Swimsuit glue is designed to hold the edges of one- and two-piece swimsuits in place while the wearer is walking, bending or otherwise moving. Swimsuit glue is an extremely popular–and very necessary–item for pageant contestants, who might be extremely embarrassed and even overexposed should their suits slip. If you think that swimsuit glue could help you with your bathing beauty look, then make sure you know how to use it and how it works in order to get the best results.


As the years have passed, the swimsuit has gotten skimpier and skimpier. Early suits really didn’t need any help staying on since they were basically real suits made out of regular material–some swimming hose were even knitted. However, as women began to demand more freedom of movement in and out of the water, the swimsuit became more practical and, as time passed, diminished again to the point of impracticability. As the straps became more prone to slipping and the bottoms to riding up, swimsuit glue arrived on the scene to keep things more or less in place.


Swimsuit glue is a strong adhesive that literally glues your suit to your body. It can also be used to hold the straps of evening gowns in place. Some types of glue are waterproof so that you can actually use it on the beach, while others can be removed with warm water and should only be used if you are not actually going to get your swimsuit wet.


Swimsuit glue comes in several types. Latex glues are basically liquid latex and are similar to the glue used to keep “pasties” on over nipples in exotic dance clubs. These glues are applied around the outside edges of the suit, then pressed into place until the suit holds. They last for several hours and can be peeled off when you are finished using them. They are not good for swimming. Other types of glues are real glue, and can be worn in the water. They are applied the same way. Finally, some types of glue actually are intended not only to hold the suit in place, but to actually alter the shape of your body. This final type often works more like tape, and not only holds the swimsuit in place but also can be used to manually lift the bust or buttocks. Some of these can be worn in the water, but they are not particularly reliable. There are also several types of swimsuit glue sprays, more commonly known as “butt glue,” that cover the entire area in question and hold the suit firmly in place.


Swimsuit tape is most often used in beauty pageants where a slip of the suit could cost the wearer a crown and the sponsoring organization money in fines. It is also popular at body-building competitions and showcases, where the focus should be on the muscles of the body rather than what the swimwear is or is not covering. The glue is also a must if you plan to wear a microbikini in public, since there is so little cloth and string holding it together that you will find it impossible to keep in place without assistance.


Because these glues are literally glue, you may have an allergic reaction to them. Make sure that you test the glue on a small area of your body–the inside of your wrist or elbow is ideal–before slathering it on to hold your suit in place. If you have a latex allergy then make sure to select an adhesive that does not contain latex.

Expert Insight

Pageant contestants and judges alike say that using some type of adhesive to hold your swimsuit in place is a must if you are seriously competing in any type of beauty contest. Because so many of the contestants are beautiful, accomplished and well-spoken, the judges will seize on anything to distinguish between them and weed people out.