How to Hide A Nose Piercing

There are lots of occasions where and reasons why a nose ring might need to be hidden, so we’re here to give you some handy tips on how to hide a nose piercing. Luckily, nose rings are easy facial piercings to disguise and hide. Among our collection of nose rings are some pieces of jewelry made specifically to help hide a nose piercing called retainers. Retainers are a type of jewelry that was designed for hiding piercings.

It is important that nose piercings need to be fully healed before changing the jewelry to avoid damaging the healing tissue.

Wear a Clear or Skin-Colored Retainer in Nostril Piercings

Retainers for nostril piercings are typically made from glass, silicone, or acrylic and are either clear or flesh colored, which makes them difficult to see (compared to a stainless steel piece with a gem top, they’re nearly invisible). There are a range of skin tones to choose from for the flesh-colored varieties. Retainers for nostril piercings are either nostril screw or pushpin styles and the tops have very low profiles or are flat, so they rest right against the nose.

Clear Nose Retainer

Wear a Septum Retainer or Flip Up the Jewelry for Septum Piercings

Septum piercings are able to be fully hidden because the jewelry “flips up” into the nose and is hidden by the nostrils. Depending on the style of septum ring, it may be possible to simply rotate the jewelry that is already in place—turning the ends from hanging down visibly to resting inside the nostrils. This doesn’t work with endless rings/hoops or clickers though! And some jewelry just may not stay in place once rotated.

Girl with a Septum Piercing

In these cases, septum retainers are a better choice. They are designed to rotate and stay in place, as well as featuring a low profile and minimalistic design for a comfortable fit. They are made of glass, stainless steel, titanium, silicone, or acrylic. There aren’t balls on the ends; rather, a septum retainer looks more like a letter “u” or a staple. Retainers can also be worn “down”, with the ends showing when desired.

How to Hide a Nose Piercing Without a Retainer

There is also an option to hide a nose piercing in the nostril without the use of a retainer. A small circle or square can be cut from bandage tape and placed over the piercing. Face makeup (foundation or coverup) can also be applied directly over the nose ring or over the bandage tape to further diminish the appearance when available.

While makeup or bandage tape can call a little more attention than a retainer, the nose piercing is still more hidden than with the standard jewelry. Be sure to clean the piercing with a saline solution after removing any tape and/or makeup to remove any build up or leftover debris.