“I, like every female, am ashamed of my breast size.”
I came across the above quote when searching for customer reviews of Naturaful, a breast enhancement cream.
Between you and me, I’d reckon the review is a fake. Not because it matches any of the signs we’ve shared in hopes of helping readers recognize scam reviews. But because, as you can read in our review, there’s zero scientific evidence that the stuff works—or any other product, be it a supplement or cream, that claims to make your boobs bigger. (You can also read evidence of Naturaful using similarly scammy tactics in additional advertisements.)
So, why do companies continue to make breast-enhancement products if there’s no evidence that they work?
Because, as cringeworthy as the quoted statement is, there’s a ring of truth to it.
Considering that breasts develop during puberty, or, as I like to call those years, The Gauntlet of Shame, it’s likely that every female has experienced negative thoughts about the size of her bosom.
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Still, like an adorable gap in your front teeth or a stately schnozz, most of us grow up to embrace these less-than-standard aspects of ourselves as what makes us uniquely beautiful. (Or, at least, we try to.)
The difference between concerns about breast size and other body parts that plague our self-image is that those with gappy front teeth can look up to Madonna while those with high noses are now told they're en vogue.
But, even though there are a few champions of a flatter chest (Keira Knightley for the win!), women are still bombarded by images proving that even their celebrity idols aren’t safe from post-production boob jobs.
Basically, it’s not since the roaring twenties that beauty trends have been kind to the less-endowed. What’s all the fuss about bigger busts?
Why We Treasure Chests
The sentiment that larger breasts are better boils down to the idea that they’re preferred by the opposite sex. A theory that a few brave scientists have ventured to support:
- French researchers fitted women with various size padded bras and then sent them to cafés where they sat alone. As bra size increased, so did the number of men who approached them.
- New Zealand researchers used eye-tracking technology to assess how men viewed women with various-size breasts. While small boobs attracted and held some men’s attention, most men gazed at the women with medium to large breasts. (Many women complain that men talk to their breasts, not to their faces.)
Even though we might have an idea that bigger breasts are currently preferred, scientists still aren’t sure why.
We do know that Paleolithic cave art dating back 35,000 years portrays naked women with enormous hips and breasts. Perhaps that’s prehistoric porn, or maybe it has to do with reproductive fitness. Either way, our best guess is that evolution seems to have primed men to believe that women with larger breasts are a better reproductive bet.
However, bigger wasn’t always better.
Now that we’re not in danger of starving, society's ongoing obsession with breasts might be considered bizarre. But, what’s even stranger is that they're the only body part that can go out of style.
For instance, the big-breasted silhouette that we find attractive today wasn’t always desirable. It was considered low-class in the 16th century. Again in the aforementioned 1920’s—and there are hints that preference of zeppelin-sized breasts are about to crash again. (More on that later.)
Society’s ideals aside, sometimes size matters because of personal preference. After all, it would be a disservice to the 500,000+ American women who go through the augmentation process each year to insinuate that they’re doing so because of someone else’s idea of pretty.
As we mentioned earlier, companies like Naturaful and Miracle Bust continue shilling their snake oil because there’s a market.
Are there any options for increasing your bust size short of going under the knife?
4 Ways To Make Your Boobs Look Bigger
Whether you wear a double-A or double-D cup is partly due to your genes, and the only way to make them bigger sans-bra is surgery. However, there are a few tricks to enhancing your natural endowments:
1. Practice good posture.
This is literally the easiest tip ever to make your boobs look bigger. Stand up straight, push your shoulders back, hold your head up, and push your chest out. BAM. Practicing perfect posture not only makes your breasts look bigger, but you also gain height and help your back, too.
2. Contour your cleavage like a Kardashian.
Anyone who’s seen RuPaul knows that a bit of bronzer can take even the manliest pecs to new peaks.
Image via Buzzfeed
Be warned, this method takes a practiced hand. (Heck, I still can’t contour my cheeks without looking like I just lost a mud fight.) However, thanks to Buzzfeed’s interview with New York-based drag queen, Scarlet Envy, you can learn how to make big boobs out of nothing from the best.
All you need to make Mounds of your Almond Joys is a blendable makeup darker than your natural skin color, a highlighter, some blending brushes, and a ready excuse not to hug anyone too tightly.
How to work it?
- Put on your bra (a push-up is great for this situation) and, if possible, get dressed. Protect the top edge of your shirt or dress by tucking in a facial tissue or even a little toilet paper.
