Cleavage enhancement is not new with records dating back to the 15th century or earlier when young girls needed push up devices to fill out the adult clothing of the times. Today small-breasted women typically use a variety of techniques to enhance their cleavage for special occasions or to suit the style of a low cut top or dress, examples being nightclub wear and formal dresses.
Cross dressers often want to create the illusion of female cleavage as part of making their body appear feminine. Many cross dressers believe that displaying a convincing cleavage will distract attention from flaws in their appearance and will improve their ability to pass.
Cleavage enhancement encompasses a range of techniques used temporarily to improve the appearance of a person’s breast cleavage or to create the illusion of breast cleavage on a person who has no such cleavage. This ranges from bras that lightly push the breasts together without any padding through a range of increasingly padded bras to techniques where chest skin is pulled towards the center to generate cleavage and completely artificial breasts, such as breast prostheses are added to cover the materials used to pull the skin and finally breast enhancement surgery.
Cleavage enhancement may also include the use of makeup to deepen the appearance of the cleavage and make the breasts either side of the cleavage appear more prominent.
So let’s look at each of the techniques. There is no one right method. It often just depends on the look you are trying to create, your body type, or your skills and often may include several techniques used together such as a cleavage creator bra, breast inserts, and makeup. Petriluge provides us an overview here and then he revisits his techniques to give us some updates here. However be sure to review the individual techniques below for more specific advice on each cleavage-enhancing method.
Following the techniques section is some solid fashion advice on what to wear to show off your new found décolletage to your best advantage.
Cleavage Enhancing Bras
Probably the most common is the push-up bra, the most well known being the Wonderbra. Their designs vary from an unpadded design which simply pushs the breasts towards each other through to moulded cup designs with either moulded pads or removeable pads in the bottom and outside to force the breast upwards and inwards.
Padding used in bras has been manufactured in a variety of styles, including sealed bags containing air, water or some form of liquid or gel, and from semi-rigid materials such as moulded polyurethane foam rubber. Similiar to the removable pads are falsies often sold with some push-up bras. Falsies made from silicone gel are also sometimes referred to colloquially as chicken fillets.
Home-Made Breast Forms.
One off-take on padding is the homemade breast form made from plastic pellets or birdseed (as fillers) using plastic bags and nylons to shape the size and configuration of the form. My first forms were made this way using plastic pellets and they sufficed until I was able to afford the more realistic silicone forms. One enterprising young crossdresser, with many videos on YouTube, has even used clay or putty to make her forms
Skin Pulling Techniques
Various methods are used to pull loose skin from the front of each breast towards the centre to create two vertical bulges imitating natural cleavage. Often breast forms and a mastectomy bra are then worn outside those skin bulges such that only the inside edges of those bulges are visible past the bra, top or dress.
Taping involves the use of some form of adhesive tape applied towards the bottom of the breasts to pull them together and is particularly effecive if you have excess skin tissue. Although a variety of tapes may be used such as surgical micropore tape, athletic tape or even a strip of moleskin, the most highly recommended tape is Gorilla duct tape across the chest under the breasts with tape at the ends to hold it in place. Listen to Karen Forecox as she explains how to use duct tape to create cleavage. Care is necessary though as use of the wrong techniques or tape with too strong an adhesive can cause injuries such as rashes, blisters, and skin being torn off.
Under-bras are commercially manufactured garments designed to pull the skin towards the centre. These garments look somewhat like a conventional bra, having a band and shoulder straps like a bra. As with other designs, breast forms and a bra are worn over the garment to complete the illusion of breasts. One disadvantage of these designs is that, with a bra over the top, there are two pairs of bra straps and two underbust bands that can potentially look like the person is wearing two bras. The design of these garments limits clothing styles to those that will adequately cover the straps, preventing, for example, the use of halterneck garments. There are several types available if you choose to pursue this type of cleavage creator.
Adhesive Gel Bra
Adhesive gel bras consist of two shaped silicon gel filled bra cups that stick to the skin of the breast using built-in re-usable adhesive, then clip together to pull the breasts together. The most notable of this type, and my personal favorite, is the Nu-Bra which actually does wotk very well. But you need to prepare your skin well. Watch this brief video to learn all the details. However, Beware, there are many knockoffs on the market that while cheap, will not give you the quality or the longevity of the original product.
Many pre-op transwomen and crossdressing males use breast prostheses to create the illusion of feminine breasts. They are sometimes combined with cleavage enhancement techniques discussed herein. Most quality breast forms are made of silicone, although satisfactory results can also be achieved with foam inserts
Non-customised prostheses are made of different shapes to suit the extent of breast tissue available or the shape of a crossdresser’s chest. Asymmetric breast forms incorporate an extension towards the armpit to replicate the shape of the tail of Spence, while symmetric “triangle” or “teardrop” prostheses do not incorporate that extension. Customised prostheses will mirror the other breast.
Full Frontal Cleavage Tops
Full frontal Cleavage Tops are also available, mainly marketed to the Transgender community. They incorporate a pair of breast prostheses in a one-piece skin coloured garment that is designed to provide the illusion of natural cleavage. Such garments have the disadvantage of having a visible top edge at the neck, which requires the wearing of a choker or similar necklace to hide the top edge of the garment. The edges of the breast prostheses are often distinguishable through the thin outer cover.
Breast Makeup Techniques
Makeup is very effective in creating the illusion of breasts and particularly so when used in conjunction with any of the above techniques. This is achieved by using shading techniques so the breasts look fuller while the middle of the cleavage is made to look deeper by using a darker makeup color than the base color of the skin. Sometimes, the darker shade is extended in a Y shape to add further emphasis to the roundness of the top of the breasts.
Here’s a short video combining some of these techniques that hopefully will help you achieve that “they can’t get their eyes above your chest” look.
Cleavage Enhancement Mistakes
Cleavage enhancement techniques do not always give the desired results. Using a skin pulling technique and pulling the skin too tightly or wearing a bra that is too small in the cup size will create excessive bulges either side of the cleavage, which will look obviously pushed out of shape.
Either pulling the skin too little or showing too much of the peaks of the bulges created by a skin pulling technique may cause the curvature of the cleavage to be visibly different from the curve that would exist for real breasts of the same size. The parts of the breasts visible in the cleavage will appear to curve away in a manner that does not line up with the rest of the breasts.
Excessive or poorly applied makeup may look obviously false and may detract from an otherwise effective cleavage illusion.
Always flatter your rack
Or your never too old to be sexy. Regardless of size, your success at putting your best breasts forward is ultimately determined by your clothing.
Here’s how to gussy up your girls:
For big boobs:
• V-necklines will open up the décolletage and elongate your neck.
• Look for seaming on tops that emphasis your waist.
• Wrap dresses help create an hourglass shape. Add a cami underneath for more coverage
• .Wear necklaces that hang above the cleavage or down by your midriff.
• Avoid square necklines
For small boobs:
• Pleating, gathering or beading at the bust will provide a fuller look.
• Wrap dresses create a flattering shape for petite and larger chests.
• Achieve a sexy look with a low-cut fitted top draped with necklaces – beads, chains, pearls, the works – and paired with jeans.
• Wear a well-fitting bra.
• Consider a minimizer if you are particularly well-endowed.
And remember, when women get a good-fitting bra, they look better in their clothes. Select a bra that separates and supports your breasts. When you have larger breasts, they’re moving all the time. It gives you the support you need and makes you feel more secure.and don’t be afraid to wear a top that shows off your décolletage. A sheer or lacy camisole adds a sexy detail that also camouflages less than perfect skin.