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How to Create Cleavage

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The women on our best celebrity cleavage list distract us with their chest-enhancing outfits so often, we’d almost assume their boobs just innately look that defined. But Sofia Vergara and Blake Lively have stylists, makeup artists and an arsenal of products at their disposal, and we're sure they use them to make their assets look their very best.

Rather than get wrapped up in the unfairness, we'll just steal their tips and tricks instead. For those less endowed, less perky, whatever, here's a road map to cleavage of the hard-earned variety. Like Cameron Diaz at the Oscars after party this year. She's famously joked about her small boobs before, but uh...

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The Shortcuts

Let's start with obvious. You want cleavage, you stuff your bra: it works. This handy kit has fillers with a surprisingly lifelike consistency (creepy, but true), and double stick tape that will help it all stay put.

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The Bra

Good push-up bras should be padded mostly on the bottom and sides of the cups, but not the top of the bra cup. That part should just be very lightly lined so the lip of the bra won't stick out.

Also, the straps are just as important as the cups: look for ones that cross in the back, to create a motion that pulls your boobs together.

 

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The Extras

Get one of these so you can convert the bras you already own to boob-enhancers.

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The Bra

If padded push-ups aren't your thing, look for a sporty, stretchy bra instead— but go a size down from normal. It'll push your boobs up and outwards, while applying even pressure that's not too uncomfortable. Just make sure the bra has a low enough neckline so you can show off the effect (super-conservative sports bras won't work).

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The Makeup

Both dark bronzer and light shimmer powders work as cleavage enchancers: either sweep shimmer in a T shape between your boobs and below your collarbone, or contour your boobs by adding a little (subtle) dark powder between them. Or do both—just make sure you blend.

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The Clothes

Even if they don't physically do anything, clothes can help too, via optical illusion. Sweetheart necklines like this make boobs look a little fuller. Ruffles and tiers of fabric around the neckline help, too. Avoid dart details at the sides of the chest (a definite flattener) and straight across, horizontal necklines. Opt for a slight v-neck instead.

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