20+ Ways To Have Your Lip Pierced (Part I) – Individual Placements

By K. A. Kristmanson

The amount of different ways that you can pierce a client’s lip is mind-boggling. Without further ado, here they are!

The Lower Lip:

Arguably the most popular placements for lip piercings are along the bottom lip. While the Labret, Vertical Labret and Side Lip are common, there are more unique placements that fall into this category, as well.

Figure 1: Lower Side Lip Piercing

#1 – The Snakebite (Lower Side Lip Placement)

This one doesn’t require much explanation because you can find it everywhere, but I love how versatile this placement is in terms of jewelry. Gem studs, silver beads, captive bead rings, and circular barbells all work here, so pick your style! This piercing contours the bottom lip to make it appear full, and it can be as subtle or prominent as you desire. I can tell you from experience that it is low on the pain scale, too.

Figure 2: Labret Piercing

#2 – The Labret:

Named after the jewelry appropriate for this piercing, the traditional Labret is exactly what it sounds like. A flat-backed “stud” is generally worn, with a wide-range of beads, gems, or spikes to choose from.

Figure 3: Vertical Labret Piercing

#3 – The Vertical Labret:

Though its name is similar, the Vertical Labret does not use the “stud” that the traditional piercing uses. Instead, this placement requires a curved barbell, which sits with one bead on top of the lower lip, and one beneath it, the barbell resting in center of the lower lip.

Figure 4: Inverted Vertical Labret (Ashley) Piercing

#4 – The Ashley (Inverted Vertical Labret)

This one is, simply put, a Vertical Labret where the bottom bead rests inside the mouth, giving the appearance of a single bead in the center of the lip.

Figure 5: Horizontal Labret Piercing

#5 – The Horizontal Labret

This piercing has more in common with the Vertical Labret than the traditional Labret. Again, a curved barbell is threaded through the center of the bottom lip, this time pierced horizontally through the tissue rather than vertically, so that both beads rest on top. I have heard that this piercing is particularly painful, because the needle passes through such sensitive tissue. Still, it looks awesome.

Figure 6: Lowbret Piercing

#6 – The Lowbret Placement:

You guessed it, this one is also named after the Labret piercing. The difference? It’s just lower. Unlike numbers 3 – 5, this piercing does actually use a labret stud. Okay, I promise we’re done saying that word so much.

The Upper Lip:

Moving on up, we have placements that mirror the lower lip.

Figure 7: Upper Lip (Monroe) Piercing

#7 – The Monroe (Upper Side Lip Placement)

Just like the lower side lip, the Monroe has multiple options for jewelry—though the labret stud is typically worn most often. The placement mimics Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark, which may be why gems and beads are more popular than CBRs and circular barbells. However, rings are perfectly acceptable to wear, should you take a liking to the different aesthetic. There is some debate about whether the left or right sides have different names. Because Marilyn Monroe’s signature beauty mark was on the left side, some piercers have taken to calling the right-hand piercing the Madonna. (Not sure why, since Madonna doesn’t have a beauty mark). Call it what you will, it’s still a cute placement.

Figure 8: Philtrum (Medusa) Piercing

#8 – The Medusa (Philtrum Placement)

This one pinches, and might make your eyes water. The Medusa piercing is placed opposite to the traditional labret and shares the same jewelry. It requires a very skilled hand, because an askew Philtrum piercing is not pretty. Expect your piercer to mark and remark the placement several times before actually doing the job. Trust me, it’s worth your patience.

Figure 9: Jestrum Piercing

#9 – The Jestrum

This one is like the Vertical Labret of the Medusa piercing. A curved barbell is used, placing one bead in the philtrum and another against the top lip. It is quite rare to find this piercing compared to its lower twin. So, if you’re looking for a new twist on the Vertical Labret, this is the piercing for you! Again, it’s important to make sure this piercing is placed correctly, so that the client’s face remains beautifully symmetrical.

The… Corner Lip?

Figure 10: Dahlia Piercing

#10 – The Dahlia

Dahlia gets its name from either the flower, or a heinous crime. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s in reference to the former, considering the gory details of the “Black Dahlia” murder case. Still, even if its name is in poor taste, the piercing itself is a notably rare placement.

Check out next week’s post!

I’ll go over the crazy amount of ways to combine these piercings and the specific names for the placement of “bites.”