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Illustrated Guide to Eyebrow Piercings

Learn about the wide variety of eyebrow piercing options.

Learn about the wide variety of eyebrow piercing options.

Eyebrow Piercing Types

The earlobes and cartilage are not the only places that can be pierced on an ear; the center is not the only spot that can be pierced on a tongue; and the eyebrow is not the only place that can be pierced on, well, an eyebrow.

Types of Eyebrow Piercings

  1. Vertical Piercing
  2. Horizontal Piercing
  3. Bridge Piercing
  4. Anti-Eyebrow Piercing
  5. Spiral Piercing
  6. T Piercing
  7. Multiple Piercings

1. Vertical Piercing

A typical eyebrow piercing is pierced vertically through the eyebrow, anywhere along the ridge. The most common eyebrow piercing is usually at a 35-degree angle from the outside corner of the eye and placed somewhere from the outside edge of the brow to just over the eye, but it can be placed anywhere along the brow.

They take about 6-8 weeks to heal and, because they are a surface piercing, they run the risk of migration (which happens when the piercing moves from its original location gradually over time or because the body is rejecting the foreign object and attempting to push it out). Barbells or captive bead rings are appropriate jewelry for standard eyebrow piercings.

2. Horizontal Piercing

Another common type of piercing is the horizontal eyebrow which, obviously, is pierced horizontally across the upper brow ridge. It should be done with a surface bar, which goes into the skin at a 90-degree angle and travels under the skin at a constant depth (like a staple shape) rather than a curved barbell.

3. Bridge Piercing

A bridge piercing goes through the bridge of the nose (the fleshy part at the top of the nose between the eyes). Done with a straight barbell or surface barbell, the bridge piercing is not for everybody. If the skin between your eyes is very tight and thin, it may heal crooked or be a prime candidate for migration.

4. Anti-Eyebrow Piercing

An anti-eyebrow piercing (sometimes called a teardrop) is basically a piercing on the place where your eyebrow would be if your face were upside down and your eyebrows were beneath your eyes instead of above them. It is also a surface piercing that appears to be adorning the cheek rather than the eye. As such, it should use a surface bar rather than a barbell.

5. Spiral Piercing

A spiral eyebrow is a variation of the standard eyebrow piercing, only instead of one piercing, it is comprised of two or three consecutive holes. A special, spiral-shaped piece of jewelry is then looped through each of the holes.

T Eyebrow Piercing

T Eyebrow Piercing

6. T Piercing

Another variation on the standard eyebrow piercing is the T eyebrow, which is essentially a standard vertical combined with a horizontal so that a "T" shape is formed.

Multiple Eyebrow Piercings

Multiple Eyebrow Piercings

7. Multiple Piercings

Finally, two or more different types of piercing can be combined to form a multiple, or combination, piercing.

Eyebrow Piercing Types, Heal Times, and Jewelry

PlacementHeal TimeJewelry


6-8 weeks

barbell or captive bead


6-8 weeks

surface bar


8-10 weeks

straight or surface barbell

Anti Eyebrow (Teardrop)

6-8 weeks

surface bar


6-8 weeks

special spiral jewelry

T Eyebrow

6-8 weeks

two straight surface bars


6-8 weeks

depends on which types you combine!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about facial piercings.

Do you really risk nerve damage and numbing with an eyebrow piercing?

Let's clear up one of the most prevalent myths about eyebrow piercings—the one that says half your face will go numb if it is pierced incorrectly. This is mostly false. In order for your face to go numb, nerves would have to be affected. Bundles of nerves tend to congregate near bone and beneath the muscle. An eyebrow piercing is a surface piercing that, if done correctly, rests just below the skin; it should never go so deep that it comes anywhere near muscle or bone.

Should I use a gun or a needle to pierce an eyebrow?

A needle is definitely the way to go here. Because it requires an in-piercing and an out-piercing, it's not something an amateur can be trusted with. Make sure to get it done by a trained professional who knows how to use a needle.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Hannah on May 03, 2019:

I already have my eyebrow pierced but I am IN LOVE with the spiral one it's so pretty and unique

Jeff on July 25, 2013:

If you do get it redone, make sure they use a ndeele! So many piercing studios use guns- which are ok on the ear lobe, but if you use them on cartilage there is an increased risk of it splitting and shattering. (Blunt stud forced through... ouch!) Needles are the way forward! Personally I'd wimp out at upper ear or inner ear, but think they'd look good on you! :)x

Reya on November 30, 2011:

My ex had his bridge done. It looked really nice but he ended up taking it out because it was making him go cross-eyed.

Jinx on November 24, 2011:

I want an anti-eyebrow and now I'm thinking of a spiral eyebrowbrow. I think the guy with the T eyebrow peircings are too bulky.

sexy diva on November 18, 2010:

i want a chin piercing,it is absolutely super hot

shylaaa on October 20, 2010:

ahah idk how this workss like im14 and i want an anti eyebrow like reallyy really bad but i have to convince my dad to let me get it done so anyy goodd things about it or advice how to do thatt? and how much do you think it would hurttt?!?

Glitterpixiee on October 14, 2010:

I want an anti eyebrow. They are super hot!

Adrienne on August 13, 2010:

I have an anti eyebrow and love it! only took 3 weeks for mine to heal. and everyone says they love it on me. not sure if it's a thing everyone can pull off though.

Rigodon on July 17, 2010:

I love anti eyebrow *,* If You have kind of body that not reject any piercing that's great ! ;P Only clean it 2 a day & it'll heal fast as hell ! I assure You ;) OMG, I'm addicted piercing XP.

Roarr on June 23, 2010:

The chick with the anti eye brow piercing is hot.

I'd happily go bi for her :]

The horizontal piercings are pretty sweet. :D

la plebe on October 13, 2009:

wow i going to get one

Dakota on June 18, 2009:

I'm really not sure why nobody has said it yet, but the girl before the spiral picture is effing hot, and the Anti-eyebrow looks amazing on her!

Ashee on March 29, 2009:

Just wanted to say that I love the pics! I've had a regular eyebrow, a bridge, and now I have a horizontal eyebrow. They are really fun and neat and definitely a piercing I'd suggest to anyone thinking about getting one!

Ashley on March 22, 2009:

The first guy with the spiral eyebrow piercing is cool. I want one like it too. I already have the holes I just can't find a spiral long enough to go through both. Any help would be nice thanks!

ShimOrgasm on March 10, 2009:

so so cute

skonk on January 08, 2009:

yeah i like the sprial percing the 1st guy own with the cones it awesome i wanna do mine tooo

lacey on December 11, 2008:

i like all them they are neat.

will on August 29, 2008:

the last girl here's is hott and i love her piercing

jaymz from USA on January 30, 2008:

I'm not a big fan of anti-eyebrow piercings. I've had my eyebrow piercing ripped out twice. I've given up having it done.

beth merrill on November 15, 2007:

wow verry interresting but i like it