How To Wear Temporary Eyebrow Rings

Poser alert. I’m about to show you how to get pierced without the commitment.
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Poser alert. I’m about to show you how to get pierced without the commitment.

I was one of those annoying pseudo-punk-rock kids in high school. This involved hair of many colors, writing terrible three-chord songs with an electric guitar my grandma got me on my 16th birthday, and attending every Warped Tour from age 14 to 19. 

The one thing my safety-pinned, purple-haired look was missing? An eyebrow ring. But the idea of getting one horrified my parents and was thus a no-go. 

BUT I DON’T LISTEN TO THE RULES. Here I am at 16, complete with blue-black hair, thin eyebrows, and that little silver flare. 

short black hair

Notice my teeny tiny eyebrow ring on my right brow.

Just kidding! My parents would’ve killed me if I got an eyebrow ring, and I am not about that life. Nope, I opted for the next best thing: beads and eyelash glue. Fooled ya, right?

Naturally, when I saw Rodarte’s S/S 2015 show, I was like, yeah, I get it.

rodarte spring 2015 beauty

Rodarte S/S 2015, photos from

If you, too, want to give the impression of holes in your face without actually putting holes in your face, then this is the tutorial for you.  

First, decide what kind of jewelry you want. Beads? Studs? Hoops? Small Swarovski crystals? The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless. 

You’ll also need eyelash glue to stick them on. I used KISS Strip Lash Adhesive, which is great because it has a little applicator.

kiss lash adhesive

Some jewels and KISS Strip Lash Adhesive.

If you’re using jump rings, which can be purchased at any bead shop or craft store, you’ll need to pry them slightly apart with pliers.

red plier tool

After opening, apply the glue to the ends that will stick on your skin.

gluing together fake eyebrow piercing

Wait for 20 to 30 seconds until the glue gets tacky, then hold the jewelry to your brow with tweezers.

applying fake eyebrow piercing

I’m using a bronze colored bead here.

I used a bigger bead on top of my eyebrow and a smaller one below it.

fake eyebrow piercing

Sullen, thinking about how much I hate gym class.

For the next two looks, I used glass crystal and diamante beads.

fake eyebrow piercing

How sweet, how dainty.

crystal fake eyebrow piercing

Glass crystal beads.

fake eyebrow piercing

Diamante rhinestone beads.

My favorite look is Rodarte’s rings, because obviously my high school tastes have evolved exponentially. I’d probably remove a ring or five in real life though.

fake eyebrow piercings

My roots are creeping into Mary Kate Olsen territory, I know. 

Bonus Fake Lip Ring!

So this piece wouldn’t be complete without another fake seen at the Dries Van Noten S/S 2015 show: drawn-on lip rings. This look doesn’t involve any plastic bits or glue, just makeup. 

dries van noten spring 2015 beauty

Dries Van Noten S/S 2015 (photos from

I started by applying a white base down the center of my bottom lip to make the gold pop. I used a white from my Maqpro Petite Fard Creme Palette PP22 (my favorite palette ever).

drawn on lip piercing

Then I used a gold gel liner from my handy Sephora Makeup Academy Blockbuster Palette. It’s not as vibrant, to be honest, and you’ll probably get better results from a dedicated gold liquid liner, but it did the trick.

fake eyebrow piercings

Multi-pierced. (Even 16-year-old me would probably think this was overkill.)

  • Did you want facial piercings as a teen? 
  • Do you still want them now, or are you happy just faking it?