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28 Flirty Ways to Tease a Guy & Make Him Realize He Really Likes You

Want to make him desire you like no-one else? You need to learn how to tease a guy. Make him see what he’s missing by giving and taking away! 

How to Tease a Guy

Knowing how to tease a guy is a subtle yet intricate task. It is all about giving and pulling back, but knowing the right time to do both.

In order to get a guy’s attention, sometimes, being straightforward just doesn’t work. Many guys, even the decent ones, are conditioned to want what they can’t have. So learning how to tease a guy is a wonderful way to get his undivided attention.

That’s right, ladies, time to switch up the power dynamics. Listen, he’s going to get what he wants in the end – he just doesn’t know it yet. Making him work for it is more enjoyable for both of you.

He’ll feel like he earned it, and well, you’ll not only learn how to tease a man, but you’ll also understand the power you hold. [Read: Why do guys come back when you ignore them?]

The art of teasing a guy

Teasing a guy sounds simple enough, right? Well, it is a bit more complicated than what you may have done to your grade school crush. Teasing a guy in terms of dating him is not about poking fun at his shortcomings.

In fact, learning how to tease a guy is a subtle art. It is about give and take. It is about mystery and small glimpses. [Read: 5 different types of flirting and how to pick one that works for you]

Let’s use lingerie as an example. There is a reason it is so popular and that’s because It is all about teasing. What makes it so sexy is that it doesn’t give everything away at once. Instead, it hints at what’s beneath but still leaves you guessing.

This is how attraction works. Think about your favorite show. If it ends with a cliffhanger, that is a form of teasing – even a trailer for a movie is called a teaser for a reason. It gives you just enough to want more.

That is how you have to think about teasing a guy. [Read: How to tease a man and make you tantalizing to him]

The benefits of teasing a guy

Now that you get the idea about what teasing a guy really is, why would you do it? Well, as we said, guys don’t always know what they want.

Sometimes, we need to take the lead and show them. But, again, rather than walking up to your crush and saying you’re interested and hoping that ignites their feelings, subtlety can often actually speak even louder.

Teasing is like a slow burn. You have to have patience, and it forces him to build up a longing that makes the end of the teasing even better. [Read: 33 sexy ways to seduce a man who’s not yet yours and make him yours]

You can tease him sexually or emotionally, and it will trigger something in him that wants to know more. Although not every guy is built the same, learning how to tease a guy can enhance your connection from when you first see him.

Teasing shows that you have wildly enhanced self-control. It shows that you are in control. It tells a guy that there is a lot more to you below the surface, making him want to discover what that is.

And teasing is not just about sex or playing hard to get. Learning how to tease a guy lets you guide the story. [Read: How to make playing hard to get work for you]

How to tease a guy the right way and make him desire you more

Hopefully, you are now convinced that learning how to tease a guy can benefit you in more ways than one. But, how do you do it?

It isn’t like learning how to put together flat-pack furniture. There isn’t a map to success or a list of instructions. Rather, you learn how to tease a guy through trial and error. With this list, you can learn to tell if a guy likes you for sure, and at the same time, learn to tease him effectively and look toward success more often than anything else! [Read: Relationship power plays – What men need to know]

1. Practice

Just like nearly everything else in life, practice makes perfect. If you are nervous about teasing a guy you actually like, try it out on strangers. Don’t tease a guy friend, but someone you just met at the bar.

This lets you start with a blank slate. It also prevents the chances of things getting complicated, as you just met. Instead, you can see what works for you and what doesn’t. For example, is being touchy and playful your thing, or are you more shy and mysterious?

Is your teasing going to come from body language and eye contact, or your words and banter? Trying different teasing styles on strangers will help you determine what works and what doesn’t before you try it with a guy you really like. [Read: How to turn any guy on without even touching him]

2. Take advantage of technology

If you are just trying to tease a guy for the first time, you may feel a little awkward or uncomfortable. So, try it over text or social media before doing it in person. Something as simple as a winking emoji can show interest without giving away too much.

You can be subtle with this, or even responding to his text late and saying you just got out of the shower lets his mind wander without you actually saying anything sexual. [Read: How to get a man to chase you and fall really hard]

3. Start a competition

Competition has a way of raising the adrenaline and chemistry in all of us. So whether you tease a guy at the bar by daring him to shotgun a beer or claiming you can name more actors on Game Of Thrones than him, it ignites a spark.

Friendly competition is the adult equivalent to telling your childhood crush he has cooties.

4. Flirt and pull back

This is probably the easiest way to tease a guy and get him interested. Flirt as you normally would, but pull back. We’re not saying to be hot and cold or ghost him randomly, but just hint at your interest so that he isn’t sure how you feel.

