The needle was super sharp and went right into my nostril with no problems. I iced my nose first and it wasn't as painful as I thought. I did nick the inside of my nose when I went through but that needle is really sharp and I didn't know my own strength. I used the 14 gauge with the small stud and it went through easily. Fits snug.Edit: Just a couple of things to note.1. Go to a professional. But if you're insistent like me, then heed a few things.2. If you do the nasal piercing, don't use the nose screw enclosed. Get one with a larger head or the skin will close up over it. Swelling will pull it in. I adjusted it where the end was sticking out until the swelling went down. Otherwise, I feel like it would have pulled through.2. Use the salt water! 3-4 times a day. Dont use tea tree oil or homemade treatments. I thought that would speed up the healing until I ended up with a huge swollen nose the 3rd day after piercing. It hurt so bad, I wanted to RIP it out. Boiled some water, let it cool, added sea salt without iodine and stuck my nose in it. This is day 5 and swelling and pain are a minimum. Now, I soak a cotton ball in the salt water and just let it rest on the outside and inside of the piercing.3. Dont mess with the piercing. So different from an ear piercing. Don't twist it. Just leave it be. Touch it when you clean it. Again resist the urge to twist.4. Use an antibacterial soap to clean your face or around piercing. I use Clean and Clear. Wash your hands before you start messing with the piercing. And really watch getting makeup, hair spray, lotions, etc... in the piercing.I'll add more tips after more healing time. Just wanted to give a few warnings so you don't have to experience some of the pain I did.