Will I Look Good With a Nose Piercing?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on November 6, 2020
    Last Updated: November 27, 2020

Nose piercings date back as far as 4,000 years. Throughout the Middle East, Northern Africa, and India, nose piercings have been used for marital purposes as well as Ayurvedic healing. 

Today, we use nose piercings—among other types of body piercings —to express ourselves. While there are some piercings out there that just won’t fit your body due to your physical makeup or for other various reasons, nose piercings are in a category of their own. 

If you’re thinking about getting a nose piercing, there are a few things you’ll want to consider first. The most important thing being how this new addition will look on your face. To learn more about nose piercing aesthetics, keep reading.


Who Looks Good With a Nose Piercing?

When it comes to nose piercings, it really doesn’t matter whether you have a large nose, a button nose, a crooked nose, or a straight nose. Nose piercings are suitable for all facial structures.

If you’re unsure that the standard nostril stud or hoop is right for you, don’t worry—you have several options. Remember, you could always get a second opinion from your professional piercer, who will be more than happy to help you figure out what will suit you best. 

Worst case scenario, you get a nose piercing, and you don’t like it. No worries, just take it out! 

Standard nostril piercings take between four and six months to heal. If you take your piercing out before the area is done healing, the hole should close up immediately. If you wait until after it heals, the hole may be there for several weeks.   

Either way, you don’t have to remain committed to your nose piercing if you decide it’s not for you.

So, the question isn’t necessarily would I look good with a nose piercing—it’s what kind of nose piercing should you go for. 

The Different Types of Nose Piercings

You’re likely only aware of two or three types of nose piercings. We’re guessing the nostrils, the septum, and possibly the bridge. However, the list of possible nose piercings includes (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Single nostril: A single piercing through the center of either nostril
  • Double nostril: Two consecutive piercings through the center of either nostril
  • Triple nostril: Three consecutive piercings through the center of either nostril
  • High nostril: Single piercing higher on the nasal bridge
  • Septum: Piercing that runs through the cartilaginous wall that divides both nostrils. Also known as the bull piercing 
  • Bridge: Horizontal barbell piercing through the skin at the bridge of the nose
  • Vertical tip: Vertical barbell piercing through the tip of the nose and septum. Also referred to as the rhino
  • Septril: A mix between the vertical tip and septum piercings; requires a stretched septum first
  • Nasal lang: Horizontal barbell piercing that runs through both nostrils and the septum
  • Austin bar: Runs horizontally through the tip of the nose

Some of the above piercings, such as the septril and the vertical tip, require you to have the right skin, vein, and bone structure. The more involved the nose piercing, the longer the healing time and commitment on your part. 

Combination nose piercings are also gaining traction. You may notice that many people opt for a pairing of nostril and septum piercings, which complement each other well, depending on the jewelry you choose.

The Different Types of Nose Rings

There are also several different types of nose rings you can choose from. Your nose ring options include:

  • Nose screws: Shown as a stud or precious stone that sits on top of the nostril. The hidden part is screw-shaped to hold the piercing in place
  • Nose bones: Similar to the nose screw but with a ball to secure it in place
  • Fishtails: Customizable studs that can be molded to almost any nose shape
  • Hoops: Circular rings that come in various options—beaded, jeweled, seamless, etc.
  • Circular/Horseshoe barbells: Resembles that of a half-hoop shape; perfect for septums and come in a variety of decorative options
  • Straight Barbells: Vertical pieces with balls that screw on to each end; designed for bridge, septum, septril, austin bar, nasal lang, and other piercings that require a straight piece of jewelry

Keep in mind that the type of nose ring you want may not work with the type of nose piercing you want. Additionally, nose rings come in an assortment of materials, including:

  • Surgical stainless steel
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Implant-grade titanium
  • Acrylic
  • PTFE
  • Silicone
  • Acrylic

The above listed are the safest materials to use for nose piercings. However, it’s essential to make sure you don’t have any skin allergies before deciding on the material you want. 

Our Final Thoughts

Nose piercings look good on everyone, granted they’ve chosen the right type of piercing and jewelry to go with it. When in doubt, go with a standard nostril piercing. You can always add to it later!

If you want to ensure your piercing heals the best it possibly can, it’s imperative that you follow your piercer’s aftercare advice closely, and be sure to invest in a high-quality aftercare solution to aid recovery.

The best piercing aftercare product I’ve ever had the pleasure of using up to this point is the After Inked Piercing Aftercare Spray. Not only is it vegan-friendly, but it’s also completely alcohol and additive-free. The solution works well on all skin types including sensitive skin, and it comes in a generously-sized mist-spraying bottle for easy application.

When using it from the very start of the healing process, the spray helps to decrease healing times and aims to eliminate any lingering pain or soreness.