Lips Trump Eyes for Online Flirting, in Hunt for World's Best Pick-up Line

Dec 16, 2010, 07:00 ET from

NEW YORK, December 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

- How to Woo a Woman? Compliment her Lips, But if She's American, Praise her Clothes

- Study Reveals Which Pick-up Lines Actually Work: Surprise Winner is: "You Have Beautiful Lips"

- "We've Found the Holy Grail of Flirting," Says

A man trying to woo a woman will stand the best chance of success if he compliments her for having "beautiful lips", according to a new global study of pick-up lines used by men for online flirting.

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Such is the advice if the man does not know the woman's nationality. If, however, the woman is American, he will have most success by telling her, "You dress beautifully".

So finds a study conducted by (, the world's largest "social dating" network, with 87 million registered users worldwide. Badoo analysed the response rates to the opening lines used in nearly 200,000 [193,140] online flirtations in 10 languages over one month.

The most commonly USED line was "You have beautiful eyes", but the line that got the best response worldwide was "You have beautiful lips".

However, other lines worked best in particular countries.

So, if a woman is American, Italian or French, a man should tell her, "You dress beautifully". If she's Canadian or German, he should praise her skin.

If she's British, a man should praise her legs. If she's Spanish or South American, her hair; if Dutch or Portuguese, her ears!

"This is a scientific study of which pick-up lines actually work", says Lloyd Price, Badoo's Director of Marketing. "We've found the Holy Grail of flirting."

So, why do women respond best to men praising their lips?

First, because it's bold, not cautious, says Jo Hemmings, a psychologist and dating coach. Second, because it's unusual and so seems more personal.

    TABLE: Most Successful Pick-Up Line By Location


    Worldwide            "You have beautiful lips"
    USA                  "You dress beautifully"
    Canada               "You have beautiful skin"
    UK                   "You have beautiful legs"
    Spain                "You have beautiful hair"
    France               "You dress beautifully"
    Italy                "You dress beautifully"
    Germany              "You have beautiful skin"
    Europe               "You dress beautifully"
    South America        "You have beautiful hair"
    Portugal             "You have beautiful ears"
    Sweden               "You have a beautiful figure"
    Netherlands          "You have beautiful ears"
    Russia               "You have a beautiful nose"
    Turkey               "You have beautiful legs"
    Poland               "You have beautiful arms"