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Septum Piercings: 15 Pieces of Inspo That Are "Good As Hell"

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Getting a septum piercing is a hard decision, but it doesn't need to be. There are many perks to them: they're temporary, they're fun, they're an expression of self-love and sexuality. But there are also some pitfalls: piercing cartilage hurts, they're challenging to hide, and the world says they aren't professional. Here's the kicker, everything we've mentioned has an answer with septum piercings.

Celebrities and models can wear septum piercings without judgment, but what about the rest of us? Can metal in the center of your face fill a void and face a panic attack head-on? Well, yeah.

As someone who has been contemplating a septum piercing for years, here's my list of worries (and answers) to hopefully satisfy yours.

To start, it probably won't hurt as much as you think. There aren't many nerves in the spot where septum piercings are done, but pain tolerance does vary person to person, and it all just depends on how thick the nose cartilage is. It looks more painful than it is most of the time.

Your employer may not like facial piercings, but you don't have to tell them you have a septum piercing. That's the cool thing about this particular facial piercing. You absolutely have your freedom to make a statement with it or not. Septum rings come in a closed circle style (similar to nostril rings) as well as an inverted, open style that can be flipped up into the nose and concealed.

As with all piercings, it isn't going to hurt you if you decide you don't like your septum piercing after a week. We don't recommend taking out the piercing early, but if you do, scarring should be minimal.

Pretty much anyone can pull off a septum piercing. They look cute, sassy, sexy, and everything in-between. Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Willow Smith have tried the trend and looked great. They have been wearing septum piercings for years, so here are some of the most popular celebrities who have had septum rings throughout their careers.

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Nyané

Entrepreneur and model Nyané uses her septum ring as a prominent accessory, changing it to match her daily look. She has an eccentrically sexy style and favors portrait-style photos, so the piercing is the ideal accent.


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ROMAIN DUQUESNE/OYSTER MAGAZINE

Maia Mitchell

Australian actress Maia Mitchell is well-known for her roles in "The Fosters" and "Good Trouble." Her tiny nose is the perfect canvas for a septum piercing. She wore her septum ring for about a year-and-a-half before discarding the piercing for a more simple and understated style. It looked cute and edgy on her, but we can appreciate her slight style change.


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SEUNG LEE/CIVILIAN MAGAZINE

Zhavia Ward

Singer Zhavia Ward's voice is unlike any you've ever heard — soulful and captivating. She is well known for her blonde dreads, but her septum piercing is just as recognizable. It's a statement of individuality that we love on her. She wears a larger gauge hoop, making it more noticeable.


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Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel broke out her septum piercing for the 2013 Met Gala. As the event is known for its daring and unusual themes and styles, Biel's septum jewelry fit right in. Her dainty silver septum hoop was prominent, as it was her only jewelry.


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Willow Smith

Willow Smith made her mark on the world with "Whip My Hair" back in 2010, but she has long since begun to favor a more thoughtful and mellow demeanor. Smith is now better known for her modeling talents and is contracted with Kendall Jenner's agency. Smith's septum piercing is easily flipped up for her modeling gigs, demonstrating the piercing's versatility. On "Red Table Talk" with mom Jada however, Smith leaves her septum piercing on full display.


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Amber Rose

Amber Rose is known worldwide for her voluptuous figure and modeling for Ford Models at the start of her career, as well as for roles in movies like "School Dance," and TV show "Black-ish." Her septum piercing looked sultry and provocative while she had it. Rose favored wearing large, decorative septum rings that went perfectly with the rest of her look. We wish she still had it, but for now, we can only hope she will put it back in.


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FKA Twigs

Singer FKA Twigs has had an unconventional style since she debuted her first album in 2014, making her stand out as an artist. She frequently changes the jewelry in her septum piercing, often pairing it with chunky necklaces or minimalist chains.


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Bella Thorne

Actress Bella Thorne got her septum ring in 2016 and hasn't been seen without it since. It goes perfectly with her cool-girl attitude and laid-back style. The simple silver horseshoe is definitely a go-to for Thorne, but she changes it frequently.


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Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is known for her roles starring in movies like "Carrie," "Kick-Ass," and "The Amityville Horror," but did you know she had a septum piercing? Even girl-next-door types like Moretz have tried the cute septum piercing trend. She most often wears a simple silver ring in the hole, but the horseshoe-style ring is just as provocative.


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Jordin Sparks

Singer Jordin Sparks looks chic with her tiny-stud nose ring and complimentary silver septum hoop. Her septum piercing has always been an alluring addition to every look she has worn.


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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's pearl septum piercing is the crown jewel of her pearl-laden mermaid outfit. Dripping with glamour, Gaga demonstrates that septum piercings don't have to be simple to be sexy. She oozes with confidence in this 1920s look, a lá Gatsby.


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LUCY HEWETT/BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

Melanie Martinez

Singer Melanie Martinez is well known for her daring fashion choices. Her septum piercing is one of her accessories that we know well and love to see. The piercing adds to the eccentric glam of her look, and it looks incredible on her.


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ELLE

Nathalie Emmanuel

"Game of Thrones" and "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" star, Nathalie Emmanuel wears a minimalist septum ring in a small-gauge. The ring sits directly against her septum and is extremely easy to miss. Her chosen septum jewelry is consistently a gold-tone that looks gorgeous against her skin tone.


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Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz wore her septum piercing for years before taking it out. She was an absolute icon during the septum piercing craze and looked incredible with one. She most often sported a simple silver septum ring, although she would change it depending on the events she was attending.


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CRAIG MCDEAN/THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE

Rihanna

SingerRihannais known for sporting some of the biggest trends in the world —tattoos on her hands,tattoos around her collar bone,wearing curly bangs, andof course her sternum tattoos, to name a few — but her fake septum ring was a sight to remember. Yes, it was temporary ladies, but she looked hot. The ornate septum ring sat perfectly above her philtrum and drew the viewer's eyes toward her full pout.

We love septum piercings and hope the trend becomes more common in the coming years. For a facial piercing, septum piercings are incredibly versatile.

They please your cool-girl aesthetic, soothe your anxious inner diva better than a fresh dye job and lookgood as hell, all-in-one. What do you have to lose? If you don't want to show it off, put in a horseshoe ring or a smaller piece of septum jewelry. Decide you don't want it anymore? Take it out — no one will be able to tell.

Trust us, we understand that it can be a little nerve-wracking to get a new piercing. Needles are the worst, right? But look at it this way: for all the ways it could go wrong (mind you, there aren't many), there are five times as many ways a septum piercing can go right for you.

Like Lizzo says, "We have to start being more honest with what we need, and what we deserve, and start serving that to ourselves." For some, that thing we need is a kind shoulder or a moment of peace. For others, we soothe our inner divas with change. Septum piercings are a good type of change, just saying.