Anyone who has their lip pierced will be faced with a situation at some point where they will need to know how to hide a lip piercing.
You may be wondering to yourself what is the point in having a piercing if you are going to hide it?
Well, there are a few reasons for this actually. In certain situations body piercings are simply not appropriate.
For example, you are attending a job interview and are unsure of the company’s views on piercings, you may not want them to see that you have piercings yourself. Perhaps you already have a job and your boss just isn’t a big fan of body modification, in this situation your best bet would be to cover up any piercings you have to the best of your ability.
You get my drift, piercings have their time and place, and sometimes it is best to just hide them. This way you do not have to remove the jewelry and let the hole close, meaning that you can still wear your awesome body jewelry in a casual setting or on a night out!
There are a few ways to hide your piercings,here I will show you the most effective ones:
Method #1 – Get Yourself a Piercing Retainer
Of course, one of the best ways of hiding your piercing without having to leave your jewelry out is to get yourself piercing retainer.
This is only suitable for piercings which are healed – to the point when it is okay to change your jewelry. This varies between different piercings but we are focusing on the lip piercing, which takes approximately 3 months to heal up.
Buying a piercing retainer
When you buy yourself a lip piercing retainer, you should make sure you pick on out that is suited to your personal needs.
Make sure that you pick a retainer which either matches your skin tone or is completely see-through. This decision is up to you. For Piercings with a larger gauge size, I tend to find that skin tone retainers work much better at hiding it than see-through ones.
You also need to consider the material your piercing retainer is made of. Generally speaking, acrylic is no good for wearing in any piercing, so take my advice and avoid acrylic.
Instead, you should opt for a BioPlast or BioFlex retainer. These materials are much kinder to your skin, they lower your risk of infection and will not cause any irritation.
Note: be sure that you get the right gauge size. Wearing a retainer which is too big or too small can cause a whole host of problems. Know your gauge size!
Method #2 – Use Makeup
Again, this is not a good idea for a piercing which is not fully healed yet.
What you need:
- A concealer that matches your skin tone
- A piercing retainer (this is optional but makes the process much safer and will also stop your piercing from closing up)
All you need to do is apply concealer to the piercing you want to cover up.
You can use your finger or a brush, it really doesn’t matter. The trick is to really make sure you blend the concealer with your skin/foundation as seamlessly as possible.
Tip: Instead of applying the concealer straight to your piercing hole, you should get yourself a piercing retainer and put the concealer on and around the retainer. This way you avoid the potential risks of infection or your piercing closing up.
Method #3 – Use a Plaster/Bandaid
For a one off occasion or in less common situations, you should be able to get away with covering up your piercing with a plaster/bandaid. Yes, people will see the plaster, but they will probably assume it is a small cut or an out of control pimple.
You can either:
- Take out your jewelry and use the plaster to cover up the piercing hole.Use a self-adhesive plaster. Be aware of the fact that if you leave your jewelry out for too long your piercing will close up!
- Put a labret stud in back to front, so the plate should be on the outside of your lip. Put the plaster over the jewelry. Do not use the gauze to cover your jewelry as the threads could get caught on your jewelry. Instead just use the sticky part of the bandaid.
- Get a piercing retainer and cover it up using the same method describe in #2.
As I said, this method is not suitable for daily use, it is only a short term solution.
It is highly possible to hide a lip piercing, do it right and no one will even suspect that you have your lip pierced!
Although, if you have to hide your piercing all the time, you may want to consider if it is the right time in your life to even get a piercing. You may be better off waiting until you are a life situation where you can express yourself through piercings freely and with pride!
If you have yet to get your lip pierced and feel this may be an issue, you are asking for trouble. This will just put you at risk of infection or losing your piercing through the hole closing up on you.
I hope you found this article helpful! If you have any more tips on covering your piercings up, leave a comment below.
Also, if you have any piercing, you never know when you will need to cover it up.