A kiss can either leave you breathless with excitement and wanting for more or it can make you feel absolutely nothing. There’s more to a simple kiss than just the meeting of lips and tongues, and there are easy ways to set the pace even if you’re not exactly the most experienced kisser.

We have listed below, eight simple tips to help make you into a better kisser. You are welcome.

Nix Bad Breath

It goes without saying that when you’re inches from a person’s face, bad breath is the worst thing you could have. A little self-awareness, not to mention good personal and oral hygeine goes a long way. So avoid overly pungent foods, brush, floss and gargle and pack mints, just in case you need that extra bit of freshness.

Use Your Eyes

When you’re leaning in for a kiss, you can’t use your mouth to speak, so why not talk with your eyes? When you’re actually mid-kiss though, it would be adviseable to keep your eyes closed. Closing your eyes during a kiss can intensify the way it feels, not scare off your partner and allow you to focus on the sound of your partner breathing or the gentle touch of their hand.

Take Your Time

Kissing is a team effort. Don’t squelch someone’s spirit by going on the offensive or trying to engage in mouth gymnastics, just take it slow and go with the flow. Trying too hard to control the situation or forcefully leading the way can be off-putting to your partner, so try to control the impulse.

Make Lip-balm Your Best Friend

No, no one expects your lips to be kissably soft all the time, but there is nothing more off-putting than peeling and flaky lips. So before any makeout session, be sure to exfoliate your puckers and apply a generous lashing of lipbalm.

Hold Your Tongue

Remember, it’s a kiss, not a facial wash. Unless they have a fetish, no sane person likes to be covered in saliva, or have their entire mouth filled by someone’s tongue. Try starting out slow and small with no tongue and cranking up the intensity as a kiss gets more passionate.

Follow Each Others Lead

Good kissers will mirror each other’s movements, so that they’re both on the same page. Take note of what your partner’s doing and imitate it. Or, take the lead if you want to try something different. Work together, if there is chemistry, you will feel it.

Make It A Full Bodied Experience

A kiss will feel even deeper and more intimate if you’re holding the other person close during, or touching their neck or back. Physical contact makes for better intimacy and that makes for a better experience.

It’s All About Positive Feedback

If they’re not the best kisser in the world, gently guide them in the direction your prefer, by slowing down, pulling back, and demonstrating a different technique. Try to avoid barking out instructions or ridiculing their efforts.