You've probably heard of boob tape before, but if you're still not 100% clear on what it is, we got you covered! As the name implies, boob tape is a fabric tape specifically designed to hold your breasts in place. Since finding the right bra might get tiring and time consuming, boob tape can work as an amazing alternative.
Why Do We Love Boob Tape?
We have written about many different bras for different situations. It doesn't matter if you have a large or small chest, or wide set breasts, boob tape works for all. There are many reasons to love boob tape. Let's talk about some of them!
Rock Any Outfit
How many times have you tried a dress or a top that you LOVE, yet put back because you don’t have the right bra? You're not alone, a lot of us have had the same problem. Sometimes finding the right bra for a certain plunge-neck, deep V neck tops or backless dress can be a challenge. For situations like that boob tape is the answer!
Using boob tape is incredibly simple and easy. Not to mention surprisingly effective. This is exactly why the most fashion-forward stars like Kim Kardashian and Jessie J are taping their breasts. With boob tape, you don't have to worry about random stabs in your back, finding the right size bra or bra straps cutting into your skin. It not only looks flawless under any outfit, but will also make you forget about the issues that we have to deal with wearing a regular bra.
Still not sure if boob tape is the product for you? Then another great thing you should know about it is, that taping your breasts does not interfere with your usual glam-up routine since applying it takes practically no time. Not to mention, with boob tape you can achieve the look of more cleavage or naturally pushed up breasts.
What Boob Tape Should I Use?
There are many variations of tapes and multiple ways of applying them. First, let's take a look at the best boob tapes, and then move forward with all the different ways of applying them. As far as ‘what not to use’, extensive research tells us that duct tape is not our friend. So, steer clear of duct tape, ladies!
Sweat Proof Booby Tape
This is the go to boob tape for many women, and has been reviewed as one of the best in the market. It's made from cotton and is hypoallergenic, so it will feel nice against the skin and won't irritate it. Probably the best thing about it - it's waterproof and sweat proof. You don't have to worry about it lifting off while on the dance floor, or not sticking to your skin in hot weather. The reviews tell that it gives full support and works wonders on small chests as well as big breasts. It also can be used on any part of the body. This is a must have!
Using bra tape can be a lot for those who haven't tried it before. Fortunately, there are options for those who don't have the time to learn how to tape one, but still want to use one. This adhesive bra lifts, shapes and supports your breasts just like a regular bra would, only without the straps. While this is usually preferred for women with larger breasts, it comes in smaller sizes as well, and works perfectly for all. This product will feel gentle against your skin since it's hypoallergenic. Talking about skin, this is perfect for both - light, medium and dark skin ladies, since it comes in three colours. This boob tape dries quickly, and stays on even when you're swimming.
Breast Lift Tape Strips
This is perfect for women who are looking to lift their breasts, and don't want to use a tape that comes in a roll. This is especially perfect for travel, because it comes in 50 strips, and you won't need scissors to use it. This has been reviewed by a lot of women and is a must have! It's safe on skin, and won't cause irritation to your skin. It's double sided and doesn't leave any residue after removal.
Invisible Boob Tape
Sometimes it can be difficult to find a product that matches your skin, so choosing a clear tape may be the way to go. It gives invisible support and lifting effects. It's great for daily use. It comes together with nipple stickers. But be aware, this product may leave marks on your body.
As the headline suggests it's commonly used by athletes, and often applied by physical therapists to help with healing injuries. Athletic tape (or sports tape) is already made for direct application to skin so it's gentler for those with sensitive skin types. Though, don’t mistake it’s gentleness for weakness. Athletic tape will still hold up the girls! Moreover, if you are an athlete or occasionally prefer sports activities, this tape might come in handy for supporting your ankles while, for instance, playing soccer or basketball.
Double-Sided Apparel Tape
This tape is specifically made to close the gap between buttons on a top. This ensures your top doesn’t fly open and expose your breasts. It also works for any low-cut dresses that might be a little more revealing. This Fashion Tapes value pack contains 3 tins. In each tin, you will find 36 double-sided tapes that are medically proven to be harmless and gentle for those who struggle with sensitive skin problems. Thanks to the packaging, it is easy to carry around. Throw it in your bag for any boob tape or wardrobe emergencies.
How To Tape Your Breasts
When it comes to pretty much anything, in order for it to work you must do it properly. Using boob tape is no expectation. As we already mentioned, boob tape is easy to use, and very effective if applied correctly. It also depends on what kind of look you are trying to achieve. If you've never used one, don't sweat it, we are here to help!
