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45 Latest Nails With Rhinestones Designs To Try In 2023!

by Zoe Scott
rhinestone nail design

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Ready to give your nails that show-stopping sparkle? Today, we’re going all out on bedazzling those tips with rhinestones! We’ll cover everything you need to know, from choosing the perfect rhinestones to the tools that’ll make your life so much easier. My go-to tip? Don’t skimp on the adhesive—IBD Brush-On Gel Resin is my ride-or-die. It’s the secret sauce for a blinged-out look that won’t quit. Now, who’s ready to make their nails the star of the show? Let’s dive in!

Candy Crush: Bright Pink Nails

Bright Pink Nails
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Feeling bold? Go for these vibrant pink nails that feature two whimsical accent nails. Imagine this look while you’re sipping a cocktail by the pool—utter perfection! Is pink not your thing? Go for any color that screams “you.”

Double the Glam: Sparkly Nail Design with Rhinestones

Sparkly Nail Design with Rhinestones
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Why choose between glitter and rhinestones when you can have both? You’re nailing the ultimate glam vibe with a light polish and a glitter strip accented by rhinestones. I wore this last New Year’s Eve, which was the perfect touch for my outfit.

Grey Elegance: Rhinestone Coordinated Look

Rhinestone Coordinated Look
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Swap out the vibrant blue for a graceful purple-grey shade, then glam up an accent nail with matching rhinestones. It’s coordinated, it’s chic, and it’s wearable art for your nails.

Go All Out: Bold And Colorful Rhinestone Nails

Bold And Colorful Rhinestone Nails
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For those who love to live large, why not go for nails entirely covered in different shapes, sizes, and colors of rhinestones? It’s like a disco ball for each finger, perfect for when you want all eyes on you.

The Effortless Chic: Simple Nail Design with Rhinestones

Simple Nail Design with Rhinestones
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Let’s start off with something simple. Picture this: nails coated in a dreamy shade called Barefoot by ella+mila jazzed up with five perfectly placed rhinestones on an accent nail. It’s understated yet eye-catching. I did this look last week, and let me tell you, the compliments were endless. You’ll love this as much as I do if you’re a minimalist.

French Twist: When Classic Meets Bling

French Twist
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Next up, let’s talk French manicures, but make it sparkle! You’ve got your traditional pale pink base and white tips, but then BAM!—a colorful rhinestone accent nail. If you’re looking for a twist on the classic French mani, this one’s a must-try. I wore this to a brunch, and my friends were asking for the deets.

Keep It Simple, Keep It Chic

Keep It Simple, Keep It Chic
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If you’re craving subtlety, these short, nude nails with one accent gem might be up your alley. I tried this during a ‘less is more’ phase, and it did wonders!

Glamorous Burgundy

Glamorous Burgundy
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Who says you can’t mix and match in the same color family? This look combines red ombre, red tips, and all-red nails, each adorned with a unique rhinestone pattern. Perfect for a glam night out.

Marble Nuances And Contrasting Gems

Marble Nuances And Contrasting Gems
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Simple means something other than boring. Enhance your nude-and-white ombre and marble nails with rhinestones. I added blue gems to one nail; the contrast was gorgeous!

Understated Elegance

Understated Elegance
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Lastly, if minimalism is your mantra, a few strategically placed rhinestones near the cuticles on clear nails make a subtle yet stunning statement. I wore this to a business meeting, and it was just the right amount of ‘notice me, but take me seriously.’

The Ultimate Elegance: White Nails with Crystal Accent

White Nails with Crystal Accent
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Picture this: it’s your wedding day, and you’re about to say, “I do,” but not without an “I DO-NAIL!” I absolutely loved this delicate white nail design with a pink and rhinestone accent nail. It’s like the polka dot dress of the nail world—timeless and utterly adorable. Trust me; it’s wedding-bells-worthy!

Rhinestone Fiesta: Light Pink Nails

Light Pink Nails
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Okay, does anyone else get all giddy when they have an array of rhinestones? I mean, talk about feeling like a kid in a candy store. Light pink nails adorned with an accent nail that uses different sizes and shapes of rhinestones? Yes, please! My tip? Keep a little kit of various rhinestone shapes for these creative moments. It’s a DIY dream come true

Red Hot and Dazzling: Matte Red Stilettos

Matte Red Stilettos
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You can’t go wrong with red, especially during the holiday season. With rhinestone accents, this look is fire. My last tip? Try this in a deep wine color for a sultry alternative.

