How to Use Piercings to Express Yourself & Create a Look That You Love!
Piercings can be so much more than just piercings. They are a form of self-expression, a form of art that is worn daily and shown to the world as a representation of your true self!
With that being said, how are you showing up to the world? It's certainly not a requirement to have a carefully chosen ear curation, but it sure is rewarding if you do choose to express yourself in this way.
You may be thinking "Yeah sure, but how do I start?"
Below you will find the steps to use piercings to express yourself by creating a look that you love!
STEP 1: Identify Your Style
Everyone has a completely unique sense of style- one that is completely individual. However, this doesn't mean that you can't gather inspiration from different sources in order to create your own style! Often times the best works of art were created by a culmination of many factors that the artist was inspired by. Inspiration can be found in nature, art, other ear curations, architecture, food, and even everyday objects!
If you know yourself well, you will be able to think up a list of things that inspire you, or make you feel good. These can be events, people, objects, animals, things in nature, landscapes, buildings, parks, or anything else that speaks to your soul.
Once you have this list, you're going to think up a word or a few words to describe your style! Please don't feel that you have to put yourself in a box here- whatever word or phrase comes to mind and feels right to describe your style is the one. You don't have to search externally for a trending style and try to fit your inspirations into that style.
What vibe would you like your ear piercings to present? Edgy, eclectic, natural, bold, bright, feminine, and minimalist are just a few of the infinite possibilities. You can choose your vibe by thinking about how you would like to show up to the world. Who is the ideal person that you would like to be? Decide that, and then identify the vibe that person would present. This will help your piercings bring out the best in you- not only will they embody all that you want to be, they will be an external and physical reminder to show up as that person throughout your daily routine.
What are your passions? What activities do you enjoy the most? Write these down as well.
Remember, for this entire section there are absolutely NO wrong answers!
STEP 2: IDENTIFY JEWELRY TYPES
What metal colors best represent your vibe? Are you a classic silver gal, or do you resonate more with gold or subtle rose gold? Maybe you want to mix colors! You can decide this by thinking about the colors of your favorite necklaces, bracelets, or rings.
Does dangling or non dangling jewelry fit with your vibe best?
Are there certain metals that you need to use due to any allergies or skin sensitivities? This is an important question- if you choose a metal that irritates your skin your piercings will become a nuisance instead of something to express your soul.
What size are all of your piercings? You will need to know your piercings gauge as well as the length for labrets/barbells or the diameter for any hoops.
STEP 3: JEWELRY SELECTIONS
Armed with all of the information above, you are now ready to choose your jewelry! Starting with one piece that really embodies your chosen vibe is a great place to start.
From there you can build - choose pieces that represent your passions/hobbies, remind you of your inspirations, and represent the person you aspire to be! Use all of the answers above as your roadmap. If you want a more bold look, chunkier jewelry and lots of textured pieces will give you the look you desire. If you prefer a more minimal style, smooth pieces with small designs will be more suitable for you.
STEP 4: CHANGE YOUR JEWELRY
Changing your jewelry at home can be difficult, so you can always visit a piercer and have them swap all of your jewelry for you. If you want to do it at home, get comfortable and be equipped with patience as you try. Invest in a taper (to help you insert labrets) and a captive bead ring tool (from amazon- to help you open hinged seam rings or captive bead rings!) and learn to use your tools to avoid any frustration. This should be a fun and creative experience!
STEP 5: SHOW OFF YOUR LOOK
Once your jewelry is changed, you're ready to show your look (and your ideal self) to the world! Post a picture of your ears, and remember who you aspire to be each and every time you see your piercings throughout the day 🥰
I hope this guide inspires you to get creative and think about who you want to be!
Until next time,