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The Best Ways to Attach Rhinestones and Charms to Your Nails

The Best Ways to Attach Rhinestones and Charms to Your Nails

11.14.14

By semick

Rhinestones, chains, studs, charms – you name it! Here are the best way to attach those embellishments to your nails.

Top Coat
Apply two coats of nail polish and let them dry completely. Then, apply a fairly thick layer of top coat and attach the embellishments to your nails. Follow with another layer of top coat over the rhinestones and all.
Pro: It’s by far the simplest and fastest way of attaching rhinestones and studs to the nail.
Con: It’s the least permanent option; you may lose stones as early as the next day.

Nail Glue or Resin
Apply a small dot of glue to your polished nail and adhere your embellishment. Hold it in place with an orangewood stick or tweezers so it doesn’t slip around on the nail while you wait for the glue to dry. Try a quick-dry glue like IBD 5-Second Ultra Fast Nail Glue. Apply top coat over the entire nail for extra stick.
Pro: It will give your stones some staying power.
Con: It can be difficult to work with and many glues lose their sticking strength as the product gets old.

Gel Polish
After curing your second coat of gel polish, attach the embellishment to the nail. Try Nailuv UV/LED Gel. The gel has a sticky layer, which will help keep your studs from slipping. Apply gel top coat over the entire nail, making sure to use your brush to get the gel in and around the embellishments as well as on top of them. Cure the nail and repeat with another coat.
Pro: It’s one of the best ways to ensure embellishments stay put for any length of time, and works well for larger charms and chains.
Con: At-home gels don’t usually have the same adhesive power as their professional counterparts.

And if all else fails, opt for pre-designed full-coverage nail tips that already have the 3-D embellishments on them. Try Kiss Luxury Nail Art. No muss, no fuss!

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