Tips for Attaching Rhinestones to Nails

If you want to really glam up your nails, the easiest way to do it is to add some rhinestones or other embellishments. But it can be hard to get them to adhere in a lasting way. If you have been having a hard time, the following tips should help you to achieve more long-lasting adhesion for rhinestones and other embellishments to your nails.

1. Start by choosing the right embellishments.

It all starts with choosing embellishments which are high in quality and the right size and shape to begin with. For example, large, flat gems are more likely to catch on things and get pulled off. Also, while you can save money with acrylic gems, they are less durable than those made of glass. So, you can maximize staying power by favoring small glass gems.

If you are looking for high-quality rhinestones and other embellishments, take a look at our rhinestone selection.

2. Go with gel, glue, or resin.

If you are a beginner, you might be tempted to try and use nail polish to adhere your rhinestones to your nails. But you will not get a strong hold this way. Instead, you should opt for an adhesive such as resin, glue or gel. Out of these options, gel is arguably the best because it will not damage your embellishments, as sometimes can happen with glue.

3. Lean toward attaching rhinestones near the cuticle.

If you are using high-quality gems and you are attaching them with a strong adhesive but they still come loose, it could be because you are putting them on parts of the nail where the surface can bend. The nail plate has less flexibility near the cuticle, so that is a better location to put rhinestones.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to confine yourself to that part of the nail—but it may be easiest if you are just starting out. Also, if you want to attach larger rhinestones, that is the ideal place for them. For placement higher up on the nail, smaller rhinestones are more likely to hold.

Have You Achieved Success?

If you are still new to bedazzling your nails, you may wonder how you will know if you are achieving good adhesion. At the outside, if you had a professional attach gems to your nails, you could expect them to stay on for maybe two weeks.

So, if you are getting anywhere near that amount staying power, you are doing a pretty good job at home on your own. It is important to note that it is hard to find professional quality gel on the market for consumers doing their own nails—so don’t be surprised if you never achieve quite the same staying power as a pro.

It may take some experimentation and practice before you find the materials and methods which work best for you. So, expect some trial and error along the way, and be patient. If you stick with it, you will get better and better at getting rhinestones to stick to your nails.

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