Sparkling Up a Manicure With Glitter and Rhinestones

5 years ago
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There are so many weddings, beach parties, and other special events in the summer that it's the perfect time to revamp your style and add a little glam. Adding rhinestones, and maybe a little glitter, too, to manicures is a super easy, yet effective, way to bump it up to a sparkling new level.

Rhinestones are an affordable and easy to find nail art material. You can find wheels of the crystals in many shapes and sizes at any beauty or nail supply store for under $5.

Check out these ones from Born Pretty Store!

Adding some sparkle to your nails really is as easy as one-two-three:

1. Paint your nails with 2 or 3 coats of your desired shade.

2. Pick up a rhinestone with tweezers/a wet toothpick and place it on your not-quite-dry polish. You can make a pattern, such as a flower or a bow, or place a single rhinestone at the top of your nail for a modern glam look.

3. Seal with a thick layer of top coat and voila! You've added an extra dimension to an old, traditional style.

TIP: If you place the rhinestone and don't like it, just push it into place gently with your tweezers or toothpick. It should move easily, as long as your polish isn't too wet.

Below you can see a couple of ways I've added rhinestones to enhance a manicure look.

The rhinestones and the glitter gradient that you can see in my first manicure example above are super easy, pretty approaches to nail art. They add that extra something to both looks that instantly glams up the manicure. This is such a simple trick to add a bit of sparkle, I can see myself using it time and again for special events.

The rhinestones are quite durable in the nail polish. I've never had an issue with one coming off or chipping. The rhinestones I've used in these examples are also small enough to be practically unnoticeable in daily activities. I'm a big fan of over-the-top deco Japanese nail art, but sometimes the designs are complicated, and a little impractical. A simple rhinestone design is reminiscent of the deco style, but a lot more manageable.

What do you like to do to give your nails a bit of instant glam?

This post is part of BlogHer's Revamp Your Style editorial series, made possible by Schick Hydro Silk.

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