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10 Different Kisses and What They Mean

By Patti Wood, Body Language Expert

Different Types of Kisses to Try

Cheek Kiss
A peck on the cheek for a first date is also a friendly way of greeting someone. A woman can signal she wants a cheek kiss by leaning in. To kiss your date or partner on the cheek, put your hands on the man’s arms lightly and offer your cheek. For the man, reach out and rest your hands lightly on the shoulders and gently move in to kiss the cheek

Forehead or Top of the Head Kiss- If it is the only kind of kiss you get, it signals “I am your big brother or big sister kiss.” Or if you have kissed before it signals, “I feel protectiveness and nurturing as well as lust for you.”

Earlobe Kiss
This kiss is more sensuous. The earlobes are a sensitive area and kissing or nibbling or sucking on them can be very arousing.

French Kiss
This is the most popular and widely known kiss. It involves closeness along with a hint of sexual excitement. It is a beautiful experience. But it is definitely not a first or second date kind of a kiss. You have to start with a normal lip to lip kiss and then slowly bring your tongue into play. Let your tongues brush against each other but don't go too deep. Don't rush take it slow. Recognize body cues that show your kissing partner wants to kiss or is closed to the kiss open vs. closed windows, blocking gestures, retreat.

Butterfly Kiss
This is a simple and sweet type of kiss that signals a sweet and tender trusting relationship. Because it would indicate that your partner loves only you. To perform the butterfly kiss, bring your face very close to your partner's face so that your eyelashes are touching. Now flutter your eyelashes like the fluttering of a butterfly's wings.

Single-Lip Kiss
This is again a very sensual kind of a kiss. To do it just take your partners lip and suck it with two of your lips. Do it very gently as doing it hard will make their lip go numb and it might even be painful. It is a nice change from the usual types of kisses. 

Eskimo Kiss
In the Eskimo kiss you have to get your face close to your partner's and rub your nose against theirs. Do it gently to enjoy it. Based on Greeting followed by the Eskimos

Angel Kiss
In this kiss you lightly touch your partner's eyes with your lips. It is a very caring and loving gesture. This is a very sweet gentle type of kiss. Men, just to let you know, a woman feels especially cherished when you gently and loving give an angel kiss. 

Arabian Nights Kiss
Seal me with kisses or open kisses that go all over the body all over kisses. The name of this kiss says it all. There were 101 stories in the Arabian nights. Kiss from the top of the head to the waist and or from the toes to the thigh. You can start this kiss from the top of the head or forehead and slowly move down on the face and further kissing gently everywhere. 

Surprise Kiss 
Kiss your partner when they don’t expect it for example: in the middle of cooking dinner together, across the dinner table, just after you have gotten in the car, or just after you brush your teeth.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at Also check out Patti's YouTube channel at