Hot! How to Curate Your Ears with Piercings Effectively?


Multiple ear piercings aren't new. For thousands of years, humans have been getting their ears pierced as part of their long-held traditions. From Greeks to the South Asians, from Africans to the Mayans, every culture has had its share of extreme ear piercings, sometimes even for ritualistic purposes. However, the craze of plentiful piercings using metals, semi-precious, and precious stones is more of a modern craze. 

It's 2021, and ear piercings are still one of the hottest trends. Unlike the old times, stacked up ear piercings are now aimed towards looking beautiful and signifying a person's style. It isn't about using a random assortment of studs, hoops, diamonds, and sparkles anymore. There are experts available with advice on healing, and research is needed to curate your ear piercings in a way that best suits your style and enhances your features. If you plan to jump on the bandwagon, here's all you need to know to do it effectively. 

What Are Curated Ear Piercings?

 The term "curated ear" was coined by Maria Tash, a famed jewelry designer. It refers to planning multiple ear piercings to complement each other. The planning process is similar to the art of home décor. You pick a couple of pieces that go together, lift each other, and beautify the room at large. 

A curated ear isn't achieved in one sitting. It's a pre-planned process that is completed in a more extended period to work together. Expert curators do not recommend getting more than three piercings at a time. 

Tips to Curate Your Ear Piercings Effectively

To make sure that the result of your curated ears exceeds your best expectations and your ears are healed timely and adequately, make sure to adhere to the following tips:

Match Piercings to Your Ear

Curating is planned based on your ear shape and size. Since every ear is unique, so would be every curated ear piercing. It's great to look for inspiration around you or on the web. However, it's best not to replicate an actual piercing. 

One way to plan your ear piercing is by printing out your ear's picture and sketching on it. This way, you can see what kind of piercings would best complement the distinctive shape of your ear. For example, if you wish to make your ears stand out, then helix piercings would be a better choice. A perfect match to balance the helix piercing would be a tragus piercing. On the contrary, if you think your features would benefit from your ear looking flat, opt for an earlobe piercing instead. 

Some common types of piercing for curated ears are:

  • Snug piercing
  • Orbital piercing
  • Tragus piercing
  • Conch piercing
  • Daith piercing
  • Rook piercing
  • Helix piercing
  • Lobes piercing

You Can Pick A Theme If You Want!

Picking a theme is not a must when it comes to curated ears, but you should know that it's an option if you want it. If there's something you feel strongly about, such as constellations, locks and keys, or even harry potter, you can easily incorporate it in your curated ears. You can also follow a color theme using stones or going all-metal, which in itself is a theme. Picking a theme makes it easier to choose jewelry that compliments each other.   

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Start Easy

Now that you have a complete plan of your curated ears, it's time that you move towards the actual piercings. However, there are things to take into consideration here. First things first, never get more than three piercings at a time. This allows the piercings to heal quickly and effectively. If you have no piercings at all, then begin with the lobe piercings as they are the most painless ones, and heal quickly. 

Prevent Your Ear from Looking Overcrowded

They are your ears, and you can choose whatever look you want. However, it's best to start with less and make sure there is enough spacing between piercings to create a balanced and clean look. There are numerous ear shapes and anatomy, and different styles look good on different ears. Perhaps a crowded piercing would suit your features, but there's also a chance it would not. Hence, start with less, and once you are sure more would look good on you, go for it.    

As a rule of thumb, follow the 2:3 ratio. If there are two lobe piercings, then go for three top ear piercings, etc.  

Get Lobe Piercings if You Are Nervous About the Cartilage

Curated ears do not necessarily need to involve cartilage puncturing, especially if you are nervous about it. If you wish for a new and improved look, a tiny dazzling stud (or two) right above your existing lobe piercing will bring just as much charm. It is also a great way to balance a prior misplaced piercing. Wear a hoop in the lowest lobe piercing and small studs in the above to prevent overcrowding and balance the look.  

Choosing the Jewelry

Choosing the jewelry might be the most challenging step of getting curated ears, mostly because the options are endless. Numerous options make people lose track of their original theme and mess up their balanced look.

The trick is to choose pieces that balance each other out. If you are going for metals, choose one that complements your skin tone and always gets hoops and studs together for balance. However, you can also go for all hoops or all studs. If you need a pop of color, choose a one colored huggie. If you need an edge, add a cuff. You can also follow a size theme by inserting the biggest one in the lower lobe.  

Whatever kind of curated ears you choose, makes sure you always go to an expert and reputed piercer. Never compromise on the jewelry either and if you have a nickel allergy, keep that in mind when making your purchase. Most importantly, don't forget to enjoy the process!

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