Pucker up buttercup: It’s International Kissing Day
NOT everyone's first kiss is dreamy, but there is something about the act of kissing someone that keeps us going back for more.
With International Kissing Day being celebrated on July 6, what better time to celebrate everything about smooching?
Facial reading expert Janine Hall, whose Plump and Smooth Lip Therapy kits made their way into the hands of dozens of Hollywood A-list celebs at the Academy Awards earlier this year, knows a thing or two about kissing.
"Your lips are the most sensitive part of your entire body with an average of 10,000 nerve endings, that compares to 8000 in the female anatomy and 4000 in the male anatomy so perhaps that's why kissing is one of the most loving things we can do," Ms Hall said.
From kissing a loved one on the forehead as a sign of affection, to the anxiety-inducing first French kiss, Ms Hall said there was a lot more to the act than first meets the eye.
"Kissing is a clear signal of a relationship between two people. At first meeting, people may give a quick peck on the cheek but will avoid contact with their lips when they first meet someone," she said.
"As that person becomes more familiar, more pronounced smooches would become the norm."
Unless, of course, you are an "air kisser", which is purely about image.
"This is something you would typically see on Beverly Hills Housewives where they they will make the noise no connection. What this says is 'I really want you to like me, but don't get too close'," Ms Hall said.
Ms Hall said lip compatibility in partners could play a small part in creating the perfect kiss, but there was no golden rule to creating that take-you-breath-away pash.
"If you have one who is full lipped with somebody who has thinner style lips, they connect and they balance each other out.
"But in the end, if it feels right, you know it."
To find out more about Ms Hall's lip interpreting readings, which are similar to palm reading, visit http://www.organiclipbalm.com.au/