- Apply the darker color (bronzer or powder) in the area down the middle of your chest, between your breasts. Blend the color upward and outward, creating a V-shape and along the natural curve of the breast.
- Take a lighter color of face powder or eyeshadow, such as white or light gold, and put on the top half of your breasts. Don't use too much, and avoid powders that are too shimmery. Blend well with a makeup sponge.
- Check in the mirror and see if your breasts look ample enough. If not, add more dark color in the center to build and deepen the color. However, when in doubt, go with less makeup enhancement rather than more.
If you’re a contouring newbie like me, you might find the below video extra helpful:
3. Work out your pecs.
When I was a teen, a friend’s mom overheard my dreams of bustier proportions and told me of an exercise that could help increase my bust. I can’t find an image online, but maybe you remember it—elbows bent like chicken wings, pumping back and forth, back and forth?
After about a day I of awkwardly convulsing my skinny arms, I realized it wasn’t doing my 13-year-old chest any good.
That's because, of course, there's not one iota of muscle tissue in human breasts. They're made up of fat, milk ducts, and lobules, connective tissue, lymph nodes, and blood vessels—none of which respond to being “trained.”
However, you can develop the muscles that lie behind your ladies—your pectoralis major and minor—with pressing exercises.
Cosmopolitan details how in “10 Exercises That Make Your Breasts Look Bigger,” along with gifs demonstrating the right way to do each movement. Or, if you’re lazy like me, just check out the video below:
A bonus to working out? Losing weight around your middle helps boobs look bigger in comparison.
4. Dress to accentuate your chest.
Many women automatically go to the tightest item possible when attempting to create curves. However, bodycon dresses aren’t always appropriate and thick belts can be uncomfortable—what to do?
First things first: You need to make sure you're wearing the right bra.
Unlined, underwire-free bras may be more comfortable, but if you want to create curves, you're going to need to wear a bra that enhances and shapes your chest as well as supports it. That means an underwire, a good lining, and possibly even some padding.
Now that you've got your bra sorted out, here's what you need to do:
1. Shop your own closet and head to the tailor. You want your clothes to hug your curves, not just hang off of them, and a little tailoring can go a long way to making boxy tops more figure-flattering and at minimal expense.
You can also have darts put in the back of your button-downs so they only button up part way and then lie open across your chest. You won't ever be able to close them all the way, but you can always layer a nice camisole underneath if you need to be more covered up. It's a trick costume designers use on TV shows a lot, and it really works.
2. Use color blocking to create the illusion of a curvier shape. Look for color block tops with side panels that taper in toward the waist. At a glance, all you'll notice is the middle panel, and everything on the sides will sort of fade away.
Image via Ann Taylor
3. Choose lower necklines. The problem with high necklines is that straight on they can look like a solid block of color and make you look boxier. Lower neckline, especially deep Vs, are better because they break up the area and draw attention up toward your face.
4. Try off-the-shoulder tops. Drawing a horizontal line across your chest and arms with an off-the-shoulder top helps emphasize the widest part of your body, making your waist look smaller by comparison. When worn with a flared or A-line skirt, it creates a perfectly balanced hourglass shape that's more dramatic and more comfortable than anything you're likely to achieve with some skintight bodycon bandage dress.
Another Option? Stop Giving a Hoot & Enjoy What You Have
Remember when we mentioned that big boobs weren’t always the preferred shape? Our preferences aren’t all from the Paleolithic era—there’s evidence that the increasing obesity epidemic is making the smaller chests that accompany a slender figure the silhouette of du jour.
Further, The Telegraph recently published an article titled, “The era of big plastic boobs is finally coming to an end - but why?” which points the finger at everything from porn to advertisements in who’s to blame for the era in which big boobs were everywhere before stating:
“The way forward is to have diversity and to realize that women are one of the only mammals to come in such a wide range of shapes and sizes. We have to accept them all.”
Are small breasts really about to become “fashionable”? Perhaps, though in a society that loves excess it’s hard to imagine that large breasts, and fake ones at that, will become entirely passé.
The tips we’ve shared are great for perking up your look. However, what can’t be contoured with makeup is the divisive attitude that bigger or smaller is better than the other.
Bottom line: Anyone who’s stared into their own cleavage can attest that breasts in all their sizes and shapes are pretty great. Ultimately, more important than what’s considered “hot” is avoiding judgment and creating a culture that considers each woman’s personal take on their own pair.
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