Monochrome Magic: Black and White Stilettos

Black and White Stilettos
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Black and white nails with rhinestones are for those who love a classic look with a twist. This monochrome palette is everything. Perfect for that black-tie event where you want to make a subtle yet powerful statement.

Sassy in Pink: Half-and-Half Stilettos

Half-and-Half Stilettos
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These nails are half pink and clear, jazzed up with some rhinestones that make the transition pop. It’s like a sassy French manicure got a millennial makeover, and I’m here for it!

Think Pink: Linear Rhinestone Art

Linear Rhinestone Art
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Let’s remember a design that turns heads: bright pink nails with a line of rhinestones running down the center. It’s a straight-up showstopper.

Coffin Nails with A Modern Twist

Coffin Nails with A Modern Twist
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Who else is a fan of the classic white tips? 🙋‍♀️ Here’s how to add a modern flair—triangle-shaped white tips with a sprinkle of silver glitter and rhinestones. I tried this on a casual date night, and it made me feel like a million bucks without screaming “over the top!”

Chrome Chic

Chrome Chic
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Chrome nails capture attention, and this light pink chrome design decked with rhinestones is no exception. Whether you go full-on chrome or just a hint with rhinestones, you’ll definitely be turning heads.

Soft and Sparkly Matte Green

Soft and Sparkly Matte Green
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I’m a sucker for pastel tones, and this light green nail design is dreamy. Plus, the multicolored rhinestones add that pop of sparkle. Perfect for a laid-back brunch or a spring day out.

All About Pink

All About Pink
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Dark pink polish with a dash of glitter and rhinestones is your ticket to feeling pretty in pink. I rocked this look at a recent girls’ night out, and let’s say it was a conversation starter!

Elegant Yet Edgy Matte Nails

Elegant Yet Edgy Matte Nails
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Most of the nails here are light pink, but check out those accent nails! A black outline with rhinestones adds that perfect edgy touch for those who want a dash of drama.

Holiday Season Glam: Rhinestone and Glitter Fusion

Rhinestone and Glitter Fusion
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Hello, holiday season! Imagine rocking these at your next Christmas party. A combination of sparkly nails and a coppery shade could make even Scrooge smile. Seriously, it’s like your nails are having a party.

Trendsetter Alert: Chrome and French Ombre

Chrome and French Ombre
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If you want to combine all the killer trends into one manicure, this look is your golden ticket. French ombre? Check. Chrome? Check. Rhinestones? Double-check! I tried this, and my nails were ready for their close-up.

Hot Pink, Hotter You: Pink Coffin Nails with Rhinestones

Pink Coffin Nails with Rhinestones
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If you’re vibing with summer’s sizzling temps, go for a vibrant pink nail color. Add a rhinestone accent, and you have a dazzling, attention-grabbing look. I rocked this at a beach party, and it was a total hit. No filters are needed for those Instagram snaps, promise!

The Showstopper: Elegant Coffin Nails

Elegant Coffin Nails
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For those special occasions—weddings, parties, or prom—these light-shaded nails adorned with silver glitter and rhinestones are a knockout. A standing ovation for your fingers, if you will. I wore a similar design to a wedding and felt like I had a little tiara on each nail!

Matte & Sparkle: A Match Made in Heaven

Matte & Sparkle
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Matte nails are trending, but throw some rhinestones and chevron designs, and you’re runway-ready. The contrast between the matte finish and sparkling rhinestones is divine. My sister tried this, and her nails were the talk of the family dinner.

Magical Ombre: Iridescent Rhinestones

Iridescent Rhinestones
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Iridescent rhinestones are the unicorns of the nail world. They change colors at different angles, creating a magical effect. Pair them with a soft glitter ombre for downright enchanting nails. Perfect for any special occasion where you want to stand out subtly.

Less is More: Subtle Sparkle

Subtle Sparkle
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For the laid-back gals who love a touch of luxury, a very light pink with a rhinestone accent could be your go-to. It’s elegant yet low-key. A soft coral or muted lavender would also work wonders for this look.

Fearless in Blue: Bold Blue Rhinestone Nail Design

Bold Blue Rhinestone Nail Design
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Dive deep into bold territory with a vivid blue shade and multicolored rhinestones. This look screams confidence and pairs fabulously with denim outfits. Who doesn’t love a color-coordinated look?

