Introduction: How to Pierce Your Lip

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This instructable is to teach those of you who want to pierce your own lip exactly how to do it. I know many people will tell you it's not 'safe' or 'sanitary', but I've done all my piercings on my own, and pierced my lip twice when I was 13. To this day, I still have my piercings, and I never had an infection or a rejection due to self - piercing. So if you're eager to pierce your own lip and are willing to accept the risks, then let's begin! *Note: I do NOT accept any responsibility for anyone else's actions. If you chose to pierce yourself and something happens, I AM NOT LIABLE. Thanks. :]*

Step 1: Step One: Gather Your Materials

So when I pierced my lip, I had very minimal supplies, and I definitely didn't have professional equipment. So for you to pierce your lip, here's what you will need:

* Some Type Of Numbing Agent *Optional* (An ice cube or some type of frozen item should work. Personally, I didn't notice any real difference between 'numbing' it and not. I did one side of my lip with ice and one without, and they both felt the same. However, if you feel the ice would help, by all means go for it.)

* Isopropyl Alcohol Or An Alcohol Wipe (I didn't use one, but you should use one to wipe and prep the outside part of your lip that you plan to pierce just to make sure the surface is clean and also to wipe the piercing needle after it has been sterilized.)

* Latex/Nitrile Gloves *Optional* (Like the kind that doctors use. I didn't use any, but it keeps any germs on your hands from soiling your sanitization and sterilization efforts.)

* A Sewing Needle/Piercing Earring/Sharp Instrument (I used a piercing earring [an earring that has a sharp point] for one side and a sewing needle for the other side. Personally, I felt the piercing earring was easier because it allows you to skip the step of waiting with the needle in your lip and twisting it to loosen it. You also don't have to worry about pulling the needle out, trying to get the earring in, and worrying about loosing the hole.)

* An Earring (You only need an earring if you are piercing your lip with a needle or anything other than an earring. DO NOT try to put in any kind of body jewelry just yet, as your hole will not be big enough. You need to put in a regular 18 Gauge earring.)

* A Lighter And Hand Sanitizer (You will use this to sterilize your needle/piercing tool.)

* A Permanent Marker *Optional, But Recommended* (You will use this to mark the place on your lip you plan to pierce to make sure it is where you want it to be. Use a sharpie because if you place the dot on your lip with a regular marker then wipe over it with an alcohol wipe, it will come off.)

Now that you have everything you need, get to the bathroom or a room with a mirror and a clean surface to lay out your tools.

Step 2: Step Two: Sanitize & Sterilize

Grab an alcohol wipe or some hand sanitizer and a clean cloth and wipe down your counter where you are going to lay all your materials. Take your needle/piercing tool, and cover it with hand sanitizer. Then, take the lighter and hold the flame to it for 30 seconds to a minute. Take care not to light your hands on fire or burn yourseld in this process, as the metal will get hot. Lay down your piercing needle/tool on your clean counter. Take your Sharpie or permanent marker (if you have one) and mark the outside of your lip where you plan to pierce it. Then, pull your lip out, and mark the inside, making sure it's lined up with the outside hole as best you can. Wipe your full lip (regardless of where you plan to pierce it) with an alcohol wipe, including the inside part. Yes, wiping the inside of your lip with isopropyl alcohol is safe, it just doesn't taste the best. Next, wash your hands, and if you choose to use gloves, put them on. You are now prepped and ready to go!

Step 3: Step Three: Piercing Time

If you chose to numb your lip, now is the time to do it. You want to hold the ice/frozen item on the INSIDE part of your lip for it to have any effect. Hold the ice/frozen item on the inside of your lip for about 5-7 minutes, or until you feel comfortable with the level of numbness. Regardless whether you numb your lip, you WILL still feel it, but it's not as bad as most people would think. After your lip is numb, take your piercing tool, and put the point on the dot on the INSIDE of your lip. * If you are using a piercing earring, go from the outside, in. Do everything the same, except reversed. You want to push through the outside of your lip completely through the inside.* You want to pierce your lip from the inside out. It allows the needle to go through more accurately and more smoothly. Hold your lip between your thumb (on the outside part) and your index and middle finger (on the inside with a space between them.) You should be able to see your dot between your fingers. Take your piercing tool and start pushing it through. As you push it through, check to see that your piercing tool will exit through your outside dot. This will help to make sure your hole is straight. Push until the needle is all the way through. Congrats! You now have a lip piercing!

Step 4: Step Four: Replacing the Needle & Finalizing

If you used a piercing earring, you're done, really. Skip to the next step to learn how to keep it clean. If you used a needle, however, you have a bit more work to do. You need to twist the needle until it moves freely without any resistance. This varies in how long it takes depending on the person. Twist it left and right, and push and pull it back and forth through the hole. The more you are able to work the needle freely, the easier and more successful putting the earring in will be. You may also wish to leave the needle in for an extended period of time (30 minutes to 4 hours) while working on twisting and moving the needle to make the next part easier. Once you feel you have done this enough and feel you're ready to put the earring in, go get a regular earring. Sterilize it the same way you did with the needle (hand sanitizer and a lighter). Then, pull the needle out, holding your lip the same way you did when you pierced it, and try to put the earring in. You need to move rather quickly, working the earring through the hole from the outside, in. Wiggle, twist, and push until you get the earring through. Once you get it through, get a secure backing, put it on, and check your new piercing.

