While I’m a firm believer in exercising and eating well to keep yourself in good shape generally, I’m certainly not against a little bit of help from time to time.
And one of those times is when I want to wear a dress or top that’s backless, strapless, halterneck or just a bit of a snug fit. I’m sure you’re familiar with that feeling – when you know wearing a bra is not an option, but you’re not quite confident enough to completely hang free.
Thankfully, there are some great little inventions called Liftits, or Bare Lifts, that I’ve been using for a couple of years now which I think are absolutely brilliant. And if you’ve not heard of them or used them yet, I’m really happy to be bringing these absolute gems to your attention.
The first time I used these I was really sceptical because they look so flimsy. Essentially, they are shaped pieces of clear, sticky, thin material that you stick on each boob individually, and they not only hold them in place for a good few hours, but they also give a good lift. A breast lift in seconds – what more could a girl want?
This is how they work: The backing on each Liftit peels off in two sections. You peel off the first section – the bottom half of the Liftit – which is shaped to go around the top of your nipple. Stick it on and give it a good press down once it’s in place. Then I like to leave it a minute or so for the adhesive to take.
The second part is the tricky bit, but actually after doing it a couple of times it’s really easy. Peel off the upper part of the backing paper but don’t stick the Liftit down just yet. Then lift your boob by supporting underneath with one hand, and with the other pull the top of the Liftit up and quickly stick down in situ. Give this bit a firm press down onto your skin too so it sticks well.
The art of getting these to work is not being afraid to give each boob a good push up as you stick the top half of the Liftit down. You need to push your boob up to what you think is a ridiculously high position as it will then be about right when you let go and it settles in place. You are essentially folding the soft fleshiness of your boob up and over itself. It sounds complicated but it really isn’t; think of it as a kind of upside down bra, because you’re pulling your boob upwards, rather than having it pushed up.
I’m a C cup and feel totally confident wearing these, so I think you could potentially get away with these up to a D. One thing worth mentioning is to apply these to clean skin with no moisturiser or oil on, otherwise they won’t stick well.
The results are brilliant and you cannot see the Liftits through your clothing so no-one’s any the wiser – they just think you’ve got great tits! Finish with nipple covers and you’re away.
Do be careful peeling these off. The fact they’re really adhesive is great while you’re wearing them but there can be a massive ouch factor when you come to remove them. Hold your boob down with one hand so your skin’s pressed down and taught, and peel the Liftit away carefully and slowly with the other.
And while I have been calling these amazing creations ‘Liftits’ throughout this post, I don’t seem to be able to find this specific brand to buy anywhere now (they were from ASOS originally), but it is still the best name for them! The difference between some of the brands is the fabric as some of the cheaper ones have more of a plastic-y texture and don’t feel quite as comfortable – but they’re so cheap to buy you can try a few different ones and find the ones that suit you best.
Try Bare Lifts at Amazon, five pairs for £1.30 (yes, really!) or Instant Breast Lift Up Tape, £4.49 for six pairs, also at Amazon. My favourite nipple covers are these thin ones (am I really admitting to this in public?!) but there are many variations to choose from.
Don’t forget though, there are loads of great exercises to do to keep your muscles toned for good, natural lift, and always wear a good sports bra when you’re exercising to avoid damage to the Cooper’s ligaments that support your breasts. And please have a read of my post Going for a run? Remember your two best friends, if you’d like a bit more info on the best sports bra (I think) there is.