What Does It Mean When He Cups Your Face While Kissing You? (17 Sweet Things)

Last updated on May 12, 2024 by Michelle Devani

Is there a man in your life who cups your face while kissing you?

Are you wondering why he does this - and what it means for your relationship? 

Does it reveal something about the way he feels about you? 

I'll reveal the likely answers to these questions in the guide below. 

But, before I do, it's very important that you read the following story carefully. 

In my younger years, I was always the woman trying to read into every detail of a man's behavior. 

Most likely, I did this because I could never keep a man's attention for more than a few dates.

I spent years wondering why I was always the woman traded in for a better partner. 

Was I doing something wrong? Was there something inherently wrong with me? I had no idea...

Thankfully, everything changed for me when I began reading about a barely-known aspect of male psychology called the 'Hero's Instinct'.

This is a primal line of thinking that continues to be held by most modern men, and it has a tremendous impact on how attracted they feel to the various women in their life. 

Once you discover how this psychological trigger works, you can learn how to make a man feeling amazing around you. We're talking about levels of joy that no other person can release. Naturally, he is drawn emotionally closer to women who can release these feelings. 

I know it because I have tried it myself. The way men react to me has changed immeasurably. To learn how it works, you can read my personal account of how I discovered the 'Hero's Instinct'.

With that said, we can still explore what it means when a man cups your face when he kisses you.


What It Means When He Cups Your Face While Kissing You

Are you curious about what it means when you get a forehead kiss or when a guy holds your hands while kissing you? What does it mean when he cups your face while kissing you? 

These things sound like something Prince Charming would do to his princess. I love it when a guy grabs my hands and pulls me in for a kiss; it shows he really wants to be with me!

No one but your man knows what he thinks when he does the things that he does. However, we can make some pretty educated guesses as to what’s on his mind. For one thing, a kiss like this is a great way to show someone you care and love them with all of your heart. 

Second, one thing that’s clear is he is very into you and wants to be more than just friends. Even if you were playing truth or dare and he kissed you that way, it would still mean something. Finally, when someone is intimate like that, it often means he wants more than just a kiss! 

In any case, this article will look at the top reasons a guy would kiss you like that!

1. He Wants To Look In Your Eyes

If your man cups your face as he kisses you, he may want to have intense eye contact to show you how much he’s into the kissing that you are sharing. How do you feel when he does that? Does it make you feel awkward or passionate? You should give him a sign of how it’s making you feel so that he will know if he’s doing the right thing.

2. He Is Appreciative That You Are In His Life

he is appreciative that you are in his life

Your man may just want you to know how much he loves having you as his girlfriend and how much he adores the many nice things you do for him. He’s trying to express his emotions through his actions. Understand that not all people are built to communicate in the same way, so let him show you his appreciation rather than telling it to you.

3. He Wants To Feel Like It’s Just The Two Of You At That Moment

If your boyfriend does this in public, he may want to make sure that no one gets in the way of your smooching. Alternatively, he may want to show off in front of other people that he has a hot girlfriend, and you are all his; they don’t get to have you. Some guys enjoy showing off their arm candy (you) to other people. It’s a flattering thing!

4. He Thinks You Are Beautiful

Some guys like to touch girls’ faces because it gives them a chance to see if they are really there; they want to make sure you are not a dream or an illusion. In other words, they are stunned by your beauty! They want to ensure that you know that, too. They brush your cheek with one hand as a way of saying, “Wow, you are stunning, woman!”

5. He Is Being Spontaneous

We all know that spontaneity is the key to a healthy relationship; there have to be some surprises! Maybe he is trying something different so that the two of you stay fresh and alive when you are around each other. You don’t want to do the same thing day and night with no difference in your schedule, do you? 

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Let him put his hand on your cheek; he won’t hurt you, or if he does, you are perhaps focused on the wrong thing in your relationship. You may need to leave the relationship altogether if he is laying his hands on you in a violent way. If you trust him and he’s being sweet, you can let him try something new - touching your face with his hand. 

6. He Just Wants To Naturally Show His Emotions

Often, a man is shy when it comes to talking about his feelings or expressing his emotions. If he has decided to put his hand on your face while you kiss, he may be trying to express his emotions that way. Provided it doesn’t bother you at all, go ahead and allow him the chance to show you how he feels about you rather than say it. 

Of course, over time, it may become an issue if he cannot talk about his feelings because eventually, you will want to hear the words, “I love you.” However, if he is most comfortable showing his feelings by touching your face, I think that’s acceptable, even sweet, really. You might want to put your hand on his face, too! Catch him off guard!

7. He’s Trying To Be Passionate

he's trying to be passionate

Sometimes, a man just wants to be like a rock star and show you moves you’ve only seen on television or in the movies. He’s trying something new, an act that he hopes will turn you on and make you want him. He may mean to be sexy, and if that’s the case, you need to determine whether you are, in fact, turned on or not by this action. 

