13 Types Of Kissing—and How to Do Each One

13 Best Types Of Kissing

13 Types Of Kissing—and How to Do Each One


The 13 Best Types Of Kissing and How to Do Each One

Kissing wouldn’t be as fun if there were only one way to do it. If you had to peck everyone for the rest of your life, you’d probably be hungry for more passion. 

But before learning about the various types of kisses, it’s worth exploring why the heck we kiss people, anyway. “Some evolutionary psychologists suggest that kissing is the way that we find people to partner with and can be a clue on whether we are genetically compatible,” says sexologist Marla Renee Stewart, MA, co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Seduction and Foreplay. “And we know that kissing is a way to help predict our sexual chemistry with someone.”

When we kiss someone we’re attracted to, it triggers a feel-good chemical reaction in the brain—and helps to get you in the mood. “Kissing not only helps with serotonin and endorphins, which our body needs to elevate our mood, it also helps with boosting dopamine that regulates our sexual desire,” Stewart says.

Now that you have a better sense of why we kiss, let’s move on to various types of kisses, starting with the old classic you likely know.

French Kiss

A French kiss is generally what we consider making out. “It’s deep kissing where tongues swirl and play with each other,” Stewart says. (It’s how most kissing is depicted in movies.)

American Kiss

“This is a version of the French Kiss, so open mouth, but without the tongue,” says Megan Fleming, Ph.D., Lovehoney Sex and Relationship Expert. “There’s passion and intensity around this open mouth kiss. It’s the ‘inhale your soul’ kind of kissing.”

13 Types Of Kissing—and How to Do Each One

Lizzy Kiss

“The Lizzy kiss is where you simulate a lizard by sticking out your tongue and your lover sticks out their tongue, and then you two play with each other’s tongues,” Stewart says. In other words, it’s kissing without the use of your lips. This may sound a little gross to some, but if you’re into spit and are really turned on by your partner, the Lizzy kiss is definitely something you should try out.

Butterfly Kiss

With a butterfly kiss, you don’t actually use your lips. You put your faces really close together and then “brush your eyelashes against your lover’s cheek, or another body part, and bat them continuously,” Stewart says.

13 Types Of Kissing—and How to Do Each One

Air Kiss

Although it’s generally thought of as hello and goodbye kiss, an air kiss can be something cute you do with your partner from across the room, Fleming says.


Single-Lipped Kiss

A single-lipped kiss is when you rotate kissing either the top or bottom lip, Stewart explains. It’s a distant relative to the peck, but with the single-lipped kiss, you can also suck on their lip, which can be erotic.

Lip Trace

“Sensually and erotically trace the lips of your partner with your tongue and lips,” Fleming says. You can throw in some single-lipped kisses while tracing, too. This is a very good way to build anticipation. It’s almost like a foreplay kiss.

Ice Kiss

If you want to cool things down, hold an ice cube in between your lips when you start making out. You can pass the ice cube from one another if you’d like. Keep making out until the ice melts!

Spider-Man Kiss

Tobey Maguire definitely made this one famous back in the day. A Spider-Man kiss is when one of you is upside-down, Stewart says. This can be achieved by lying down on your back. With your partner facing the other way, they can give you a kiss.

The Nibble Kiss

While kissing (either pecking or making out), you can lightly nibble your partner’s lip. “Lightly” is the keyword here. A little bit(e) goes a long way. “It’s sexy because it’s unexpected and sensual,” Fleming says.

Vampire Kiss

The vampire kiss is when you gently bite and suck on your partner’s neck. It’s a fun way to give your partner a hickey. (Just make sure they’re okay with getting one! No one wants to have to wear a scarf in the middle of summer.)

Drink Kiss

This one’s fun to do while drinking. You take a small sip of your beverage and then kiss your partner, transferring the liquid to them. This may look simple, but it’s not—make sure to only use a little bit of liquid and be prepared to spill. (You might want to try it with water first.)

13 Types Of Kissing—and How to Do Each One

The Peck

Reserve this quick, close-lipped kiss for hurried goodbyes and visiting your grandma.

13 Types Of Kissing—and How to Do Each One

By Olalekan Awodehinde

Olalekan Awodehinde is a seasoned investigative reporter.

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