How to Put Rhinestones on Your Nails

You’re at the right place if you want to learn how to add rhinestones to nails and are prepared to take your manicure to the next level. 

Making your favorite rhinestone nail designs is easy with the appropriate equipment. 

A rhinestone applicator, rhinestone adhesive, and tweezers are tools you need to apply rhinestones on nails. These tools simplify the application process and ensure the rhinestones stay in place. 

Continue reading to get more information on how to put rhinestones on nails. 

Things to Keep in Mind before putting Rhinestones on Nails 

Applying Rhinestones on Nails

Ensure the nail surface is ready: Make sure the nail color is dry before adding the nail adhesive layer.

I advise placing rhinestones on the nail before applying your top coat if you’re doing acrylic or dip powder nails. The rhinestones will adhere better and stay longer. 

Consider the placement:  You probably want your stones to stay on your nails for a few weeks, not just for a single event. 

Think about your placement, which includes how and where you put your stones to prevent them from popping off too soon. 

How to Put Rhinestones on Nails 

A popular addition to nail art, rhinestones give any manicure glitters and sparkle. They are available in various sizes and shapes, and applying them to your nails requires a few easy steps. Here is how to embellish your nails with rhinestones:

Prepare your nails

Before you begin to apply rhinestones, make sure your nails are clean and dry. Next, remove any remaining polish, shape your nails as desired, then use a base coat to protect your nails from damage. 

Allow the base coat to dry completely before moving on to the next step. 

When ready to add your rhinestones, start gluing the area with rhinestone glue. 

The entire nail does not have to be covered. Instead, I advise applying the adhesive to one nail at a time, curing it after you’re okay with your placement. This will ensure that the rhinestones stay in place.

Choose the Rhinestone 

Pick out the rhinestones you wish to incorporate into your nail art. Then, choose the rhinestones that best suit your style and the appearance you’re looking for because they come in various sizes and shapes. 

Rhinestones are available at most beauty supply stores and online.

Use Nail Polish

Apply your choice of nail polish color to your nails, it serves as a background, and your rhinestone design will be set against this. Before you continue, let the polish dry completely. 

Add the Rhinestones

Pick up the rhinestone with a pair of tweezers and dab some nail adhesive on the back. Next, carefully put the rhinestone on your nail and softly press it down to secure it. Continue doing this until your nails are covered in the desired pattern with rhinestones. 

Seal with Top Coat 

Apply a layer of clear top coat to your nails once you’ve finished adding all the rhinestones to keep them in place. By doing this, you’ll be able to make your rhinestone design last longer and stop the stones from sliding off.

Apply the top coat around the stones rather than directly on top of them. Adding a top coat on top of the rocks will significantly reduce the brightness and make the stones appear cloudy.

While you shouldn’t apply a top coat directly on the stones, a coating close to and around the rocks can further lock the stones in place. 

Dry Your Nails

Before doing anything with your hands, give your nails time to dry. The use of a nail dryer or a top coat that dries quickly helps hasten the drying process.

How to Maintain your Rhinestones Nails

Rhinestones Nails

Keep the Stones Safe

Consider donning gloves when washing the dishes (or your hair) to prevent unnecessary water damage to your stones. 

Limit the amount of time your nails soak in water if you frequently bathe or swim. They might come off sooner as a result of this.

The Stones Placement 

 Suppose you’re not accustomed to wearing rhinestones on your nails or want them to stay long. Consider placing your stones closer to your cuticle.

The closer you place them to the tips of your nails, the likelihood of you stumbling over something and the stones popping off rises, and this is especially true if you use your hands a lot at work or home.


That’s it! Now that you have sparkling rhinestone nails. You can use rhinestones to make various gorgeous designs with some practice. Have fun playing with multiple colors and shapes to create a distinctive and individualized style.