our everyday life

How to Do Easy Nail Designs With Rhinestones

by Elana Kluner, studioD

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but when there aren’t any diamonds, rhinestones are the next best thing. Jazz up simple nail designs with the application of a few of these sparkly gems. Very affordable and sold in packages of plenty, they are easy to get a hold of and easy to apply. Rhinestones come in various colors, shapes and sizes, offering endless creativity for your nails.

Apply one layer of base coat to your nails and wait for it to dry.

Paint a coat of your favorite nail polish color. If the polish is light, add a second coat after the first dries. Wait for the second coat to dry.

Dab the tip of a toothpick into the base coat and carefully pick up the desired rhinestone from the sparkly side.

Apply a small amount of base coat to the exposed flat side of the rhinestone. Use the toothpick tip to gently position the rhinestone on top of your nail. Don't press down hard; you could damage your manicure.

Continue this process until you have achieved the desired effect. Applying a couple of rhinestones to only your ring finger is a simple and stylish look. Try a few different colors in a random formation or the same color in even lines. Another cute look is one rhinestone in the middle of each of your nails.

Let the rhinestones set and then apply two layers of top coat to your nail to lock the rhinestones in place.

Items you will need
  •  Base Coat
  •  Nail Polish
  •  Top Coat
  •  Toothpick
  •  Rhinestones

About the Author

Los Angeles-based writer Elana Kluner has been writing internationally since 2008. Her work has been published in M2Women Magazine, DANZ Quarterly, Central leader, Western Leader, The Other Duck and Spa Violet. Kluner graduated with a Bachelor's degree in creative writing from Auckland University of Technology and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Photo Credits

  • Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images