Step-by-step Guide To Choosing And Wearing Nose Pins

Step-by-step Guide To Choosing And Wearing Nose Pins

"Excuse me, could you help me unhook my nose ring from the inside of my nostril?" - Words no one ever wants to say.

And that's why it's so necessary to understand and pick the perfect nose fit meant for you! 

From the delicate elegance of a diamond stud to the bold statement of a tribal septum ring, nose pins offer a unique way to personalise your look - but how do you pick the right one to match your style? How do you wear it correctly? 

Let's answer all your questions step by step! 

Step 1: Piercing Prep (if necessary)

If you don't have a nose piercing, fret not! Many nose pins are clip-on styles that require no piercing at all. However, if you're getting a new nose piercing, ensure you visit a reputable piercer who uses sterile equipment. After the piercing, follow your piercer's aftercare instructions carefully to avoid infection. Always prefer hypoallergenic options like surgical steel, gold or implant-grade titanium are ideal. Once healed, explore options like silver, or even biocompatible plastics.

Choose a stud style nose pin for a new piercing, allowing ample healing time (usually 4-6 months) before switching to a hoop or other styles.

Step 2: Choosing the Piercing Placement

The type of nose pin you choose depends heavily on your piercing placement. The two most common types are:

Nostril Piercing: This is the most common location for nose jewelry. It pierces the fleshy part of the nostril, usually towards the front.

Septum Piercing: This piercing goes through the septum, the fleshy area between your nostrils.

Step 3:  Find Your Perfect Nose Pin Type

The key to comfortable and stylish nose pin wear lies in finding the right fit. Here's what to consider:

Nose Shape:

  • Round Nose: Opt for elongated or angular styles to create an illusion of length.
  • Long Nose: Consider smaller, delicate studs or hoops to maintain balance.
  • Hooked Nose: Straight studs or hoops work well to complement the natural shape.

Nose Pin Style:

1. Stud: A classic choice, perfect for everyday wear or new piercings.

  • Straight-screw studs: A secure option with a screw closure at the back.
  • Twist/Cork-screw: Unlike a traditional straight nose stud, a corkscrew nose pin has a curved or spiral design that helps it stay in place better. 

How to wear: To insert a corkscrew nose pin, you start by gently guiding the curved tip into the piercing, then slowly twist the rest of the pin clockwise into the nose using your fingers. To remove a corkscrew nose pin, you twist it counterclockwise and gently pull it out.

  • L-shaped pin: This pin has an L-shaped post that bends at a right angle, offering a secure and comfortable fit for nostril piercings.

How to wear: Gently insert the curved end of the L-shaped pin into your nostril piercing, angling it upwards slightly. Push it through until the other end is visible inside your nose. 

The angled L-shape design makes L-shaped nose pins generally more secure and comfortable to wear compared to straight nose studs. Go slowly, be gentle, and don't force the pin.

2. Hoop: Offers a more playful vibe, available in various sizes and thicknesses.

3. Horseshoe Ring (Septum): A curved barbell with decorative ends, perfect for septum piercings.

Step 4: Inserting The Nose Pin

 Here's a step-by-step guide:

  • Cleanse: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Disinfect the nose pin with an alcohol wipe (if not new).

  • Locate the Spot: Pinch your nostril to locate the "sweet spot" – the fleshy area where the piercing is or where you want the nose pin to sit. 

  • Steady Does It: Hold the nose pin's decorative end and gently push the post from the underside through the piercing or desired location.

  • Secure (For Screw Pins): If using a screw pin, gently tighten the back until secure but comfortable. For Clip-ons, just press it until it's snug.

Step 5: Taking Care of Your Nose Pin

  • Clean your nose pin regularly with warm water and a gentle soap.

  • Avoid touching or playing with your nose pin excessively, as this can irritate the piercing.

  • While your piercing heals, avoid using harsh soaps, makeup products, or swimming pools around the area.

  • When sleeping, choose a comfortable sleeping position that won't put pressure on your nose piercing.

Tips to consider: 

For new piercings 

  • Your nose pin should feel comfortable and secure, not tight or painful. If it feels uncomfortable, adjust the placement or choose a different style.

  • While a simple stud can be worn every day, a statement ring might be better suited for a special occasion.

  • Nothing quite adds a touch of edge to a simple tee and jeans combo better than a simple diamond nose pin

  • Match your nose pin to your outfit's color palette or theme for a cohesive look. Get on some gemstone nose pins for this! 

  • Start with a simple gold nose pin until your piercing heals completely.

  • Experiment with different styles and materials to find what suits your personality and style.

For Existing Piercings:

  • Lubricate: For easier insertion, especially with delicate hoops, apply a touch of petroleum jelly to the end of the pin.

  • Don't force it: If the pin doesn't slide in easily, consult a piercer to ensure proper placement.

  • Start small again: If you haven't worn a nose pin in a while, it's best to ease back in with a smaller, simpler stud.

We agree— this nose pin struggle is so real (but SO worthy!) And then, can we talk about the struggle of finding a cute nose ring that doesn't cost a fortune?

Let's not! Coz' with Angara, there's no need! 

We provide BIS Hallmarked gold and certified gemstones of both natural and lab-grown origins. Plus they are all customisable and handcrafted to match your style.

So go ahead, find your dream nose pin at Angara - customise, flaunt, and feel fabulous!


1. What type of nose pin is best?
Nose pins made of hypoallergenic metals like gold are the best to wear, especially after a new piercing. 

2. What is the difference between a nose pin and a nose screw?
A nose pin is a straight post that goes through the nostril piercing, while a nose screw has a curved end that screws into the nostril piercing. 


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