Surgery isn’t the only way to achieving perky boobs, exercise can assist in defeating gravity, and aesthetic hacks such as throwing in a little light and shade on your cleavage with makeup could prove useful especially when you’re in need of an urgent transformation for an outfit. But remember: no exercise or hack will give you a permanent result unless you’re consistent.
What you can do right now?
In search of an instant result? Then look around your house. There’s a possibility that you already have what you need for these hacks
- Makeup hacks
Makeup could help you create the desired lift effect without spending so much on surgery. A dark bronzer could add a cup size or more while a pearly body cream could make you cleavage more visible.
For a natural, lighter lift: a SHIMMERING HIGHLIGHTER can make your boobs appear perkier and fuller, but not dramatically so. Put a little amount of PEARLY CREAM on your pointer and index fingers and apply on the inside of your breasts. The shimmer will help your cleavage pop out subtly especially in a low neckline.
For a more drastic lift: you can give off an illusion of bigger breast by creating shadows using a dark contour. Outline the top and inside of your breast using a contour stick that is a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, also draw lines on the top and bottom of both your collarbones. Trace all the lines using a matte highlighting stick and then blend using a quick, circular motion.
- Bra hacks
For sure, bras are great for retraining your boobs from bouncing a little too much. But if you play your cards right, they could also give your breasts some oomph.
Bra stack: bra stacking is a stylish trick that can make your boobs appear perkier and more prominent. And it’s simple; just put on two bras. You might feel uncomfortable at first, but with time you’ll get used to it. You’ll need two different sizes of bras. One that’s your regular size and another that’s bigger by a cup size. The larger bra should be worn over the first, smaller one.
DIY racerback bra: you can transform your regular bra into a racerback bra to give your boobs some lift. All you need to do is take your straps and pin them back. You can use a specially designed clip, short velcro strip or paper clip to hold your bra straps together. Pin the strip or clip at the middle or top of your back, depending on how dramatic you want your lift to appear.
Sock stuffing: filling your bra with a pair of socks can significantly boost your cleavage. Fold each sock and place them underneath the outside of your breasts. You can use any type of socks, but different sizes will produce different lifts. A small size will create a subtle lift, while a larger sock will give you a big boost.
Whichever you choose, say no to tissue!
- Choose your outfit wisely
Want perky boobs without much effort? Turn to your closet. Outfits with V-necks, sweetheart necklines or plunging are best for giving the illusion of perkiness and showcasing your cleavage. A great thing about this trick is that you can combine it with other hacks for the maximum desired effect.
What You Can Do After a Trip to the Mall?
You may need to pay a visit or two to a department or lingerie store for these tricks, but they will produce instant results.
You can use sports tape, gaffer tape or specially designed tapes to enhance your cleavage when you want to go braless. (Whatever you do, stay away from duct tape!). Gaffer tape has a firm grip but may cause skin irritation. Sports tape is an excellent alternative if you’re experiencing reactions.
There are two ways to tape your boobs.
For backless or strapless shirts or dresses: Cut a strip of tape long enough to reach the outside of one breast to the other. Slightly lift your boobs and beginning from the bottom, tape across your breasts. Apply more strips of tape moving upward until your nipples aren’t visible and your boobs are covered.
For deep V-neck shirts or dresses: Cut a strip of tape long enough to reach from the top of your shoulder to underneath your breast. Lift your breast to the desired height and apply the tape beginning from the bottom of your breast. Add more layers of tape while moving inward.
If you aren’t a fan of sock stuffing and want to try something more natural, cutlets are the best option. Cutlets are water- or silicone-filled inserts that you slip inside your bra to create perkiness and cleavage right away. Place your cutlets on each side of your bra close to the outside of your boobs. If you want your boobs to appear larger place your cutlets right underneath your breasts.
- Get fitted
A 2008 study discovered that more than 80 percent of women wear the wrong bra size. A well-fitted bra gives you the most support, maintaining a perky shape and lifting your boobs.
You should get fitted at least once a year by a professional to know your correct bra size. (Most lingerie and department stores offer free fitting sessions to customers). Make sure you speak to your specialist about your breast shape. Whether your boobs are asymmetrical, round or have a little sag will influence the type of bra you purchase.