Preparing your skin is really important. Make sure it's clean and dry. Definitely avoid using moisturiser or any oily products before you apply the tape. Otherwise the tape may not stick to your skin properly.
For Low-Cut Tops
If you are looking to wear a low-cut dress or a top, then this tutorial will come in handy. First, cut a strip of tape roughly 13 inches long, or simply measure the length from the bottom of your breast to the back of your shoulder. Start taping from the outside of your breasts. Lift each breast as you begin to tape from underneath, pulling the tape up toward the back of your shoulder. Repeat the process by adding more strips toward the middle of each breast to cover the nipple. Sculpt as you go, until it looks and feels right.
Be careful regarding your neckline. While applying the tape you might get carried away. You do not want anyone to notice you have sculptured your boobs with tape that might originally be used for fixing stuff around the house. To prevent this from happening, use one of the tapes we have listed above.
For Backless Tops
This time you will use the boob tape right below your breasts. Starting from the bottom, add each strip layer by layer until your breasts are secure. Using this approach, you can also slightly lift them as you’re applying the tape. When you’re finished, you should have perfectly covered breasts that will stay safe from nip-slips and free from unsightly straps.
For Strapless Tops
Finding the right bra for strapless tops can be really frustrating. A lot of the time it does not give any support or keeps sliding down. But not to worry - boob tape does the trick! Start by applying the tape under your breast, and pull it up upwards to give your cleavage a lifted look. Then apply the tape horizontally. Gently tug the side of your breast to the middle and tape it to the outside of the other. Always remember - to give your breasts a lifted look you tape it upwards, and to get more cleavage do it inwards.
SEE ALSO: Top 7 Best Strapless Bras That Stay Up
Removing the tape
Removing the tape is equally as important as applying it. Don't pull it off harshly! Most of the tapes will come off easily after a long day of having it on. Periods make skin become more sensitive, so in case you are menstruating use any body oil to help get the tape off. A mistake a lot of women tend to make is using water to get the tape off. Most of the tapes are waterproof, so adding water will only make it stick to your skin even more. Remember to be gentle!
Things To Be Aware Of…
Nowadays when it comes to pretty much anything there are things to be aware of. Although boob tape is an amazing alternative for a regular bra, there are some things you should take into account before using one.
1. It might feel weird at first
We all have different comfort levels, so it's no surprise that some women may not like the feeling of boob tape on. Some say they feel uncomfortable while others feel totally comfortable to spend a day, and perhaps a night dancing and sweating it off on the dance floor. In short, you must be willing to take an extra mile for this one... The more tape, the better lift and security!
2. Protect your skin and hair
If you opt to use a very sticky and strong tape, make sure to put your hair up in a bun while applying it. Usually stronger tape is the “go to” for women with saggier breasts. Make sure to not apply too much pressure on your shoulders to avoid stretching your skin. It's also worth mentioning that using really strong tape can eventually leave marks on for a couple of days.
3. Applying the tape too tight
The golden rule to go by is - less is more! The tape should not be applied too tight. Firstly, it will primarily lead to discomfort. Secondly, by doing so may restrict blood flow and a few hours can be enough to induce some form of internal injury. This is a rare scenario, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
4. Applying the tape too loosely
Don't be discouraged to apply the right pressure. Middle ground is the answer - not too tight and not too loose. By applying the tape loosely you may not achieve your desired look, and feel less-than fab all night. Another scenario is that the girls have a night out of their own when they’re supposed to be grounded! We don’t want either, especially the latter.
5. Skin irritation
As we mentioned before, it’s a great idea to do some patch testing. You can do this by cutting out a small piece of your chosen tape and applying it to your skin. The skin on your boobs is different from the skin on the outer parts of your body. Patch testing is highly suggested if you’re using gaffer tape or any other industrial tape. No problems should occur if you are using tapes designed with skin friendly materials.
6. Different tapes for different occasions
This is important! Check the temperature outside before going out with breast tape. If you’re getting ready in hot weather that’ll have you sweating, then opt for sweat-proof tape. In case it's pouring rain, you may choose waterproof tape.
Ready to tape?
If you've decided to give boob tape a try, we recommend testing it out before using it at any event. You don’t want to get stuck trying to make your boobs work while you’re supposed to be out the door. Put some time aside to practice taping your breasts so you can get the hang of it before the occasion. The more you practice, the better. Who knows, you might even pioneer your very own technique!
There you have it, gal pals. Happy taping!