My Favorite Nipple Concealers
Girls, Dim Your Headlights
I’ve been talking about breasts quite a bit lately in my real life. And because I am sharing my journey about breast implants, breast implant illness, and breast implant removal for anyone to see, you might be surprised by the fact that I’m actually quite modest when it comes to my breasts. Specifically, nipple show-through. Maybe it’s because I’ve been leading with some pretty large ladies that call plenty of attention themselves, nipple modesty is of the utmost importance to me.
Today, I’m sharing my favorite nipple concealers with you. I’ve worn them for years to keep certain “feelings” my own little secret. If I’m cold or excited, or the girls are working independent of my guidance, it’s nobody’s business but my own.
So Much Boobie Talk
I’ve told you that I’ve had breast implants and several surgeries following. My breasts are actually pretty clinical to me at this stage of the game. I talk about them openly and have of course shared them (covered) here. However, I still have a certain level of comfortability and modesty when it comes to trying to dress the girls down.
I once heard Cathy Lee Gifford address nipple show through something like this, ‘We all have nipples, get over it.’ This is very true. Unless you’ve had a mastectomy or an unfortunate beaver biting your nipple off accident like a Jeff Foxworthy joke tells, we ALL have nipples, male and female alike. But we are a visual and sexual creation and outside of breastfeeding, we most likely see nipples in a sexual way.
I like to think I’m typical, but maybe I’m just weird or a pervert, but when I see nipple protrusion through clothing, ala Farrah Fawcett’s red bathing suit days, it’s like a train wreck, I can’t look away. I’m not just talking about seeing nipples while wearing a swimsuit either. On the contrary, this mostly applies to everyday clothing.
Keep It in Your… Bra!
If you’re a bigger busted lady like myself, a padded bra is often not the choice we want to make in order to pad against show through. If you’re a smaller chested woman, you may have instances when you don’t even have to wear a bra but would still like some modesty that is a bit more upscale than Band-Aids.
I actually once attended a wedding and during the rice throwing portion of the event saw straight through a young ladies top to the Band-Aids she had placed over her nipples to try and conceal them. It was hard to ignore that too. Maybe I am a weirdo? Or maybe I’m just human.
If we want to be taken seriously in our day to day lives, whether dealing with men or women, we’ve got keep those nipples from stealing the show. So without further ado, here are my favorite, tried and true nipple concealers to offer us a bit of nipple modesty.
Concealers Aren’t Just For Under Eye Circles
My Favorite Nipple Concealers
I LOVE these Nippie Skins nipple shields. They come in color choices including this caramel color and coco as well. These silicone discs are self-adhering and are very thin. They will hide MOST nipple show through but if you have extra-large (protruding) or strong nipples you may still have a bit of an outline. I find them enough for me. You’ll likely forget you’re wearing them, I know I have.
Runner Up to Dim Them Down
DimR’s, pronounced Dimmers, are the runner-up. Plus, I love the name. Dim those headlights! They are a bit thicker than the Nippie Skins. They are not overly thick but will give you a bit more coverage because of the thickness alone. They are my second choice because I do find that they can give your breast’s areola a bit of a strange shape IF your bra or top isn’t fitted enough to press them down into place.
These are both reusable and last for YEARS! I still own both the DimR’s and the Nippie Skins because you never know when you might need a stronger barrier against nipple show through.
Has anybody ever used the word nipple more in a blog post? And I wasn’t even thinking about SEO, just keeping the girls under control and in some semblance of modesty. 😉
What are your thoughts on nipple show through? Are you a high beam or low beam girl?
Be cute. Be confident. And maybe be a bit modest.
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🙂 I’m all about those low beams! The only one I want admiring any high beams are my hubby….lol! Great post. I’ll have to look into these.
That’s the truth Kirstin. I hear ya.
I love this blog post! I have never heard of nipple concealers and what a brilliant idea!
Beats wearing my sport bras!
Hope you’re feeling better friend!
Thanks Robin! They can really save the day or at least keep from having to wonder why no one is looking you in the eye. ;-D
I have large headlights but haven’t experienced any problem but I never wear anything that is snug across my breasts. I wish I had known about these back in my younger days though because I dressed differently then and boy did my nips show.
Maybe TMI, but mine are actually pretty small but I have some texture on my areolas as well, so wearing the concealers helps with that also. And when you’ve got the jugs like I have or had, even loose tops can pull across the girls.
My mom is always so concerned about this too, and I’ve told her to get over it, but I know it’s hard….This is a great alternative to the band aid…
Hi Paula! Love your blog. Anyway, ten years ago, I had to get my breasts reduced. They were causing constant neck pain, and hung down practically to my (rather chubby) waist. I inherited that charming anatomical anomaly from my grandma. Before I reduced them, I was an E cup, and believe me, I don’t miss them in the least. That being said, since I now have these charming little C-cup ladies, I frequently forego a bra, particularly in the summer. And I always apply a band aid, I didn’t even know nipple concealers were a thing!
Thank you for the educational blog post. Keep up the good work! I will try these.
As an aside, I had to have a second surgery, since one of the ladies developed a hole. All good now though.
Great article! I’m a guy and I think inherited crazy large nipples from my Dad. I remember looking at him as a child when he had his shirt of and thinking whoa! It’s a real problem as just no one I guess thinks about this problem in men.
