First, let’s start off by saying this: there is absolutely nothing wrong with a flat chest, remember that from Audrey Hepburn to Keira Knightley, some of the most beautiful women of the past and present have turned heads without cleavage.
But in spite of the a-cup revolution, cleavage still makes a woman look and feel sexy. Curves help us look and fit better in our clothes and give us a more womanly appearance. Here are our tips for sexy cleavage (and none of them involve padding, stuffing or surgery!).
1. Choose the Right Dress Shape
A top that’s too revealing will give away your real size, no matter what else you do to accentuate your chest, so don’t choose something too low-cut. At the same time, you don’t want to choose a top that hugs to tight to your chest, squishing your assets into invisibility. What do you want in a top? Underwire, V-neck cuts, structured cups and sweetheart necklines.
Eyelet Corset Play Dress, $68, Victoria’s Secret
Heritage V-Neck Tank, $67, Banana Republic
2. Countour with Bronzer
Don a push-up bra in order to set your boobs in the perfect position. Then, grab a soft powder brush plus two bronzers — one that’s darker than your skin, and another that’s lighter and shimmery. Starting where your bra strap meets the cup, sweep the dark bronzer along the highest points of one natural curve, then down the inner edge of your cleavage. Now brush the light bronzer down the middle of your cleavage. The shade will catch light and create depth in your crease, making cups look fuller. Sweep it across your collarbone too.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer, $12.49, Drugstore.com
3. Take a Short Cut
Okay, so you have a life, which means you don’t have time to contour every day. So on your casual days, cut your cleavage-creating regimen to one step and dust on a shimmery bronzer. The shimmer draws the eye up, so boobs seem to sit higher, and even a little bronzer defines what curves you have.
4. Twist and Cinch
Don’t feel like springing for a brand-new bra? Tweak your current one. Try twisting the fabric between the cups of your bra before slipping into it; this extra twist pitches the cups toward each other, enhancing cleavage. Or slip a safety pin or flat ribbon around the straps in the back, pulling them close together (think: racerback). Doing so pulls cups together in front, resulting in great cleavage.
5. Posture, Posture, Posture
Slumping over is not flattering for your figure, so shoulders back and chest out, even if you’re less than proud of your cup size. This is important for the long-term, too. Muscles in the front of the shoulders and chest become chronically shortened in people who spend a lot of time slouching (as in when working on a computer), resulting in a saggy appearance at the front. But you can reverse this while at the office. Several times a day, throw caution to the wind when it comes to work colleagues, sit up straight and lift your chest. Imagine that you are trying to hold a tennis ball between your shoulder blades. Hold this position for 5-10 deep breaths, or as long as possible. Building those muscles will make breasts look bigger.