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10 surprising signs he likes you by the way he looks at you

Is there a guy in your life who keeps shooting you mysterious glances? Are you trying to figure out if he likes you or if it’s all just in your head?

In this article, I’ll be sharing the 10 most surprising signs he likes you by the way he looks at you, as sometimes the eyes say more than words can!

1) His eye-contact game is strong

Ladies, if there’s one surefire way to know a guy likes you by the way he looks at you, it’s through eye contact.

You know what I’m talking about…he keeps glancing over and when he catches your eye, he holds his gaze.

Maybe it’s the guy who checks you out from across the bar or your colleague who always makes eye contact when you pass by him in the office.

The truth is, you’ll know he likes you because it will happen more than once. Of course, we make eye contact with people every day, even if we aren’t attracted to them.

But if he likes you, he’ll try to catch your eye every time he sees you. He’ll maintain eye contact every time you speak to each other. He’s letting you know that you have his attention.

Now, there are different types of eye contact:

  • The smoldering gaze. This signifies he’s lusting after you, especially if he looks you up and down too (we’ll cover that a little later on).
  • The cheeky gaze. This is fun and flirty, you might notice a slight smile form while he’s locked eyes with you.
  • The intense gaze. This can mean several things – he’s overcome with your beauty, he’s intently listening to what you have to say, he’s intrigued by you.

And while there’s no doubt eye contact is a sign he likes you, it might also be his way of figuring out if his feelings are mutual by seeing whether you reciprocate his gaze.

2) He can’t help staring at you

Okay, staring can go two ways:

  • Flattering and exciting.
  • Creepy and weird.

The first type will leave you feeling flustered, excited, even nervous but in a good way.

You realize he can’t take his eyes off you. Maybe you catch him staring at you whenever you walk past, or as you sip your coffee at your desk.

So what is it that makes guys stare when they like you?

Well, it’s human nature. We naturally stare at things we like – the sunset, pretty colors, art, the list could go on! The same applies to people we like the look of.

When a guy stares at you, it’s because he likes what he sees. If you’re already acquainted with this guy, he may stare while he imagines what it would be like to ask you out.

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Or, he might stare because he wants to learn more about you. While looking at you, he can pick up on your body language, facial expressions, and reactions.

On the other hand, we have creepy staring.

There’s a fine line between the good type and the bad, and that usually depends on whether you like the person or not.

Think about it, if it’s that cute guy you’ve been crushing on, you’ll take his stares as a compliment. If it’s a guy you find repulsive, you’ll probably resent the fact he can’t stop looking at you.

But with that in mind, if a guy keeps staring at you and it makes you uncomfortable, you should move away or ask him to stop. Especially if you have to work together.

Some guys don’t realize they’re doing it, but too much staring can become creepy.

3) He looks away when you catch him

Another surprising sign he likes you by the way he looks at you is if he quickly glances away when you catch him staring at you.

Why do guys do that?

There are a few possible reasons:

  • He’s shy or introverted
  • He doesn’t want to be “too forward”
  • He thinks you don’t like him back so he doesn’t want to embarrass himself
  • He was looking at you for another reason and doesn’t want to give you the wrong impression that he likes you

So, bar the last point on that list, if he looks at you and quickly looks away, there is a good chance he’s into you.

It could be that he’s nervous about keeping eye contact, and although he can’t help staring at you, he doesn’t want to make the situation awkward.

But equally, it could just be that he doesn’t realize he’s staring and that’s why he quickly looks away when you see him. Either way though, it’s a sign he likes what he sees!

4) His pupils dilate when he looks at you

This might not be the easiest sign to look out for – you’ll need to stare at his eyes for a good few seconds – but it’s a telling sign nonetheless.

Research has shown that when we see someone we’re attracted to, the chemicals dopamine and oxytocin are released into our system. These are often referred to as “happy hormones”.

They give us feel-good feelings, but that’s not all.

When these chemicals are released, it causes the pupils of the eyes to dilate.

So whilst you probably won’t want to get right up close and personal to check out the size of his pupils, if you get a chance to, check to see if they’re larger than usual!

5) You catch him smiling at the little things you do

This will depend on the situation you’re in – if it’s a guy who you pass on the street who gives you “the look” it might not apply to you.

But if it’s a guy you study or work with, or maybe a guy you’re friends with, you can easily identify this sign.