Step 5: Step Five: Cleaning & Caring for Your Piercing

Now that you have a lip piercing, you need to care for it. You can either use isopropyl alcohol or aftercare products from piercing shops. You can also, however, just use warm salt water. NEVER USE PEROXIDE!! Peroxide causes the piercing to scab over, and the piercing will try to close. I recommend the isopropyl alcohol, personally. You want to leave your piercing in all the time for the first week, twisting it occasionally every day to keep it free and use the alcohol to clean around the piercing. After the first week, take out the earring, clean it thoroughly with whatever you chose to clean it, and also clean your lip thoroughly. Then put the piercing back in, and keep cleaning it occasionally when needed. Your lip will be swollen afterward for a while, and the best thing to do for swelling is ice. It will also be sore, but this too will pass. You can use ice or Oragel for the pain. Your piercing should heal completely within 6 -8 months. You can change your jewelry as you please, just keep it clean.

Well, you're done! You now have a lip piercing!

Step 6: How My Piercings Came Out...

Picture of How My Piercings Came Out...

I was 13 when I did both, and I put in metal hoops. My piercings never got infected, and my body didn't reject them. Above is my photo of when I was 13 and my piercings I did. Hope you guys liked this. I put a lot of effort into it. ^^


H0neyP made it! (author)2015-12-19

Yay :-) :-)

LenoraS1 (author)H0neyP2017-12-25


emmy_Bear (author)H0neyP2016-12-29

Looks cute!

Jala Hutchinson (author)H0neyP2016-06-06

Great job

python111 (author)2015-04-15

I used a pin to pierce my lip and it worked

Ashifer (author)python1112017-04-01

You really shouldn't use a pin, like, ever. Sewing needles are the best alternative to getting you piercing done professionally, as they are made from the almost same metal as medical grade needles. You still have to sanitize and sterilize it, but you should never use a pin, because they will most likely transfer germs and your piercing will probably get infected.

Shakirahfazli1 (author)python1112015-06-15

How much did it hurt on a scale of one to ten cause I want to try

camo1993 (author)Shakirahfazli12015-11-01

I had mine done and I'd say around a 4-5 it was a quick process :)

KayteeO (author)2017-03-26

Do u need a Hollow needle to do this

H0neyP (author)2015-12-19

How can i hide it from my family? Mainly mom...

pinkyuuu (author)H0neyP2017-03-18


Jala Hutchinson (author)H0neyP2016-06-06

You can't ?

millyc1 (author)H0neyP2015-12-23

Hello sorry im late anyway you can apply the same skin tone color of your skin to the piercing stud or you can leave it for hours then take it off in front of your mom and then put it back and sleep with it at night

mmarie_02 (author)2017-03-14

I actually did this and my lip has not gotten infected its easy to hide from my parents and it looks so B.A. i love it

pinkyuuu (author)mmarie_022017-03-18

Cool how did u hide it?

pinkyuuu (author)2017-03-18

Thanks so much I'm doing this today!

pinkyuuu (author)2017-03-17


LizzieA4 (author)2017-02-20

Could i use something other than an earring and if so what could i use?

Jahneisha (author)2017-02-20

how long do i need the neddle in my lip and when do i put the earring in?

emmy_Bear (author)2016-12-29

I dont have a needle or any of the thjngs you said but could i use something else other than it?

KaleyS (author)2016-01-10

What do you do if you can't get the jewelry all the way through and closed because of the swelling?

Jala Hutchinson (author)KaleyS2016-06-06

Take it out!

VictoriaM47 (author)2016-01-28

When can I change the ear ring to a real lip ring?

It's going to be pretty hard to find an 18 gauge lip ring

Jala Hutchinson (author)2016-06-06

This is the worst way possible to pierce your lip. It's like you were to obsessed with waiting to get it done. Don't do it this way at all!

swelch5 (author)2016-04-12

this is the single most insane thing i've ever read in my life!


not only is a regular earring a HORRIBLE idea, but a sewing needle?? and twisting it in a fresh wound for up to 4 hours?!


anyone that actually follows these "instructions," is not only freaking insane, but going to get a gnarly infection, possibly bad enough to need hospitalization. oh, and the "advice," about taking a fresh piercing out to hide from mom, and putting it back in, is ludicrous! you will not only lose your piercing, but possibly your lip as well.

people, please, do ACTUAL research on body modifications, instead of following an instructable from a teenage NON professional.

millyc1 made it! (author)2015-12-23

Was nerveous and scared at first but then i chanted to myself that i got this .ive done it many times before .and i self poerce many times and tips from me are to use
Rubbing alchol pads (steralize everything)
And a hollow needle with the earing you want its so much easir to put on. Thats what i Used .

