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Nail art tutorial: Studded accent nail

In this tutorial I will show you how to recreate a studded accent nail look that I originally made to go with a collar bought in Miss Selfridge. It is quite simple to create yourself and is a great way to jazz up a plain manicure.

studded nail art tutorial

I will show you how to create it over a black base but also give examples of other colour combinations you could use. The best thing about this design is that the possibilities are endless; you can choose the colours to match an outfit or even go for something neutral with a bit of edge. Before you start you will need some 2 millimetre square studs and rhinestones, both of which you can easily find online. I also recommend using a good base coat and top coat to protect your nails and give a shiny (or matte) perfect finish.

Step-by-step instructions


Paint base coat

Paint a base coat over your nails to protect them. I used Seche Rebuild and nail strengthener as my nails are currently quite weak.
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Paint colour

Paint your nails a base colour — I used Barry M Black — and let them dry completely. You can paint a layer of Seche Vite top coat over it to speed up the drying process.
nail art tutorial


Select your studs

For this look I used 2 millimetre gold square studs, 1.5 millimetre clear rhinestones and 2 millimetre round gold studs.
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Start placing the studs

On your accent nail (your ring finger) start with a line of square studs down the middle. You can use clear polish to stick the studs into place or, if you want them to last longer, use nail glue. Elegant Touch do a brush on glue that is very easy to work with.
 nail art tutorial - place studs

Tip: The best way to apply the studs is by using tweezers with a touch of top coat or glue on them. This way the stud can be picked up and stuck on the nail in one go. To do this apply the glue or top coat to your nail first then gently touch the surface of the nail with the tweezers. Then touch the surface of the stud to pick it up and put it in place.
nail art tutorial - gluing studs


Add rhinestones

Either side of the square studs stick some small, round rhinestones using the same method as in step 4.
nail art tutorial - add rhinestones


Add gold studs

On either side of the rhinestones stick the round gold studs as in step 4.
nail art tutorial - add gold studs


Add top coat

Paint a layer of top coat over the studded nail to make the studs and rhinestones stay on longer.
nail art tutorial - add topcoat


Paint matte polish

Paint a matte polish over the unstudded black nails to give a contrasting look. My favourite matte topcoat is Rimmel Matte Finish.
nail art tutorial - paint matte polish

It’s as simple as that!

Additional looks to try:

Blue sapphire accent: use Essie Aruba Blue, silver square studs and sapphire rhinestones.
Sapphire nail art

Red Multicolour Accent: use OPI Monsooner or Later and a mixture of different coloured rhinestones.
red accent nail art tutorial

Nude Matte Studded accent: use Nails Inc Basil Street with a matte top coat, gold square studs, silver round studs and small black round studs.
nail art tutorial

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