8. He Wants To Get A Feel For How Much You Are Into Him

Often, a man kisses a woman in an effort to see what kind of response he gets in return. If you kiss him back and rub his body with your hands while the two of you make out, he knows that you like him and want his body, or at least that’s probably what he’s thinking about. If you don’t feel that way, you may not want to kiss him back. 

You are giving him the wrong sign if you return the kiss, and you don’t want anything more than friendship. 

9. He Adores You

Some men are just in awe of the women they are dating. They feel like they have to show those women just exactly what they think of them. For example, your man may kiss you like that after watching you play the piano for two hours straight. He’s fascinated by your talent and ambition in pursuing such a difficult task. You have wowed him!

10. He Wants To Feel Intimacy

Intimacy, though it can mean this, doesn’t always mean sexual intercourse. Sometimes, intimacy is all about being close to another person in a sensual or loving manner. He may just want to cuddle with you and show you that you have picked a man with character and charm, someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to keep you!

11. He Is In Love With You

Kissing one another in this way is definitely a sign of love. Your man may want you to know that you mean the world to him, and, as he cups your face in a gentle manner, he hopes you understand that there is real love involved, and he is happy that you are in his life. You have made him a better man, someone he is proud of. He may not say all that. 

However, his actions (the hand on the face move) show you that he means something real. He wants you to know you have changed his life in ways that only you would understand; he’s just too shy to say all that, but his kiss shows that he means that. Some guys just don’t know how to put all that into words; often, that’s why women talk more.

12. He Wants To Be Sweet And Tender

This is a very sweet move, after all, isn’t it? Don’t you love it when he puts his hand on your face? It makes you feel as though you are the only girl in the world in his eyes. That’s a powerful sign of love in your relationship; your man is able to show you sweetness with a small action on his part. He may not even realize how sweet it is. 

13. He Has Missed Kissing You

he has missed kissing you

If you have spent time away from one another, there’s a good chance your boyfriend just wants you to know that he’s missed you like crazy! This is his way of saying that you are the only girl for him, and he’s nuts about you. No girl could ever measure up in his book to who you are for him! That’s got to make you feel pretty special, right?

14. He Wants Your Full Attention

Often, when a guy does something like this, showing a very special kind of body language, you know that he needs you completely. 

He may not want you to get distracted by social media, your computer, or something going on with your phone. He wants you all to himself for once. Distractions are a normal part of life, but he wants some alone time. 

15. He Cares A Lot About You

Many guys who kiss like this do so because they enjoy lingering kisses, and usually, kisses like this mean that you are in for a longer kiss than normal. Lingering kisses are also the sign of a healthy relationship, according to an expert on Martha Stewart’s website. There are many signs of strong relationships, but this is definitely one of them.

16. He Wants You To Kiss Him Back

It’s easy when we are distracted or busy to give half-kisses, those kisses you give a man when you are too preoccupied to stop what you’re doing to kiss him back. It’s kind of like a side hug. You are still showing affection, but you aren’t really “there.” He may want you to pay attention to him and kiss him back for a change! Go ahead and give him that!

17. He’s Ready To Make Love

These types of kisses are quite hot and can get your hormones raging! Your man may be trying to plant one of these kisses on you so that you will get the hint that he wants to go to the bedroom to get naughty. If he succeeds in making you lustful, go for it! You might as well enjoy yourself while the two of you are together in sweetness, right?


What does it mean when a guy smiles while kissing you?

He is happy and overwhelmed with emotions, so much so that he cannot control the way he expresses them. He’s excited to be having a kiss like that with you, so enjoy it with him! You can show him you are happy by smiling back during the kiss.

What does it mean when a guy holds your face?

It means that the guy wants your full attention; he wants to make sure that you are clearly engrossed with the kiss he is giving you. He wants to show you love and affection with this kind of kiss because you mean a lot to him. It’s a good thing!

Where does a guy like to be touched while kissing?

You can hold his back or shoulders with your hands, depending on how far your arms wrap around him. If you are really into the kiss and want to show him you are up for more than just making out, then you could scratch his back with your fingernails.

How does a guy feel after kissing a girl?

Kisses are good things, so guys love it when they are done kissing you for a long time. It gives them a rush of endorphins, which are hormones that make you happy. It’s a good sign if he asks you out after the kiss, or touches your body more.

How can you tell if a guy is turned on?

His body may get hot and sweaty as he tries to control the hormones raging inside. He may want to make sure you are ready, but he’ll often try to get the cues from you that you are ready to move things into the bedroom after all this.

To Sum Things Up…

Are you wondering what is on the mind of your man when you make out? How do things usually turn out with your man? Does he respond well to kissing? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. Please share this post with others, too!

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Michelle Devani
My name is Michelle Devani, and I've been helping people with their relationships since 2003. In 2017 I decided it was about time I started a blog on the topic, and since then more than 2 million people worldwide have read my relationship advice. Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think.

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