I’ve kissed a lot of men in my life. But there’s one man I’ll remember forever, and not because he had lips like Ryan Phillippe’s. Our kiss happened on a balmy summer night as we lay curled on the grass beneath a tree. It was the perfect setup for a hot smooch–the kind that makes a girl want to sling a man against a wall (or tree) and have her way with him.
At least that’s the kind of kiss I was hoping for. Instead, the guy went after my face like a Hoover WindTunnel. With a rush of saliva and forced passion, his lips overtook my mouth, my chin, and at some points, my nose. I couldn’t breathe, and he mistook my gasps for moans of pleasure. Needless to say, he never got near my lips–or any other part of my body–again.
I’m hardly the Simon Cowell of kissing; I’m just a woman. And women use kissing as a way to assess a potential partner–to decide whether sex is in the cards. Kissing can be one of the hottest forms of foreplay, a way I explore and appreciate my partner’s lips and tongue and the feel of his body…if he does it correctly. But don’t just take my word for it. We asked 7,274 women to rank the kisses that make their lips curl and consulted top sex experts on how you can do better.