millyc1 (author)millyc12015-12-23

Also your lip can get swollem apply salt with water it lowers it do it daily 2-3 times a day also you can apply ice and ice it. Good luck

ciaraM1 (author)2014-10-03

i pierced my lip myself yesterday and im 13 it is swollen and im not sure if its ok. i use warm water a salt to clean it but the swelling hasnt gone down on bit..

camo1993 (author)ciaraM12015-11-01

I have had mine done by a professional and yes it did swell up as well it will eventually go down :)

Shakirahfazli1 (author)ciaraM12015-06-15

Can u please tell me how much it hurt cause I really want to do it

sydnib (author)ciaraM12014-12-04

I had my lip done professionally on the top and it swelled up really big just put ice on it. Nothing is wrong mine went down by noon once i drank a slushy. Just keep it really clean if there was an infection there would probably be puss, redness, and a uncomfortable feeling around the stud kinda itchy feeling/ kinda soar.

sammie_says_rawr (author)ciaraM12014-10-28

I've had my lip pierced for a year now and it is constantly swelling due to my sensitive skin. What I do to get rid of the swelling is:
Option 1: get salt water and swish it around in your mouth (just to get all of the germs out).
Option 2: suck on ice or just put ice on your lip. Do NOT take out your lip ring! The hole will close!
I know this reply is a bit late. Sorry. It's good for future references though ^-^

MrWain (author)2014-06-02

First of all, very well written instructable, you break up all
the areas nicely and go into depth explaining each section, the only
improvement would be the addition of step by step photos to show a visual
representation of the step.

Second, you shouldn’t be using a permanent marker; you want to
use a nontoxic pen or a specially designed marking pen that a professional
would use.

Third, you should not be piercing any body part with an earring,
especially not your lip. Piercing earrings are designed to puncture through the
skin and cause a lot of damage to the area (this is fine in the ear) they are
not designed to pierce the skin like a professional needle. A professional uses a variety of tools which allows them to positon the piercing correctly and support the area during the procedure.

Fourth, you should not use any form of numbing! you may consider
numbing agents since you are doing it yourself however by numbing the area you make it harder and therefore tougher to pierce. An analogy for this (which a
good friend and professional piercing and tattoo artist for 10+ years) told me
is you wouldn’t cut a frozen piece of steak.

Finally, don’t pierce yourself in this method, a professional
must train for years to gain QUALIFICATION to pierce a humans body, they do this training through the form of an apprenticeship and work very hard to be good at their trade. It is simply obscene to pierce yourself since it is an inexpensive service offered around the word.

In conclusion, you have a well written instructable and for this
I applaud you, as stated the only improvement would be the addition of photos
throughout to represent what the masses of information are saying. On a
negative note, you should not be piercing yourself, especially not in this method and with no disrespect to you the piercings in the final photo seem off balance from each other and out of optimal position (optimal position would be decided by yourself and the pericing artist and takes alot of time, practise and expierence to decide where to positon the piercing), this is most likely due to inability to correctly position the location and the use of novice tools.

Good Day. I apologize if any offence is taken this was not my intention.

LuciB (author)MrWain2015-08-01

I'm glad I read down more. I was about to say this myself. I'm glad I got my info right.

IveSeenItAllBeforeXx (author)2015-07-13

Can i use a normal earring to do this?

A normal earring could work but i recommended a needle because it's sharper so you don't stress the skin as much when you pierce it

C_chavez1 (author)2015-01-31

It's like everyone on here did their own lip piercing at 13 including me ?? I did it 3 times and it never got infected it hurt a lot but it didn't get infected I did most of the same things she did

kaylynnlovely (author)2014-12-10

I am 13 and i pierced my own lip and i had no trouble at all a actual professional asked me where i got it done when i told her i did it myself she said wow it looks like a professional did it .....i had no help

jun0bug (author)2014-12-06

I pierced my septum, both nostrils and snakebites. All have healed fine, as long as your not silly and take hygienic approach it should be fine.

A lot of people ask if self-piercing is sore also...Only my septum made my eyes water. The other ones were tolerable >:":<

Barbie Quinn (author)2014-11-13

When you numb your lip with ice, does it hurt really bad? or just a little bit.. Thanks!

Kiteman (author)2014-05-30

This would have been much more useful with your own photos, instead of googled images, although I am fairly sure others will question your technique.

KaylaMissKhaoz (author)Kiteman2014-05-30

I know, I'm sorry. I'm not on my own laptop, which has all my pictures on it. My laptop got lost in a move, and I'm still trying to recover it. I did my lip over 3-4 years ago, and I don't have pictures of me doing my own, anyway. :/ I will upload a picture of what my piercings look like, though.

Kiteman (author)KaylaMissKhaoz2014-05-30

Maybe if a friend was going to do it, you could take pictures of them?

KaylaMissKhaoz (author)Kiteman2014-05-30

That's actually a really good idea. I will do that.

Kiteman (author)KaylaMissKhaoz2014-05-30

When you do, drop an email to, and let them know. Right now, your googled images mean your project has been removed from the public lists, but they can put it back when you've fixed the photos.

princessbaker16 (author)2014-05-30

amazing i love how detailed you made this lol love ya besty

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