Face piercings are all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why! They’re easy to personalize, thanks to the variety of piercing jewelry available, so there’s definitely something that suits your personal style. And when you get tired of a stud? Change it up! There’s a cute face piercing for everyone.
Before you book an appointment with your piercer, here are a few factors to consider before committing to a facial piercing:
- Pain tolerance: Your face has the important job of expressing your emotions, and as a result, there are a ton of nerves and muscles in all areas of your face. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the fleshier the piercing area, the less painful the piercing experience will be. Unfortunately, these areas also take the longest to pierce and will feel more uncomfortable for longer than thinner areas of your face. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to determine how well you handle pain before committing to a piercing location.
- Price: Depending on the difficulty or complexity of the area that is being pierced, different face piercings cost more than others. Keep your budget in mind when selecting your unique piercing, and talk to your piercer if you have any questions on pricing.
- Healing time: Properly caring for your piercing while it’s healing is super important, which is why it’s a good idea to consider your lifestyle and your ability to follow a strict routine when getting a new piercing. Some piercings take longer to heal than others, from one month to up to two or three months, so if you have a busy, hectic schedule, a cute piercing that only takes a month to heal is probably ideal.
What piercings suit what face shape
Now that you’ve decided you’re ready for a facial piercing, you might be wondering which piercing is right for you and what piercing would suit your face. Here are some of the best and uncommon, cute face piercings you can get:
- Eyebrow Piercings: The eyebrow is an incredibly versatile place to get piercings. The piercings can be horizontal or vertical, you can place them anywhere along your eyebrow, and you can even get multiple piercings on one brow. Barbells and hoops are the most common piercing jewelry for this spot. Make sure the jewelry won’t tug on your eyebrow or get caught on clothing.
- Anti-eyebrow/upper cheek: The anti-eyebrow, or upper cheek piercing, sits at the top of the cheekbones, mirroring the location of the eyebrows. These usually consist of flat studs that won’t get caught on clothes. This piercing also takes a longer time to heal, up to two months.
- Bridge piercing: (through the skin above the nose) A bridge piercing goes through the skin above your nose, between the eyebrows. This usually consists of a metal bar that runs through the bridge, so this isn’t the best option if you wear glasses on a regular basis. This piercing takes up to two or three months to fully heal.
- Third eye piercing: The position of a third eye piercing is similar to the bridge piercing in that it is between the eyebrows, but it is a bit higher up than the bridge piercing. This piercing takes an extra long time to heal, between 4-6 months, so keep that in mind when considering this piercing!
- Cheek piercing: Cheek piercings often imitate the location of dimples and can add a sweet, feminine touch to your look. In fact, after removing these piercings, the scars can heal in a way that mimics dimples! These piercings take longer to heal on account of the flesh in the cheeks, so be prepared to care for these piercings from anywhere from two to three months.
- Nose piercings: Nose piercings, like eyebrow piercings, are also incredibly versatile. You can choose a variety of placements, including nostril or septum, and a wide variety of jewelry. From studs to hoops, there’s bound to be a nose piercing that lines up with your unique style! These aren’t known for being super painful, and the healing process takes 2-3 months, so be mindful of your nose when it’s healing!
- Lip piercings: Yet another versatile, customizable option for facial piercings, lip piercings are another great option for expressing your sense of style. Side lip piercings are some of the more common lip piercings, but some uncommon facial piercings near the lips include snakebites, dolphin bites, canine bites, and more! The possibilities are nearly endless. This also means that, depending on the location of the piercing, it could take anywhere from one to six months to heal.
- Chin piercings: Chin piercings are typically right below the lower lip and can be customized depending on the look you’re going for. Chin piercings can vary with regards to how far away from the lower lip they’re placed, and as a result, the types of jewelry you can use will also vary.
- Helix piercing: Although this falls under ear piercings, a helix piercing can still add a lot to your face! Helix piercings typically consist of a barbell that goes through one side of your ear to the other, usually at the top (your helix). This creates an edgy look, which is super unique and fresh if you’re looking for a change. These do take a bit longer to heal than other ear piercings, anywhere from four to twelve months, so be prepared to give your helix some extra TLC!
- Medusa piercing: This is technically a lip piercing, but it’s so unique that it just had to be highlighted here! The Medusa piercing goes right above the lips, almost right above the cupid’s bow. If you’re going for a more feminine piercing, this is the one for you.
Best piercings for face shapes
Now, you might have the perfect piercing selected, but what kind of jewelry will you opt for? It’s important to select jewelry that suits your face shape, so here’s a quick rundown of the types of jewelry you should select when getting a face or ear piercing:
- Oval: Any earring size will work since oval faces are well-balanced. Also, any type of facial piercing jewelry will suit your face, from hoops to barbells to studs.
- Round: Angular pieces of jewelry are great options for balancing out round features. For nose piercings, in particular, half-hoops are a great option, as they won’t make your face appear to be imbalanced.
- Square: Nearly the direct opposite of the round face shape, any type of round jewelry will help to balance out the sharpness of the square face shape. For facial piercings, in particular, small and dainty nose studs or other jewelry will help bring out your femininity.
- Oblong/rectangular: For this face shape, round, chunky jewelry will work wonders. Most nose or face piercings will work well with any type of jewelry, so those are down to personal preference!
- Heart: With a heart face shape, go for longer earrings that get bigger at the bottom, like teardrop or chandelier earrings. Tiny nose studs are well-suited for heart face shapes.
- Triangle: The triangle, or pear face shape, benefits from smaller studs or nose rings since the lower half of the face is typically wider than the top half. Conversely, cartilage ear piercings or helix piercings can help to balance out the top half, as can chain-link huggies.
- Diamond: For a diamond face shape, you’ll want to avoid long or heavy earring styles. Focus more on classic studs or teardrop earrings. Sticking with a classic look is also great when considering the types of jewelry you want for your nose or other facial piercings.
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