This mystery may seem confusing, but it challenges him to want to find out more. [Read: How to be mysterious without being too distant]

5. Talk about sex

Just subtly bringing up sex around him is teasing. Bring up a sex scene on that TV show you both watch.

Talk about something you read in a book. Make sure not to talk about sex with an ex or anything too clinical. Just mentioning anything revolving around the topic will get his motors running. [Read: How to make a guy really horny just by sitting next to him]

6. Use your body

Body language is a key piece of flirting and teasing. Avoid kissing or anything too obvious. Instead, just place your hand on his arm when he’s talking or playfully tap him when you laugh at his joke.

Even your clothes can be a method of learning how to tease a guy. So instead of going all out with sexy attire, show off your best asset. Drawing attention to just one part is sexier and more focused. [Read: 33 sexy ways to seduce a guy who’s not yet yours and hook him hard]

7. Don’t push it too far

Teasing is an art that means it can be overdone easily and why we told you to practice. You don’t want to tease a guy until he is so confused he moves on or goes nuts.

Teasing should be subtle. It is just enough interest to get him excited, but not so much he is 100% sure you’re interested. And once he makes his intentions known, let it go. Once you’ve kissed or made it to your intended target, mysterious teasing is off the table.

Sure, you can still sexually tease someone you’re dating, but once they know you’re interested in them for sure, teasing just becomes immature. [Read: Signs of unspoken attraction that reveal when someone is into you too]

8. Be confident

Teasing and flirting, in general, really don’t work without a level of confidence. Know you are worth his effort and believe that you are worth his time.

If you second guess yourself, so will he. Own who you are and exude that attitude to make teasing a guy work for you.

9. Compliment him

One of the easiest ways you can tease a guy is with a compliment. Show him that you admire something about him without actually sharing how you feel.

You can say he looks great in blue, but that doesn’t mean you are attracted to him. It will flatter him but won’t give him a big ego. Even laughing at his jokes will work. [Read: 30 best compliments for guys he’ll never forget]

10. Use your space

Play with personal space. When you are teasing a guy, you don’t want to be a few feet away from him. You should offer a closeness that makes him wonder if you’re that near to him because you’re in a crowded bar or because you want to be.

You can lean in and whisper in his ear but then pull back. By playing with those boundaries, he is intrigued.

But with that, never let a guy do anything you are uncomfortable with, and if that happens, tell him. You have to set your own boundaries and know when someone crosses them. [Read: How to encourage a guy to make the first move – 15 subtle but very speedy moves]

11. Know your timing

Intimacy is the end goal of teasing a guy. You don’t want to tease him endlessly. That will get old and annoying. You don’t want to be a tease, and you just want to tease him gently.

So be sure that you aren’t taking the teasing too far. If he says he likes you, or is clear with his intentions, pull back on the teasing and games. There is a time and a place for teasing, and it isn’t when he has been vulnerable with you. [Read: How to let a guy know you’re interested in him without being overeager]

12. Poke fun

You do not want to offend anyone, but poking a little fun at him is a great way to keep him on his toes. You want to make fun of him in a lighthearted manner that isn’t hitting below the belt.

For instance, joke about how he still texts using “u r” instead of spelling out the words. If he isn’t willing to try a new cuisine, you can mock his juvenile palate. These things are simple and small enough to not really mess with him, but will let him know you’re clever and will call him out. [Read: How to show a guy you like him but still be a real tease]

13. Touch him

This is definitely better advice for those already dating someone. You don’t want to do this to a guy you just met. But, if you are in the beginning stages of dating, this will send him over the edge.

If you’re sitting at a bar or table in a restaurant, gently rub his inner thigh. Do not go up too high. But, just that light touch gets him thinking about what might happen later and he will be drooling over you. [Read: How to tell if a guy is turned on by you – 22 signs he’s aroused AF]

14. Give him space

If you’ve been putting in all this effort to flirt and tease him and nothing is happening, give him space.

We’re not saying you should ghost him, but give him time to miss you. Don’t send him that meme that you know he’ll love. Don’t ask how his trip is going.

You can still like his posts, but keep it minimal. Just hold back a bit, and he should realize what he’s missing. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt to post a thirst trap during this time to really reel him in. [Read: The sexy thirst trap – How to master it and make him drool without looking trashy]

15. Walk away

It’s important to know how to exit without ruining the teasing part. Leaving him should be the final tease. You want him to watch you walk away, hoping you’ll turn around one more time. 

Don’t wait for the conversation to die down before heading out. Leave him wanting more. [Read: How to make a man chase you – 20 very subtle ways to make him fall hard]

16. Remember your self-worth

If you want to be a good tease, remember your self-worth. If you want to find someone with any level of self-respect and respect for you, you need to show them you love yourself.

