Those who grow up idolizing fashion, cosmetics, and style know that a lip ring can either be a great creative investment, or make you a hot mess. There’s work that goes behind completing a look with piercings. If you throw a bunch of things together, sometimes they just don’t mesh very well.

Lip rings are appealing, not only because they express a love for style and body modification, but also because they have a subtle sex appeal. Unfortunately, depending on the person and the look, they’re can be the opposite of sexy.

Before purchasing a lip piercing, there’s a few deciding factors you should consider.

• Career

Do you plan on wearing this piercing all the time? You may possibly have a conflicting career or lifestyle that wouldn’t be very keen on piercings and other alternative fashion. If so, think about situations in which you’ll be able to show off your lip ring. Weigh the pros and cons, deciding if it’s worth it.

 • Overall Style

What would you call your general look? Are you a natural bohemian wanting a little lip bling, or maybe an alternative rock lover? Both looks are appropriate for this king of piercing. The secret is keeping a style that doesn’t conflict with your piercing.

 • Style and Size of Lip Ring

If you have a bold personality and keep a simple enough style to pull off a bigger size or more unique style of ring, go for it with full gusto. However, if you’ve never dabbled in piercings at all, and are not sure what impact the ring will have on your style, keep it small and simple. You can always change styles and sizes of rings later.

If you are thinking about purchasing a lip piercing, but first want to brainstorm how to work it, consider the following style factors.

 • Hair

Hair is arguably one of the most important keys to an overall successful look. If you want to approach your lip ring with an intelligent, independent, or maybe even devious style, think about getting a medium or short choppy haircut. Remember, don’t go for something that looks perfectly shaped, like a pixie or a bob, but something a little messy and choppy. You can also create a more laid-back, feminine look by sporting extra long locks, either straightened, or with slight curls.

 • Accessories

Choosing accessories should be based on the color, material, and style of lip ring you’re wearing. Matching color and material is simple and radiant. Remember, don’t load up a conflicting assortment of accessories. This look is overdone, immature, and tacky.

Hopefully these ideas and tips will help guide you on the path of fashion success. Piercings are a symbol of appreciate for design and art. Don’t just get one on a whim or because someone dared you. Do it for you and your confident sense of style.

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