Carineh Keuylian is having a piercing party and trunkshow at CIIN next weekend, but you probably know that already. The excitement is palpable.. Not only will Carineh be launching her personal collection of jewelry, she has invited world renowned Cypriot piercer Rolando to join the party.
As we discuss the multitude of piercings that I myself desire for next weekend, I realize that there is an art, or should we say method to the madness of multiple ear piercings. As I share my intentions, I see Carineh looking at my face instead of my ears… at first I don’t quite get it, then I do. Because our ears frame the sides of our face, the piercings have the ability to accentuate certain features, and even change how our face shape appears.
So as I dream up the perfect combo of hoop, stud and star, Carineh instead is trying to arrange the piercings in a way that best suits me.. First things first though, before we share some awesome tips from Carineh, below is a complete chart of the ear piercing names, so you know what we are talking about further down..
The Jawbone and the Lobe
Almost all of us have a standard lobe pierce, what we choose to put in that pierce has once again a lot to do with our face, and our jawbone specifically. The best case scenario for each of us is to wear an earring that hits at the same level as our jawbone. This parallel between the earring and the jawbone, immediately accentuates your jawline creating a more attractive more angular one.
The opposite is also true. If you are a teeth grinder for example, then your jawline is probably a little too angular as it is, so drawing the eye away from the jawbone is the right thing to do. This can be achieved with a stud style earring on the standard lobe, or a particularly long earring that best accentuates your neck.
What Is It That You Want to Highlight
Let’s just say that if you have gorgeous green eyes, you haven’t been doing yourself any favors with the standard lobe pierce that draws the eye away from your eyes actually. Take a ruler or pen, to make things clearer and create a horizontal line from your eye out towards your ear, where it hits is where you need a pierce or two. If the sight of a cartilage piercing syringe is too much for you, try a cuff in the same place, or even just an earring that climbs up the ear from the standard lobe upwards.
The same is true for your cheekbones, if you want to highlight them further, create a piercing at the same level.
Create The Illusion Of A Different Face Shape
So basically, your face doesn’t end at your face, it ends at the edges of your ear. So, creating a fuller face or a thinner face is possible with the right piercings.
If you feel that your face need to be made a little longer and thinner, you should consider a Tragus pierce. This is the part of your ear that is closest to your face. It is also almost in the middle of your face. A small diamond stud in the Tragus will make your face appear narrower provided that there are no other piercings beyond it, at the same level. It’s actually the same technique used in makeup contouring.. just more permanent..
By the same token, if you need your face to be a little wider, consider a number of hoop piercings along your outer ear (helix). This will draw the eye outwards and create a wider illusion.
What If You Want to Draw The Eye Away From A Feature
There is nothing more interesting than a well-curated ear. If you feel your nose is a little too big, or perhaps you want to draw attention away from a small scar on your face, a beautifully pierced ear is the way to go. Creating a constellation of beautiful piercings, will not only highlight your pretty ears, but it will also draw the eye to the ears, and perhaps draw the focus away from a feature you don’t particularly want to flaunt..