What sort of tape to use
You can use surgical tape (also called medical tape), but not the paper kind as that usually has fairly weak adhesive and isn’t very flexible. You can also use sports strapping tape. Whatever you decide get something that is fairly wide and flexible (like the cloth tape), this will give a better result. Both of these options are good as they are products that are designed to go on your skin. A lot of people use duct tape but that is riskier if you have sensitive skin, also be careful not to buy one that has really strong glue as taking it off could be painful.
A breathable cloth tape will also be cooler and less likely to make you sweaty than plastic duct tape. Also watch out for whether it will be noisy, if you hug someone and your breasts squish a little a plasticy tape can make a crackly noise. Some tutorials mention masking tape but this isn’t a good idea, it’s usually not strong enough glue and its papery so it will be noisy and won’t flex well. The video tutorials linked to below all use duct tape but you don’t need to, use whatever you think will work best for you.
WARNING: Even if you use medical or strapping tape which is designed for use on skin, un-taping can be painful and even rip skin, so be careful.
Tips on taping your breasts
- If you want to hide the shape of your nipple as well you can use nipple covers. Or tape over your nipples as well but put something padded under (like cotton wool) it to hide the shape and so isn’t sticking to your actual nipple, just around it.
- Try to avoid having the tape stuck to the most sensitive parts of your skin (for example nipples). You can use gauze, cotton wool or fabric under the tape to protect these areas.
- It’s really easy to end up with bulges of breast and skin between pieces of tape. If you are going for a method that has gaps between the strips be careful not to pull your breasts too much when you are putting it on.
- It might be easier to have a friend do the taping rather than trying to do it by yourself. If there are two of you, you can hold your breasts where you want them while your friend tapes.