Adding rhinestones to your nail art is an easy way to take it from ordinary to extraordinary. But how do you get started?
Tips for adding rhinestones to nails
Using rhinestones in your nail art is a great way to add a touch of glamour and sparkle. With these easy tricks, you can have beautiful sparkling nails in no time. Grab your nail art supplies, get creative, and unleash your inner artist!
Prepare your nails
First, make sure your nails are clean and prepped for the rhinestones. Use a nail file and buffer to shape the nails and remove any ridges or imperfections. You may also want to use a base coat to make sure the rhinestones last.
Choose the right type of rhinestones
Rhinestones come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, so take some time to decide which type will best fit your nail art design. For a subtle look, try using small, clear rhinestones. For something more eye-catching, opt for larger, multi-colored stones.
Think about the placement
Take your time when you’re arranging the stones on your nails. If you’d like, use a template or stencil to help you create a symmetrical design.
Go light on the glitter
Glitter is a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your nails. However, when used in combination with rhinestones, it can be overpowering. Try to use glitter sparingly, perhaps only to accentuate the stones.
Use the right tools
A good set of tweezers or a rhinestone pickup tool can go a long way in creating the perfect rhinestone look. You may also want to have some nail glue and nail polish remover on hand, just in case.
Practice, practice, practice
Like any art form, the best way to get better is to practice. Experiment with different shapes and sizes of stones, and try out different placements and designs.
What about gems, pearls, and studs?
Rhinestones aren't the only nail art supplies that can add a touch of sparkle to your manicure. Gems, pearls, and studs can also be used to great effect. Just be sure to use some nail glue to secure them in place!
Steps for applying rhinestones to nails
Once you’ve got the perfect design, it’s time to start applying the rhinestones.
Paint on the adhesive
Use a small brush or the tip of a toothpick to paint on the adhesive onto the area where you want the rhinestones to go. For larger stones, you may need to use a thicker layer of adhesive.
Place the rhinestones
Next, use the tweezers to carefully pick up the stones and place them onto the adhesive. Press them down firmly so they stick.
Cure your rhinestones
Once all the stones are in place, it’s time to cure them. Place them under a UV light or LED lamp for a few minutes to make sure the adhesive and stones are secure
Finish with a top coat
Once all of the stones are in place, apply a thin layer of top coat to seal the design and make sure the rhinestones stay in place. This will also help to keep the rhinestones looking bright and shiny. Wait until the top coat is completely dry before you go outside or touch anything else.
Styles to Explore
Funky French Edges
Choose a contrasting color for the tips and use different sizes and colors of rhinestones to make it extra interesting.
Geometric Nail Art
Create some stunning geometric shapes using different colors and sizes of rhinestones. This look can be as subtle or as wild as you like.
Femenine Pink and Cream
For a soft and feminine look, pair pink and cream with some small clear rhinestones. This look works best with short to medium length nails and is perfect for special occasions.
Lacy Wedding Nails
Going to a formal, elegant event? Go for a lacy design using white and silver rhinestones.
Perfect for brides and bridesmaids, this will be sure to turn heads!
Mint Ice Cream
Create a cool and creamy look with mint and white rhinestones. This look is perfect for summer.
Bright ‘N Bold Coral
For a bold statement, try bright coral and pink rhinestones. This style is perfect for a night out and can be dressed up or down.
Remember to take care of those rhinestones!
Once your nails are complete, make sure to use a fast-drying top coat to protect them from chipping and fading.Take the time to remove the stones properly when you’re ready to switch up your nail art design.
No matter what type of nail art look you’re going for, it's important to protect your rhinestones with a long-lasting top coat. Make sure to use a top coat that is specifically made for use with rhinestones. This will help them stick and last even longer.
How to properly place your stones
To get the most out of your rhinestone application, try to always properly place your stones. This includes using the right amount of adhesive, laying out stones in the desired order, and pressing down firmly on each one so they stick. Tweezers can also be a great tool when placing stones as they allow you to work with precision.
Clean up your nail bed
When you’re done with your rhinestone design, take the time to clean up your nail bed. Use nail polish remover and a cotton swab to gently remove any excess adhesive. This makes sure that your design looks professional and tidy.
Ready to make your nails sparkle and shine?
Rhinestones are a great way to give your nails a bit of glamour and sparkle. Just remember to be creative and have fun! Planet Rhinestone has everything you need for those perfect, sparkling nails, from flashy stones to gems to a rhinestone pickup tool you can depend on.
Subtle and classic designs look great, as do wild and colorful creations. Get creative, and put your own unique twist on the rhinestone nail art trend!