How to Fake Piercings

Written by elizabeth sobiski | 13/05/2017
How to Fake Piercings
Try fake piercings before committing to the permanent kind. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Fake piercings give you the opportunity to try something new without it being permanent, or to add more realism to a costume. Many fake piercing methods, whether glued on, clipped on or attached by magnets, can be difficult to distinguish from a real piercing. This type of body jewellery is available both online and at some retail outlets, usually wherever body jewellery is sold. It is important to note that while magnetic tongue rings are available, they can be harmful or fatal if swallowed.

Consider where you want your piercing. Fake piercings can be applied to many areas, including the nose, lips, eyebrows, ears, and navel. It is best to start with one area before overloading your face. Also, people may not believe you went and got so many piercings. Adding one at a time is more realistic.

Look at the size of the jewellery you are thinking about versus the size of the body part you are applying it to. For instance, if you are using magnetic earrings that look like gauges or stretchers, make sure your ear lobes are large enough to handle the size you have picked out. If they are bigger than your ear lobes, it may look like you are wearing clip-on costume jewellery.

Shop for and buy your jewellery. Since piercing is popular, there are a variety of shops that carry fake piercing jewellery. Usually if a shop carries pierced body jewellery, it will also sell the fake piercings. This type of jewellery is also available online.

Apply your new jewellery. One of the other benefits of fake piercings is that you get to move it around to find where you like it best. It is a good idea to wear the new jewellery at home first to make sure it stays put and that it is comfortable.


  • Avoid using magnetic jewellery in the mouth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid using magnetic jewellery in the mouth.

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