With all the different ways that a lip could be pierced, there is absolutely one style that stands out more than others, being none other than the incredibly sexy Monroe piercing. While many individuals may not realize this fun fact, this type of piercing is named after the amazingly talented and beautiful, infamous sex symbol – actress Marilyn Monroe. Her famously known birthmark inspired this style of lip piercing that has become one of the most requested piercings in every piercing studio across the globe.
In light of true history, you may hear this type of piercing referred to as the Crawford as well, since Ms Cindy Crawford also has an infamous birthmark in nearly the same location. The piercing is essentially done just above the center of the upper lip and a bit off to the left. This birthmark that both stars were naturally born with took the world by storm and became the envy of nearly every young female.
Although there are many different styles of the Monroe piercing, it has never ceased its popularity. Some common versions may include such as the Madonna piercing, which is located in the same position on the other side of the upper lip. Knowing which piercing you want and the proper name may save you a ton of headache when you get the piercing done, since calling it by the wrong name may very well get you a a piercing on the opposite of the intended side.
Monroe Piercing Jewelery
Choosing the right type of Monroe piercing jewelry can make or break the design on your face. While some pieces may look extremely nice, others will highlight some not-so-fabulous details on your face such as blemishes, fine lines or scars. Surgical studs or labret jewelry is the most commonly used to pierce the skin and will also make the healing period more smooth.
Proper Monroe Piercing Terminology and Information
The Monroe piercing is one that quickly gained exposure and popularity since it can be done relatively quickly and can be removed as needed without the risk of closing quickly. While many tattoo and body piercing artists are experienced in doing this type of piercing, it is always best to ask as many questions as possible to ensure you are comfortable with them. The process should only take a few minutes to complete. While you will leave with a fitted surgical steel jewelry, initially intended for a labret piercing, once healed, you can easily change the jewelry to a stud of your choice.
Monroe Piercing Aftercare
Taking care of your Monroe piercing is of vital importance. Since it will take a good 3-10 weeks to fully heal properly, eating plenty of cold products such as ice and ice cream, along with sugar free products will help reduce the swelling. Antibacterial mouthwash such as Listerine will also help. Stay away from sugar based mouthwashes such as Scope to avoid aggravating the lip and surface area.
Compared to other types of lip piercings, Monroe piercings have become popular since they also accent other types of lip piercings rather well such as spider bites and even nose piercings. Since they are more dainty in nature, they have become more popular amongst women, but it is not uncommon to see men sporting them as well. However, when men opt for this type of piercing, they will usually utilize a more masculine type of piercing jewelry such as spikes or charm pieces.
For such as relatively small surface piercing, Monroe piercings have the ability to accent any type of facial piercing in a unique and elegant way. Here are some more examples of how a Monroe piercing can completely change your facial features!