Kiss Like a Movie Star: From Here to Eternity

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"The Forbidden Kiss"

What do you get when you pair a lonely sergeant and his boss's restless wife and put them on the beach late on a warm summer night, clad in nothing but bathing suits? A famous and memorable scene that was shocking for its day (1953).

Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) are the forbidden lovers, meeting for a secret rendezvous in a secluded cove on a Hawaiian beach. As the waves crash and the moon sparkles on the sand, Lancaster and Kerr, both dripping wet from their romp in the ocean, roll around on the sand, locked in a tight embrace. But you don't have to head to Hawaii, get involved in an illicit love affair or have a Hollywood movie budget to create this kind of kissing moment. With some creativity and a little planning, you can inspire this kind of passion in your everyday world.

The first step: Break from routine. Plan a day away from the ordinary for you and the partner of your choice. Climb a mountain at sunset, walk through a forest hand-in-hand, find a quiet park to picnic in, whatever you think you will both enjoy. But make sure your environment has an element of romance and excitement. A trip to the auto dealer, even if it's to look at a sexy new Jaguar, is probably not going to cut it. What made the movie scene work so well was the hour (midnight), the mood (forbidden love), and the setting (secluded beach, jagged rocks, crashing waves).

Next step: Wear something sexy. It didn't hurt that Kerr had conveniently thrown on a sexy black bathing suit underneath her dress, or that she told Lancaster she was wearing it. You don't have to strip down to your lacy lingerie in broad daylight, but letting your partner know that you've got on something lacy or silky or otherwise enticing underneath your clothes can do a lot to inspire passion. When it's time to kiss, you'll know it -- and you'll be creating your own scene-stealing moment.

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