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There she is. Adorable. Making eyes at you from across the room. Walking over to her and saying something—anything—could be the difference between this being another dud of a night, or a night when you flirted with a cute girl. Or even got her number. Or even took her home! But what do you say?! It’s the all-elusive answer. Here are lines that, believe it or not, usually work.

Just say your name

It’s so simple and yet guys forget to do it: just go up and introduce yourself. Here’s why it works: the last thing a girl wants to think about when you say your line is, “He says that to all the girls” which she will think with anything clever or cheesy. But saying your name is not a line. And it doesn’t even put pressure on her by showing your sexual interest. It’s just an innocent opener. Most decent human beings will introduce themselves back and talk to you.

“You look like someone I’d like to know”

After looking directly at a woman for a few minutes, walk right up to her, not breaking eye contact and say this. It’s not outwardly flirtatious, but it’s a definite compliment. It gets the woman thinking about herself and what makes her intriguing, and then she’ll instantly associate good feelings with you. Because you got her mind on that track.

“Want to buy me a drink?”

After making flirty eyes with a girl for a while and finally walking over to her, say, “It looks like you want to buy me a drink.” She’ll instantly laugh at the unexpected role reversal, and she’ll appreciate that you had the guts to acknowledge the eye flirting that was going on.

“Want to see my awesome abs?”

Women love when you can tease yourself. If you’re not in the best of shape, say the above-mentioned line. If you’re bald, ask if she likes your hair. Women love a guy that can make fun of himself and, as soon as they know you’re comfortable with your own physical defects, they’re comfortable with them as well.

“I have that exact same outfit”

After looking a woman up and down, walk over to her and pick out something distinct about her outfit—preferably the most girly thing—and say, “I have those bangles too.” Just the fact you’re able to joke about being girly shows you’re comfortable with your feminine side which women love, plus you picked up on something she is wearing (more points!) and you’re funny!

“Hi, can I buy you a drink?”

Believe it or not, very few guys buy women drinks these days! So you’ll stand out as having an old world, gentlemanly vibe if you offer this. And of course she’s happy not to pay for her own drinks (be real now). Once she’s said yes, out of politeness, she’ll talk to you for at least ten minutes. That’s ten minutes you get to impress her that other guys don’t get.

“You know what material this is?”

You grab your shirt and say, “You know what material this is?” and then add, “Boyfriend material.” Women will love that you were willing to make yourself look so goofy, and the line is obviously self-consciously cheesy, so you beat her to the punch line of, “That’s so cheesy!” Plus, the word “boyfriend” gets any girl to perk up as well as feel more at ease.

“Sorry but you owe me a drink, because when I saw you I dropped mine.”

This line simultaneously flatters a girl, but also teases her a little which is good because women are uncomfortable with flat out compliments. It also can lead to a round of drinks between the two of you—always a good way to earn more time with her.

“You’re so cute, I forgot what I was going to say”

This is of course the line itself. There was no original line. But it shows vulnerability on your part, making it look like you really don’t have game (something women find adorable) and at the same time, complimenting her.

“If I were to ask you out on a date, would your answer be the same as the answer to this question?”

First off, you can’t lose. If she answers yes, that’s a yes. And if she answers no, that’s still a yes! Second off, it’s a bit of a brainteaser and will stump the woman for a second. And whenever a woman is stumped, she wants you to stick around for a minute to prove she’s not actually a total ditz! That’s more conversation for you.

“I bet you $20 you’re going to turn me down”

First of all, women never like to think you’ve got them figured out. So right off the bat you get to have a little debate with her when she asks, “Why would you think that?” Also, she doesn’t want to lose $20!

“You are like a candy bar: half sweet and half nuts”

This line is for after you’ve been talking to a girl for a bit, but she’ll love it because she’ll believe you’ve been playing close attention to her and picked up on her quirks, yet you still find her attractive.

“Hey somebody farted. Let’s get out of here”

You’ll have a woman instantly in a giggle fit with this one. Deep down, most women love a guy that’s comfortable talking about funny bodily functions. It makes them more at ease. It’s also a unique spin on the “Let’s get out of here” line.

“Are you going to kiss me or do I have to lie to my diary?”

Another line for after you’ve been chatting with a lady, this one again shows you’re comfortable portraying yourself as girly, which women find endearing and funny. And often when a woman does want to kiss you, she doesn’t want to be the one to make the first move. She’ll like that you “gave her no choice.”

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