And it’s as simple as noting his facial expressions whenever you’re around.

Maybe he smiles whenever you’re talking, even if it isn’t to him, or you catch him grinning at you for no apparent reason at all.

The truth is, if he’s always got a cheeky smile whenever you’re around, it’s probably because you make him happy and he likes it.

He finds you cute, and he can’t help but show it.

When my partner and I first met, before we started dating, he used to smile whenever I laughed at something. It was adorable.

And it was also the ultimate signal to me that he liked me.

So if your guy can’t suppress his happiness whenever you’re around, it’s a safe bet he likes you!

6) He looks you up and down

I mentioned this briefly above – it’s a definite sign of lust.

When a guy looks you up and down, most likely he’s checking out your figure. Some women don’t appreciate this, and some guys definitely overdo it.

But if it’s a guy you’re into and you want him to like you back, this is a good start.

By taking you in with his eyes, he’s not only showing he finds you attractive, but he’s initiating his desire to talk to you or ask you out.

But there are other reasons why he might do this – he could be trying to decode your body language to know whether he should make a move or not.

Or…it’s just something about the way you walk and move your body. He’s captivated and he just can’t help but admire you in full form!

7) He looks flustered

Not every man is the smooth-talking Mr.Grey who hardly breaks into a sweat during the act of seduction.

Most guys feel nervous around a woman they like. They have the same reactions most women would have if we had to ask someone out.

So if you notice that his cheeks are flushed, he smiles anxiously, or he keeps biting his lips or fidgeting around, it’s a sign he probably likes you.

Now, even if you’ve had great eye contact and he seems self-assured, make no mistake that he could be on edge when you’re around.

He might stumble over his words, laugh for just a few seconds too long, or appear overwhelmed. This is normal. Especially if he’s a shy guy.

And if he’s got the confidence of Mr.Grey?

You might still notice his flushed cheeks and bright eyes. This will probably be more from excitement and anticipation than from nerves, but it’s still an impossible sign for him to hide!

8) He tilts his head when you speak

This is another telling sign he likes you by the way he looks at you – the classic head tilt.

You may have seen it in the movies, the guy longing after the girl he’s into, head slightly cocked to one side, a slight grin playing on their lips.

So why do guys do that when they like a girl?

Well, one reason is he’s showing you he’s listening to you. When you’re in a conversation and he leans forward, he’ll instinctively tilt his head to hear you better and show you you have his focus.

But it can also be a “come-hither” look displaying his lust and attraction toward you. His body is naturally reacting to your presence, inviting you into his space and making it clear you’ve caught his attention!

9) He raises his eyebrows at you

Do you notice him arching his eyebrows at you?

Maybe when you talk, he lifts just one of them in a flirty manner? Like he’s amused by the whole interaction…or you’ve said something insanely interesting and he can’t help but lift his eyebrow in surprise.

Another reason is that when we like something we see, we instinctively raise our eyebrows to open our eyes more. This way we can see our subject of attraction even better!

Some guys will even flash a quick double eyebrow raise as they pass you – if this is coupled with an intense dose of eye contact, you can be sure he likes you.

10) He blinks more than usual

And finally, a sign he likes you by the way he looks at you is if he blinks more than normal.

Now, I’m not saying you should count his blink rate per minute (no one has time for that) but you might casually pick up on it when you’re face to face for a few minutes.

You might not have been aware of this interesting fact, but our blink rate actually increases when we’re excited.

And that excitement can come from seeing someone attractive.

The average blink rate per minute is believed to be between 15-20. So if the guy you have in mind exceeds this when he’s looking at you, he’s either got something in his eye or he’s completely into you!

Final thoughts

Figuring out whether a guy likes you is no easy task, but hopefully, with these non-verbal signs, you’ll have a better idea the next time you see him around!

The truth is, the eyes never lie. So if he’s been giving you any of these signals, there’s a good chance he’s attracted to you.

The question is, do you feel the same way?

If so, be sure to send a few flirty looks of your own his way and see what happens!

Written by Kiran Athar

Kiran is a foodie, writer and traveler. She considers herself a citizen of the world, who gets her inspiration from the people she meets along her journeys. She's currently living in Spain, where she spends her time writing, watching the shepherds and eating tapas in the mountains of Andalucía.

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