When shopping, consider the following:
Balconette bras create lift not squish. A balconette bra pushes your boobs upward without squishing it, resulting in more volume and cleavage.
Front-close bras can enhance cleavage. A front-close bra with a moulded cup will bring your boobs closer together, giving them a lift and boosting cleavage.
Larger busts need support. Bras that have wider straps, underwire, a full coverage cup and a wider back band will give you the lift you need and support you want.
- Invest in a pushup bra
Push-up bras fit all breast types so adding one to your bra collection is an absolute must. A push-up will provide adequate lift and support; enhancing your cleavage and making your boobs appear fuller.
Want to add one to your collection? Try these two on for size
Maidenform Women’s Love the Lift Pushup: This pushup is made of lace and has a deep plunge neckline and is heavily padded, providing the ultimate lift for a natural-looking enhancement to your cleavage.
Jezebel’s Amanda Pushup: this pushup bra has a plunging neckline with light padding to give you a dramatic-looking cleavage.
What you can do over the long-term
Not every perky boobs trick provides an instant fix. These are some things you have to do continuously and over a long period to see results, most of which last longer.
Hydrotherapy is a great way to boost circulation in your boobs. Anecdotal evidence suggests that hydrotherapy may increase overall blood flow and awaken nerves, which could improve boobs perkiness.
At least once a day, you should;
- (preferably after your shower) Rinse your breasts with warm water for about one minute.
- change to cold water and rinse your breasts again with cool water for about 30 seconds
- Massage your breasts
Massaging your breasts is another excellent way to enhance circulation in the breasts. Anecdotal evidence claims that massaging your boobs may stimulate collagen production and improve blood flow, which could add some lift by promoting tissue growth and tightening muscles.
How to massage your breasts?
- Cup one hand on the top of your opposite breast.
- Gently squeeze the area in a rhythmic pumping motion.
- Gradually move your hand from the top of the breast downward.
- Gradually massage around the bottom, outside and inner part of your boobs using the same pumping motion.
- Targeted exercises
Exercises that focus on the upper body will help improve your posture and strengthen your chest muscles, and in turn, make your breasts look perkier.
Plank-ups: Begin in a push-up position with your arms under your shoulder, and your legs directly stretched out behind. Squeeze the glute and thigh muscles to keep your legs and body in a straight line, and then bend your elbows, so they rest on the mat one elbow at a time. From this elbow spot, press your hand on the mat one at a time to go back to the push-up position.
Other chest-targeted exercises include; chest-fly, plank ups and chest presses. These exercises (especially chest presses) will help to give your bust some lift. You could use 5- or 10-pound dumbbells with each exercise to add more tone.
- Practice proper posture
Practising good posture does not only keep your body in alignment, but it also helps to accentuate your bust by portraying an illusion of lift.
To practice proper posture, you should:
- Avoid standing or sitting in the same spot for extended periods
- When sitting, keep your feet planted on a footrest or the floor.
- Strand straight while pulling your shoulders backwards and slightly bending your knees.
- Eat a healthy diet
Studies reveal that a nutrient-packed diet will assist in maintaining healthy breast tissue which can keep your boobs perky and firm.
To give your breasts some oomph, eat;
- More eggs and avocado to increase the monounsaturated fat to enhance breast tissue growth.
- More fish, nuts, pumpkin seeds and soybeans to up omega-3 fatty acids.
- More high-antioxidant foods like; whole grains, watermelon, kale, cabbage and broccoli, to maintain healthy tissue.
- Maintain healthy weight
A slimmer waist will emphasise your bust because the proportion of your waist from your breasts is more defined. Eat a diet filled with vegetables and fruits. Also, to maintain a healthy weight, exercise up to 30 minutes for at least four days a week.
Meanwhile, Shapewear can accentuate your natural curves and giving your bust some oomph.
The bottom line
You don’t have to undergo surgery to give your breasts a lift. There are a lot of quick hacks that can yield a similar result. But some of these tricks – such as bra stacking and boob taping – may cause discomfort, so they shouldn’t be an everyday practice. If you’re in need of something that is longer lasting, try focusing on exercise routines, diet change and maybe even consider going under the knife.