Breast lift tape

Breast lift tape are specially shaped pieces of tape that are designed to lift your breasts when you are going braless. They go on the tops of your breasts and lift up instead of supporting from underneath. They’re useful for outfits where you wouldn’t be able to wear a normal bra but still want some support and lift.

You can get them to fit a full range of sizes, so if you have larger breasts and have found other adhesive bras too small then give these a go.


They’re available in some lingerie stores, if they have them it should be with bra accessories (extenders, extra straps etc). There are a lot of cheap versions in the market now so be careful what you buy as some can cause irritation or even rip your skin. It’s a good idea to either go for a brand you trust or make sure to check customer reviews before buying. Bye Bra use 3M adhesives for their breast lift tapes (3M are a well respected brand for adhesives, including on surgical tape).

An adhesive breast lift tape, trim to size. Photo source: Bye Bra
An adhesive breast lift tape, trim to size. Photo source: Bye Bra

The tape often comes with nipple shields to hide the shape of your nipple through your clothes, if they don’t you can get separate nipple covers.

They will come with instructions on the pack, each product will be slightly different but if you want to see how they work watch this video of a woman using breast lift tape (note: you have to sign in to watch the video, it’s age restricted as it shows bare breasts).

DIY breast lift tape

If you need something urgently and don’t have the time or the money to buy them you can use medical tape to make your own version, see breast taping for more information.

Adhesive advice

  • Don’t apply over broken, damaged or sun-burned skin.
  • If you are worried you will have a reaction to the adhesive do a patch test first by using a small piece on yourself. The inside of your arm is a good place as it isn’t hairy so won’t hurt as much when you take it off.
  • Don’t use moisturisers or powders on the area before you apply it, they will make it harder for it to stick to your skin.
  • Adhesives can come loose if you are sweating a lot. Try to avoid using them if this will be a problem, or make sure the adhesive is in an area where you don’t sweat much.
  • Clean and dry the skin before sticking anything to it, wiping with rubbing alcohol will help remove oils and dirt.
  • Have a hot shower or soak in the bath if you are having trouble getting it off.
  • If you have sticky residue left on your skin after removal you can get rid of it by using some baby oil on cotton wool and rubbing gently. Solvents like nail polish remover will work too but they aren’t as gentle on your skin.