a serious bond between two people.

It’s not as simple as mashing one set of lips against another, however.

There are some do's and don’ts when it comes to making out, especially if you want to make it amazing rather than just good.

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Take your kissing sessions to the next level with these make-out tips:

1. Dress appropriately for making out.

One of the best make-out tips has nothing to do with actual kissing.

Wearing something sexy can bring the heat because no matter how much your kissing partner cares about you, a sexy blouse or t-shirt is going to turn them on more than a baggy sweat suit.

Wear clothes that are a bit lighter, so your partner can get his hands under them if he wants.

2. Keep your mouth in shape.

You’ve got to keep your mouth well-tuned for kissing. That means brushing and flossing, and using chapstick to keep your lips soft and moist.

Carry mouthwash with you so you can do a quick minty rinse if you think some kissing is in the near future.

Consider how close you are to someone during your make-out session. Good breath matters. And it never hurts to stay up to date on your deodorant as well, so if that’s an issue for you, carry an extra stick.

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3. Suck gently and then hard while you make out.

Many often neglect to mention that while sucking is nice, it’s best employed in a gentle fashion.

A little soft sucking really does go a long way. Draw the lip into your mouth and give it one or two sucks before letting it go and resuming kisses.

Once in a while, however, feel free to take things up a notch with a rough suck on your partner’s bottom lip

4. Make eye contact while kissing.

Pulling back from a kiss to glance up underneath your lashes at your lover is a great way to show your interest and get them ready for more.

The same pulling back is good when talking dirty. These “bedroom eyes” speak volumes — just make sure you’re ready for things to go to the next level if you use them because that may very well happen!

5. Keep lip biting to a minimum.

Even in the hottest make-out session, biting can still hurt. That’s why it’s better to keep biting to a minimum.

If you do employ some gentle nipping, watch your partner’s reaction to see if they like it or seem put-off.

If it doesn’t go over well, don’t punish yourself. Just know that you might want to try other tactics instead.

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6. Know what to do with your hands while you make out.

A make-out tip that has nothing to do with your lips? Yes, oh yes.

Your hands play a key role in any make-out session, which will be a lot less hot if you’ve both just got your paws folded in your lap.

Instead, use your hands to gently clasp your partner’s face or neck. You can also run them through his hair or down his waist, or intertwine your fingers with his.

7. Stay away from hickies.

No matter how excited you get during a make-out session, your lover’s boss isn’t going to appreciate seeing the proof the next morning at work.

Hickies lower down on the body — below the collar — are fine if your partner won’t need to take his shirt off any time soon, but generally, hickies are crass.

That means receiving them as well — don’t hesitate to stand up for yourself and put a stop to sucking that’s too hard.

8. Use some tongue while kissing, but not too much.

One of the signs of an amateur is being too eager to use tongue.

While running your tongue lightly along your partner’s and using it to explore their lips is exciting, no one wants a slobbery doggy kiss

Use tongue sparingly, and keep in mind that while open-mouthed kissing is nice, you don’t have to break out the tongue every time your lips part.

9. Tease a little.

There’s nothing wrong with a little good old-fashioned teasing. If you want to make things a bit more exciting, try going in for a kiss only to pull back at the last minute. Your partner will get excited by the chase and it will add an extra level of heat to your tongue-tied interactions.

A good make-out session is not only pleasurable, it’s the perfect way to begin foreplay. Whether you’re in a serious relationship and want to keep things hot or are just starting out with someone new, kissing is the gateway to more serious physical contact.

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Sean Jameson is a sex expert who shares powerful tips and techniques on his website the Bad Girl's Bible.