Monday, April 23, 2012

tutorial - rhinestone nails

Happy Monday guys!

I get a lot of friends and readers saying that they don't have the skills or patience for our manicures, but we've got a REALLY easy technique to show you this week. This isn't the greatest manicure if you're using your hands a lot but it's a great look for a special occasion if you're trying to add some bling :) Here's an easy nail technique for sticking mini rhinestones on!



Here's what you'll need:
- a base colour (I chose some generic pink, it has no label!)
- a clear top coat
- rhinestones (ours are just from ebay)
- a toothpick


Start with a base coat & a couple coats of your base colour


Then after your nails are completely dry, do a thick coat of top coat. This acts as your "glue" for your rhinestones, so you have to work quickly!


Take your toothpick & touch it to some clear polish


Now you'll be able to use your toothpick as a tool to pick up a rhinestone!


Make sure to touch the tip of the toothpick to the TOP side of one to pick it up


Then just touch the rhinestone to your wet top coat & press down firmly to stick it in place :)


Continue in whatever pattern you choose & reapply top coat as glue if it's drying too quickly.


I used the top coat to coat my nails (and to reinforce the glue) but it took away a bit of the facets of the rhinestones that gave them a nice shine. I would recommend adding topcoat along the sides of the stones, being careful not to smother them if you want to maintain that "bling"!



& there you go! Rhinestone nails!
They do manage to make it hard to pick up change from smooth countertops & the rhinestones would snag my hair sometimes, but the stones all stayed on for a full week (except for the ones at the very tips of my fingers!)

Are you gonna try these out? Or is it too much bulk for your tips?!


4 comments:

  1. that pink color is amazing (: I love your blog

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  3. I love pink. That is my favorite color. What typical rhinestones do you use in your project?

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