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10 Flirty Emojis To Send If You're Low-Key Interested & Want Them To Know

Who gave a winky face the right to be so powerful?
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Before I say anything, let me just tell you: I get it, and I agree flirting is exhausting. If the world were perfect, we’d be able to tell people we liked them telepathically.

But unfortunately, we have to resort to actually speaking to people and trying to figure out if they’re interested in us too. Thankfully, texting makes it all just a little bit easier.

Flirting over text is great for so many reasons—one of them being that you can be a bit bolder than if you were having a face-to-face conversation. (Plus, your love interest can’t see you freakout when they also reciprocate with a flirty text.)

And while punny pick-up lines and cutesy memes are great to send, texting with emojis is especially the move—mainly because there's lots of versatility with them. Not only can you send a horny emoji and a specific heart emoji to indicate your feelings, but you can also send flirty ones too.

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So let's dive into the world of flirting emojis shall we? Here's a list of 10 that can fully turn a friendly conversation up a few notches. You're welcome in advance.

1. The iconic wink

You can’t go wrong with a classic winky face emoji. Whether you’re testing the waters or moving forward with full flirty force, sprinkling a winky emoji here and there is guaranteed to signal to your crush that you’re flirting hard.

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Plus, the winky face emoji has the special ability to turn any conversation into a playful repertoire. For example, regular sentences like, “What are you doing?”, “I’m going to bed,” and “Can’t wait to see you” are instantly transformed into some serious flirting once the emoji is plopped in.

2. The eyes

It's true: Your eyes really say so much. I like to use the eyes emoji when I’m feeling bold and most often when I’m swiping up on a hottie's thirst trap Instagram selfie. No one knows exactly what the emoji means, but there’s underlying sexual energy to it and I’m here for it.

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3. The purple, devil-y smiley face

Nothing says “I’m flirting with you” more than a little bit of this mischievous thing. Even if you’re not saying anything outwardly sexual, tacking on one of these bad boys is sure to send the message that you’re in a naughty mood. And if your crush wasn’t thinking of you like that before, they definitely will now.

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4. The pleading, I'm-begging-for-you emoji

If you’ve stumbled upon the “I’m baby” memes, you know that playing innocent can be a subtle but effective way of flirting. The pleading face emoji is a favorite of mine because it can be added to any sentence and have the same effect. Your co-texter will look at you like you’re the most adorable thing to walk the planet (which you are, of course).

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5. The smirk

While the smiling face with horns emoji sends the message that you’re bad bad, the smirking face emoji is the way to go if you’re trying to see how mischievous the other person is. I like to use this emoji whenever there’s a feeling of friendly competition involved or when I’m daring someone to do something. Just be prepared for the flirting to heat up a bit after hitting send.

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6. The wink and tongue combo

We’ve talked about the winky face emoji, but the winking face with tongue? That’s a whole other level. Part of the art of flirting is figuring out when to be a little discreet and when to be a little louder. And while the winky face is a sure-fire way to let someone know you’re flirting, adding a tongue can bring even more of a fun and sexual aura to your texting.

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7. The not-so-subtle, but totally-flirty hug

Sometimes the best way to flirt is to be subtle about it. Sure, winky faces and tongue emojis are great, but when you really want to test your skills as a flirter, use the hugging smiley face to get your point across. Smileys can definitely be used in a strictly platonic fashion, but when you use them in sentences that can be taken as flirty, there’s an added sense of excitement as your crush tries to decipher if you’re trying to really flirt or not. We love to see it.

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8. The peach booty

Whether you’re talking about your own booty or your crush’s, the peach emoji is a playful way to bring up bodies and sex without being creepy. It will essentially take your flirting to the next level. Just remember to assess whether it seems appropriate to take things to that level, of course. Nothing kills a good flirting spree faster than springing sexual convo when it isn’t welcome.

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9. The girth-y eggplant

Even if an “eggplant” doesn’t make sense within the dynamics of your relationship, because it’s turned into such a sexual symbol, it’s a great emoji to use when your flirting is starting to veer into the sexual side. Who knew vegetables could be so hot?

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10. The hawt emoji

A big part of flirting is hyping up the person you’re talking to. And while compliments like “beautiful,” “handsome,” and “sexy” can go a long way, so can certain emojis—especially this one. The hot face emoji can be used for a couple of different things—one being a warning to your friends that it's a scorcher outside. But it can also be used to let your crush know how hot you think they are.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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