It can be a hard to find an eyebrow aesthetician who really gets you. But, once you find your beauty soulmate who can sculpt your brows as precise as the hedges at Versailles, you might want to think about jeweling them up with an eyebrow piercing. Marie Antoinette would definitely approve.
Before you start asking people to poke holes in your face, you’ll probably want to know what kind of pain, price tag, and recovery period comes along with this piercing. Since it’s way more fun to browse all of the eyebrow piercing jewelry online, we researched all of the details for you and put them into a handy guide below.
What Is An Eyebrow Piercing?
This may shock you, but an eyebrow piercing is located on the eyebrow. You can choose between a horizontal piercing and a vertical piercing, which are also as self explanatory as they sound. We’ll take Obvious Things for $200, please.
Whichever variation you choose, this type of piercing looks sleek when done correctly. But that whole “doing it correctly” can take some careful precision. According to professional piercer Matt Southwood, an eyebrow piercing can sometimes be done too shallow, which will make it look like the jewelry is hanging off the skin.
Instead, he recommends the ball of the jewelry rest right against the brow, to give it a more polished look.
How Much Does an Eyebrow Piercing Cost?
The average cost of an eyebrow piercing your eyebrow can range from $30-40. You’ll also need to pay for the jewelry, which starts around $40.
You want to make sure a professional piercer does the job. But don’t worry! That Australian real-estate millionaire said we can solve the housing crisis by giving up avocado toast, so skipping one oat milk latte should cover a mid-priced piercing. Front yard filled with flamingos, here you come!
How Painful Is An Eyebrow Piercing?
Getting an eyebrow piercing can hurt depending on your personal pain level, but it couldn’t possibly hurt more than four-inch stilettos or accidentally swiping right on your first cousin after your fifth shot of whiskey. In other words, it tends to fall lower on the pain scale than most piercings.
What’s Good Eyebrow Piercing Aftercare?
First and foremost: hands off! Don’t touch, spin, pull, or bop your new eyebrow piercing. It isn’t the best game of the ’90s.
Luckily, this type of piercing doesn’t get hit as often as most ear piercings, which helps with the healing time. But you’ll still want to make sure you clean it regularly with a saline solution, which is a salt and water mixture.
Southwood explains a few different ways to do this, including dunking your piercing into the solution directly, or using a paper towel or washcloth to get the solution on your brow. Do this once or twice a day, and use it as an excuse to bail on plans as often as needed.
How Long Will My Eyebrow Piercing Take to Heal?
Eyebrow piercings take about two to three months to heal… at minimum. Of course, every person is going to have a different experience, unlike the unifying thrill of a Scholastic Book Fair. An easy way to gauge if your piercing is healed is if you can go two weeks without any redness, soreness, or discharge. We’re pretty sure that’s covered in the next installment of Goodnight Moon.
If you do see excessive discharge or swelling, those can be signs of an infection. Check in with your piercer or see a doctor to avoid further issues or a scar.
Are There Any Risks?
You can minimize the infection risks by going to an experienced piercer. If you want to reduce the change the piercing will migrate, opt for a curved barbell instead of a ring until it’s fully healed.
When Can I Change the Jewelry?
We know you want to pick out an eyebrow ring for every day of the week, but make sure you wait until your piercing is fully healed first.
During this time you can figure out what brow bling works best for you. Go for a classic mallrat look with a hoop, try this dainty crescent moon for something out of this world, or ask your friends to “link up” while pointing at this chain hanging from your eyebrow.