The Difference between Monroe and Madonna Piercings

Madonna and Monroe rings are two popular lip piercings, and they are pretty similar, but there is a couple of differences between the two of them. There is the obvious difference that they have different names. But the main difference between Monroe and Madonna piercings isn’t that significant. Madonna and Monroe piercings both go through the upper lip and the same kind of Monroe rings are appropriate to wear for both piercings. Both piercings even got their names from the same reason: famous beauty marks!

The Monroe Piercing

The Monroe piercing is a lip piercing that is placed above the upper lip on the left side of the mouth. This placement was chosen to match the side where the famous 1950s actress and model Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark was located. This placement and the reason behind it are also the explanation for the name of the piercing, to distinguish it from the other lip piercings.

The Monroe Piercing

Monroe rings can go by multiple different names, one of the more popular one being “labret rings,” but the style is technically a flatback post. The flatback post is a great choice for both Madonna and Monroe piercings. There are two styles of flatback posts: ones with a ball that screw on and ones that are threadless that have a pin that pushes in to anchor the top ball in place. The part of the jewelry that rests against the inside of the lip is flat to minimize contact with the teeth.

Monroe Piercing Girl

The Madonna Piercing

The Madonna piercing is also a piercing on the upper lip, but it is on the right side of the mouth, opposite of where the Monroe ring is placed. This piercing mimics where the Queen of Pop’s beauty mark is located, so it is only fitting that this piercing is named after her. The name of this piercing also identifies where it is placed. As mentioned above, the same type of body jewelry is used for this piercing as the Monroe piercing.

Madonna Piercing

Madonna and Monroe Piercings Are Both Lip Piercings

And, both lip piercings are named after beauty marks on blonde bombshells! They are more specifically both upper lip piercings. They are even pierced the same way with the same kind of jewelry. Because both the Madonna and Monroe piercings are on the upper lip, they are usually pierced at 16 gauge. Flatback posts (or labret studs) are ideal for both piercings, especially for healing new Madonna or Monroe piercings. The aftercare is even identical for these two piercings because they are on the same part of the body.

The Difference between Monroe and Madonna Piercings is Placement

The placement of the Monroe piercing on the left side of the mouth/face and the placement of the Madonna piercing on the right side of the mouth/face is the big difference between the two piercings. Other than that, the piercings are very similar because they both pierce through the same area of the upper lip, and because the same type of jewelry (Monroe ring, flatback post, labret stud, etc.) is worn for both.

Written by Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel is a poet and Content Account Manager. She has been getting pierced for over 16 years, while taking the time to learn proper aftercare techniques from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) members. Always enamored by the jewelry options that exist for body modifications, she one day hopes to assist clientele with picking out jewelry and styling ears.