- Bowl of warm water with soap free hand wash (Can use normal hand wash if you don’t have soap free)
- Colour Nail varnish (or Clear if you prefer)
- Clear nail varnish
- Base coat nail varnish (optional)
- 1 x Orangewood stick
- Swarovski rhinestones ss5 (1.8mm perfect for nails) Spread the rhinestones out and make sure that they are all facing faceted side up.
- Water (Small amount to wet the stick)
- Clean Dry Towel
Prepare all your equipment in advance so that when it comes to doing your nails you wont be looking around for the items and will have plenty of time for completing each step.
a. Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water with soap free hand wash for 5-10 minutes, this will soften up your cuticles. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot or cold.
b. Gently dry your hands with a towel.
c. Apply a little moisturiser to each cuticle and gently rub in but not completely. You can use an orange stick, cotton wool or a cotton bud to do this.
d. Gently push the cuticles back on each finger with the rounded tip of an orange stick. (Don’t push too hard)
e. Rinse your hands to remove any moisturiser and then gently dry your hands.
f. (Optional) Paint your nails with a nail varnish base coat which will usually contain protein, vitamin E, aloe vera and some contain calcium. A base coat will also help protect dark colour polish from seeping into your nails and staining them, you can use a clear varnish if you don’t have a base coat.
g. Apply a thin coat of colour polish to cover your nails (if you are using a lighter colour you may have to apply a second coat to achieve the desired depth of colour).
h. Wet the pointed end of the orange stick which will make it easy to pick up a rhinestone.
i. Gently touch the top of a rhinestone with your orange stick to pick up the crystal. (you can use a tooth pick if you don’t have an orange stick and have skipped the cuticle step)
j. Place the rhinestone into the position required on your nail and gently press the rhinestone down. (nail varnish usually takes between 5-15 minutes to dry so make sure that the nail varnish is still tacky when applying the rhinestones (Please note: quick drying nail varnish drying time may be less.))
k. Repeat steps 4-5 until all the rhinestones are in place then leave the nails to dry.
l. Apply a clear coat of nail varnish over the complete nail including rhinestones to firmly bond the stones into place, this gives the nails a smooth surface to ensures that the rhinestones aren’t easily knocked off.
m. The end result is a set of beautiful Swarovski crystal nails that are perfect for parties, nights out or just adding some sparkle for Christmas.