How to Use Studs & Rhinestones for Nail Art

By | September 5, 2013

Studs and rhinestones are a fun and easy way to embellish your nails, and are great for beginners and pros alike. Today’s post is going to walk you through what studs and rhinestones are, how to use them, and where to buy them.

What are studs and rhinestones?

Studs and rhinestones are small 3D shapes with a flat back that are commonly used in nail art. Rhinestones are generally made out of plastic and studs made out of metal. They both come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, ranging from circles and squares, to stars and hearts, and recently some studs have been developed to be holographic or glow in the dark. They often come in a wheel like the ones in the photo below for easy storage.

Source: EbayHow do I apply studs and rhinestones?

Step 1. Before you start your mani, be sure to lay your studs/rhinestones out on your workspace so that they’re the right way up. There’s nothing worse than trying to turn them the right way up once your nails are wet!

Step 2. Next you need to decide which method you’re going to use to pick up your studs/rhinestones. There are two common methods for picking up studs and rhinestones and placing them on the nail, these include using tweezers, or a dotting tool dipped in clear polish (read my guide to using dotting tools here). You can also purchase a ‘rhinestone picker’ which is a pencil with a wax based lead that will pick up the rhinestone or stud, but in my experience I’ve found that they leave a white residue from the lead on the stud/rhinestone which isn’t ideal.

Step 3. Paint your nails as you normally would, but don’t apply your top coat yet. Working one nail at a time, apply a clear polish to the nail, and carefully place your studs/rhinestones in place. Make sure the clear polish that you use isn’t fast drying unless you’re prepared to work at lightning speed. If your rhinestones are rather large you may wish to secure them using nail glue, but I’ve found that the majority of studs and rhinestones will hold for around 4 or 5 days just by securing them to a clear polish.

Step 4. Once you’re happy with the placement of your studs/rhinestones, apply a clear top coat to secure them in place. Tada! Mani complete.

Source: Nailed ObsessionWhere to buy studs and rhinestones

Studs and rhinestones can be bought for a few dollars on ebay and from Born Pretty Store. They can also be found in some arts and crafts stores. You can quite often find packs that contain several different sizes and shapes, although keep in mind that often these will contain very large shapes that won’t sit flat on the nail (particularly with studs), so if that’s important to you it might be safer to stick to a pack with a single size/shape to begin with. The colours, shapes, sizes, and finishes of studs and rhinestones are endless, so everyone is bound to find something to suit their style!

Source: Nailed ObsessionSource: Nailed ObsessionWhat are your favourite ways to use studs and rhinestones in nail art?
Anthea is currently studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Japanese, and has a qualification in Fashion Design and Technology. When she’s not busy cramming for her next exam she’s working on her nail polish label Sayuri, and blogging at Nailed Obsession. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram (@anthea_nailedobsession).

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