Teasing a man is pretty layered. It’s about showing your worth, and of course, making the journey more exciting for both of you. A good tease is someone who truly believes in themselves. [Read: Secrets for how to respect yourself more]

17. Know your goal

You need to have a goal at the end of the day before you go trying to learn how to tease a man. Of course, you can flirt without a motive, but if you like this guy, what’s the goal?

Do you want him to ask you out? Want to sleep with him? Have a relationship? Then, you’ll be able to gauge your approach and send the right signals.

18. Show you’re unattainable *but not too much*

If you want to be an all-star tease, you need to show him you’re unattainable. He thinks just any guy can have you? We don’t think so. This now switches the power dynamics and shows him that he needs to match your level and not the other ways around.

He’ll be the one drooling and fantasizing about you instead. Of course, don’t take this too far, otherwise you’re wandering into playing hard to get territory. [Read: How to make playing hard to get work for you]

19. Don’t always be so available

We know you like him, but you cannot look like you have no life. You have a life, and it doesn’t revolve around him. Being a tease doesn’t start at a sexual level. It starts with you not being so damn available.

No guy wants to be with a girl who’s always there. Where’s the excitement? Where’s the thrill? This is an old school tip, but it works. Stop being available.

20. If he asks you out, be cool

If you’re going to tease a guy, you need to do it till the end. You cannot act unavailable and unattainable, and then when he asks you out, you become overwhelmed with happiness and scream “Yes!” into the phone. No, girl. Play it cool. Be cool, calm, and collected.

It’ll show him he’s on a good path, but you’re still not convinced. [Read: How to get a man to chase you and fall really hard]

21. It’s all in the eyes

You read right, ladies. You all have beautiful eyes and aren’t using them enough. And, no, the eye roll doesn’t count. So, you’ve shown him you are unavailable, and now you’re finally ready to say ‘yes’ to a date. Good job.

When you’re on a date, or you bump into him, use your eyes. Hold your gaze, and well, frankly, seduce him with your eyes. But do it in a confident way, not in a “please will you be with me” manner. [Read: How to master eye f**king and get them to do it back]

22. Take his personality into account

Not all guys are the same. It’s easy to think there’s a one-size-fits-all method for men, but there isn’t. When you’re teasing him, you need to think about the type of guy he is. Not all guys are into banter, for example.

Before you put the moves on him, get to know him a little first. That way, you’ll see what approach to use.

23. Know where the line is

If you’ve got to know his personality, you’ll understand where the line is. Not all guys enjoy toilet jokes or insults. If you’re not sure where the line is, remember this: avoid jokes which humiliate and demean him.

Some men have sensitive egos, and once you bruise it, it’s hard to come back from that. [Read: The power of words can make or break your relationship]

24. Never make the first move

You’re teasing him, right? So, you cannot make any first moves. If he wants to kiss you, he’ll have to come to you. You’ve worked too hard to make him chase you already, and you’re in the final stage.

If you start making the moves, well, the ball is now in his court, and all that work you did has gone to waste. [Read: The art of making a guy long for you]

25. Kiss and push him away

You’re probably thinking, “but I want him to kiss me more,” yeah, we know. But that isn’t how it works. You need to learn how to push him away after a passionate kiss. Give him just a taste of what he can expect.

Now, you don’t need to push him back like you’re a football player, just lightly. He’ll be dying inside.

26. Now, distract him

You have him horny as hell, but you can’t let him win. Now is the part where you distract him. Suggest having another drink or switching places. At this point, he’ll just want to take you home, and as much as you want that, you’re not going to let him.

He still has some work to do. [Read: How to woo a guy to sleep with you without being slutty]

27. Don’t go home with him

Yes, you can make out with him, but you should not go home with him right away. We know you want to, but listen to us! Don’t do it! Kiss him, make out with him if you want, but when it’s time to part ways and go home, you go home… alone!

This will show him that he’s still got to put more work into it, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

28. You decide when it’s time

You need to be the one who decides when it’s time to take it to the next level. By teasing him, you put the power in your hands. The next date, you can kiss and make out with him, but you choose how far you want to take it. [Read: How to play hard to get with a guy and make it work for you]

Feel the power as you guide the story

For far too long, women have felt like they have to go along with the whims of guys. But, it’s not the case. You can hold the power in your hands, you just need to get your teasing game right.

Guys love a challenge, and by giving him a glimpse of what he could have, but not allowing him to have it just yet, you’ll keep him engaged and desperate to find out more.

[Read: Law of attraction and how it can change your love life]

Learning how to tease a guy in order to get him to try harder is not as easy as it sounds. But, once you master it, guys will be falling over themselves for you.

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...