Each nose stud listing is set up so that the drop-down selections match the example picture showing the different types of nose studs. For example, when you are looking directly at the charm, a right screw/L-bend will bend to the right, and a left screw/L-bend will bend to the left. This may be different from the way that you’re used to ordering your nose jewelry!
Do I need a left or a right bend for my nose piercing?
Technically, either bend can be worn on either side of the nose. If you're used to wearing nostril screws that bend a specific direction, then you may find that it feels awkward or difficult to insert the opposite bend direction the first few times you try. Choose the bend direction you find the most comfortable to wear!
Right nostril piercings: a left bend will curve toward the back of the nose, and a right bend will curve toward the tip of your nose.
Left nostril piercings: a right bend will curve toward the back of the nose, and a left bend will curve toward the tip of your nose.
If you don't mind going to a piercing shop, you will find that a fishtail (straight post, no bend) gives you the most flexibility. You can pay to have it custom bent to fit your nose perfectly. I highly recommend this route for jewelry that you plan to keep for a long time and wear often.
Quick Tip: Buying a nose stud as a gift for someone and don't know what they like to wear? I highly recommend getting a straight post so they can have the stud bent to their preference.
If you aren't sure what type of bend you want, then another good choice is an L-bend. The direction of the bend can be altered if you made a mistake ordering, and the tail shortened without marring the metal irreversibly.