These days, a well-positioned piercing—or, more likely, a collection of them—is as ubiquitous a beauty note as a swipe of mascara. But unlike makeup, which tends to have a prescribed application area, it’s the where of the piercing placement that makes it yours. In recent years, facial piercings have evolved from a simple one-two punch of the lobe to a more intricate modern mandate, with delicate jewelry catching light from noses and ears alike—the latter of which often play host to a high-shine procession. No longer a beacon of irreverence, today’s piercings skew chic, effortlessly elevating even the simplest above-neck looks to simple, but with some sparkle. But what exactly are a tragus, a conch, an orbital, an auricle, and more importantly, which of the seemingly endless options is idiosyncratically you? We rounded up an assemblage of chic facial piercings worth going under the needle for. Choose your shimmering fighter—or fighters—from the list below.
Those close-fitting hoops worn at the nose’s center are septum rings, and are a trend on the rise. Though the septum piercing may appear a more irreverent option than a nostril puncture, its placement is actually a bit more covert: should you want to appear more conventional for the day, simply remove the hoop. It’s your secret.