All the best,
I understand Taylor. I’ve definitely seen some men who have the issue. When my husband wears shirts make out of certain fabrics that cling like “dri-fit” or a high modal content, it accentuate things that we’d rather keep hidden, even belly hair! 😳 The Nipple Skins have a bit of self adhesive property but your shirt would need to be tight enough to hold them close until your body heat cause them to cling. Also, in the cooler months, an undershirt helps. Eddie Bauer has some t- shirts that don’t have pockets and are substantial. We buy them in white and The Mister uses them as undershirts. They also have a nicer neck so they look nice under sweaters and button downs.
Best of luck
Awesome, thanks so much for the recommendations Paula. I will check those out straight away.
As a person that was labeled male at birth but grew up to be non-binary to the female side I totally understand this problem and live it after being on estrogen HRT. I didn’t realize to what extent I was living with this issue until a lady friend said to me “it looks like your headlights are always on”. I can no longer wear single layer clothing as I will have serious nipple protrusion. I am one of the “girls” that has the problem of her nipples being erect 99% of the time. I have female like breasts, even though they are small they cause my nipples to be closer to my clothing so I can project through certain blouses even if I am wearing a non-padded bra underneath. Now I always wear two layers of clothing, a V-neck undershirt or camisole underneath whatever top I have on. I just ordered the flower type breast petals. I found your article because when I mentioned the nipple problem on a website a person posted the words “high beaming and nipping out”. Searching for the words high beaming brought up your article in a list of articles. It was after I became the “train wreck” while standing in front of the female cashier at the grocery store and saw her stare, (a long stare) fixated on my nipples that I realized the extent of my problem. I know that woman to be a bit prudish so I wanted to clasp my hands over my breasts and exclaim rather loudly “oh my goodness am I showing”. But I refrained from doing so. Even though my physical appearance is to the male side more than female I never go to the beach to swim without wearing a top to cover my breasts. Normally I will rock a woman’s one piece bathing suit at the beach. I no longer feel comfortable letting my breasts be seen, they just feel so personal to me. That is unless another woman has her top off at the beach which is not un-common at my local beach, then I might join her, or might even do some nude swimming if the moment is right. Like with the man you love it is OK to be modest until it is time not to be modest.
What helped me to become comfortable with having my own nipples showing was remembering a woman that I saw. She had huge nipples that were epic in size. They projected through her single layer form fitting blouse from here to next week. She was totally comfortable with it and gave no indication of awareness or nervousness of her nipples. They simply weren’t a problem for her. It was the same with a woman that had a very large wrinkled tummy, she was rocking a two piece bathing suit in total comfort. Those two women did a great deal in helping me learn to feel comfortable letting my nipples be seen.
I do miss the normal state of modesty that I naturally was afforded when my nipples didn’t protrude. Back then I could just throw on a cute thin strapped top and wear it without any nipple show-through.
I do understand that “pretty large ladies” garner plenty of attention themselves. I can see how nipple modesty would feel more important to a woman living that way. But having small breasts I realize that “nipples” hold a certain fascination to both women and men. Nipples projecting on women or men are seen in the same way as an exposed male penis is seen by women. That is women will always look at a man’s penis should they catch him in a moment of accidental exposure.
Breasts even large ones become boring in a way. They are seen so often they don’t always gain much attention from onlookers. Often even women with large breasts don’t have nipples that project. So in a way the nipples become the forbidden fruit. Then suddenly when out of the blue a woman is high beaming eyes from those around her will be staring at her from all directions. Her nipples become that train wreck where people simply can’t look away. Much like it is with a woman’s bare feet after a long winter. Like the first robin of spring it is the first polished toenails and sandals of spring that the women wear that receive all the looks and attention.
I am gladly going to shop for the products you wrote about. Once again I want to be able to wear form fitting tops and have nipple modesty. Despite what some people think we are not intentionlly trying to draw the looks or garner attention from others. We just want to wear what is comfortable. We are not intentionally dressing so our nipples show. Nipples have minds of their own and will project despite our best efforts to control and contain them. We shouldn’t have to wear multiple layers of clothing just because other people can’t keep their eyes to themselves. Normally I wear an undergarment under my top to protect it from moisture and odor. On a super hot day I don’t mind if my nipples project because I choose to wear one layer. But on holidays with the family, or some other occasion formal or not when I don’t want my nipples advertising themselves nipple covers, or breast petals become so welcome.
I am sorry you have the nipple problem too. I just wish they wouldn’t shame us for our nipples.
Some people are very comfortable and don’t worry about nipple protrusion. I once heard Cathy Lee Gifford say that “we all have ’em, get over it.” 😉 Honestly, I never wanted that to draw attention to my chest and have chosen modesty in that area. But they are natural and everyone (who’s lucky enough) has them. I know my mom who has had a mastectomy with reconstruction including the addition of nipples that didn’t “stay”, who love to have them. Even though she’s very modest she says she always liked hers. 😉
All the best.
I used to wear 2 bras! And I don’t have nearly the nipple protrusion that Farrah Fawcett did!
I agree it’s distracting to the community at large lol and for me anyway, embarrassing (unless I’m in a situation where I’m comfy showing the girls and/or headlights 🤣
No free peeks from me guys! Sorry.
And yes these both seem like great products!
I have a full fillet-style inset that I use (weren’t cheap!) but make life so much easier. I can wear a white tank in a winter storm and Nothing! Ha!
The good stuff is never cheap is it Julia?