It's no secret that ear piercing is having a moment. From celebrities to supermodels and fashion bloggers, everyone is loving all the elevated earring options that have become available. And while we love nothing more than a good ear party, there's something to be said for a more curated ear look.
Earrings are a great way to dress up any outfit, and when it comes to piercings, there are so many possibilities. Whether you go for a simple stud or get creative with hoops, climbers, and charms—the options are endless!
Here are some tips on how to create a curated ear-piercing look.
What Are Curated Ear Piercings: How Did the Trend become Popular?
A curated ear piercing is a specific arrangement of ear piercings that creates a visually-pleasing, balanced look. The term "curated" comes from the word "curate," which means carefully selecting or organizing something.
Like many trends before it, this trend first gained popularity on Instagram, with fashion and beauty influencers showing off their unique piercings. And with so many people posting photos of their piercings online, it was only a matter of time before the trend caught on.
Although the term "curated ear" might appear to be new, the concept is not. For centuries, women have been adorning their ears with jewelry. In fact, many cultures have their own traditional ear piercing styles. The difference, however, is that with social media, we can see piercings from all over the world and get inspired by them.
Curated ear piercings are all about creativity, self-expression, and having fun with your piercings.
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Things to Consider when Creating a Curated Ear
Yes, curated ears are all about expressing your unique style. But you should keep a few things in mind when creating your own look.
#1. The placement of your piercings.
It's helpful to think about the placement of your piercings before you get started. After all, you want your piercings to be symmetrical and balanced. A good rule of thumb is to start with the center of your earlobe and then work your way out.
#2. The type of jewelry you want to use.
There are so many different types of earrings to choose from—studs, hoops, huggies, drop, etc. And you're not limited to one kind of jewelry per piercing. So have fun mixing and matching!
#3. The size of your piercings.
The size is especially important if you're planning on getting multiple piercings. You'll want to make sure that the piercings are evenly spaced and don't look too crowded.
#4. The healing process.
Keep in mind that it can take up to 6 weeks for your piercings to heal. So if you're planning on getting multiple piercings, it's best to space them out over a period of time.
Be sure to clean your piercings regularly and follow your piercer's aftercare instructions. Although most piercings are relatively low-maintenance, they require some care and attention.
How to Create a Curated Ear Piercing Look
Now that you know what to consider when creating a curated ear, here are some tips on getting started.
Pick your piercings
Wondering how many piercings you should get? The answer is—it's up to you! There's no right or wrong answer, and you can always start with just a few piercings and then add more later. As we mentioned before, it's helpful to start with the center of your earlobe and then work your way out. But ultimately, it's your ear, so do what feels right for you.
Choose your jewelry
Once you've picked your piercings, it's time to choose your jewelry. Again, there are no hard and fast rules here. You can mix and match different types of earrings or stick to one style. And don't forget—you can always change your jewelry down the road.
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Now that you've picked your piercings and chosen your jewelry, it's time to get pierced! If you're new to piercings, it's best to start with just a few. That way, you can get used to the healing process and see how your piercings look with your everyday style.
Take care of your piercings.
Remember, it can take up to 6 weeks for your piercings to heal. So be sure to clean them regularly and follow your piercer's aftercare instructions.
Enjoy your new piercings!
Most importantly, have fun with your piercings! Curated ears are all about expressing your unique style, so don't be afraid to experiment.