Crystal Clear: Ombre Nails with Clear Rhinestone Accent

Ombre Nails with Clear Rhinestone Accent
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Clear acrylic nails are a chic base for any design, but when you add a soft ombre and a rhinestone accent? It’s a showstopper. I love how it gives a modern and unique twist to the classic ombre look.

Trendy Chevron: Matte Coffin Nails With Rhinestones

Matte Coffin Nails With Rhinestones
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Chevron patterns are in, and guess what? Rhinestones can totally replace a second color for this look. A shimmering gem-studded chevron over a light matte shade is creative and trendy. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this one.

For the Love of Dark Tones: Elegant Burgundy Nails

Elegant Burgundy Nails
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If you’re more into dark colors, a stunning burgundy with a rhinestone accent nail could be your soulmate. I tried this last winter, and let me tell you, it’s as cozy as glamorous.

Bold Move: Super Long Stiletto Nails

Super Long Stiletto Nails
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If you’re the kind of person who walks into a room and owns it, then these stiletto nails are your vibe. Imagine two bold colors harmonized by a sparkly rhinestone accent nail. I tried this look last Christmas, and my nails were the talk of the dinner table. The more extended the nail, the more canvas you have for those killer designs.

Quiet Glamour: Acrylics with Rhinestone Sprinkle

Acrylics with Rhinestone Sprinkle
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Some days, you want to go all out; others, you want a whisper of glamour. These nails are painted in soft, muted colors, and feature two takes on the rhinestone theme—one nail is minimalist, while the other goes all out. For a Sunday brunch, I’d go with just one rhinestone—like the mimosa of nail designs.

Remix: Sparkly Coffin Nail Design

Sparkly Coffin Nail Design
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You know how you have that perfect playlist, but sometimes you switch up a song or two depending on your mood? That’s this nail design. Adding or switching a few elements like color or rhinestones can turn your go-to look into a new vibe. Trust me, variety is the spice of (nail) life!

French Manicure Gets A Makeover

French Manicure Gets A Makeover
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Remember when French manicures were like the “it-girl” of the nail world? She’s back and got a facelift with chic rhinestones in clear, pink, and purple hues. I sported this look at a friend’s engagement party, and it was a hit!

The New Classic: Black Acrylics

Black Acrylics
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Like Audrey Hepburn’s nail designs, black and rhinestones are timeless and classy. The best part? This look is perfect for those who prefer shorter nails. Short nails can have fun, too, you know!

Going Green: Nude Nails with Emerald Rhinestones

Nude Nails with Emerald Rhinestones
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Who says you have to stick with clear crystals? Spice up nude nails with lush green rhinestones for an effortlessly chic look. I tried this with teal gems once, and oh my, talk about summer vibes!

Light and Dark Purple Nail Art with Crystals

Light and Dark Purple Nail Art with Crystals
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Let’s kick off with this royal blend of light and dark purple. I tried this look last month for a friend’s wedding; let me tell you, it was a hit! Adding gems on top? Now, that’s what I call ‘bold and beautiful.’ Perfect for those who love to make a colorful statement.

Bold Stiletto Nails

Bold Stiletto Nails
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Next up, the ever-so-eye-catching stiletto nails! I love mixing and matching, and this design lets you do just that. Pastels, glitter, and rhinestones? This trio screams summer vibes! Experiment with your favorite colors, and let me know how it turns out.

Marble Meets Matte Red

Marble Meets Matte Red
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Marble is the new black, darling! Pair it with dark red polish and some bling, and voila! You have a unique, show-stopping manicure. Great for holiday parties or when you’re just feeling a little extra.

Ombre Nails with A Sparkly Twist

Ombre Nails with A Sparkly Twist
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If you’ve been following me, you know I have a soft spot for ombre designs. And oh boy, adding different-sized rhinestones just took it to another level! Mix and match colors, and let your nails do the talking.

Floral Fantasy: Grey and Silver Nails

Grey and Silver Nails
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We can all agree that rhinestones and floral accents make everything better. So why not combine them? Opt for a soft shade like OPI’s ‘I Am What I Amethyst’ and unleash your inner artist with a floral design. Trust me, the flower takes the glam level up a notch.

Shaped Rhinestones On Pink

Shaped Rhinestones On Pink
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Combining pink and nude is always a win in my book. And when you add shaped rhinestones? It’s a sophisticated masterpiece. So go ahead, give it a try!

Trendy Tips And Butterfly Bling

Trendy Tips And Butterfly Bling
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If you’re a fan of iconic patterns and cutesy shapes, adding a butterfly rhinestone to your pink Gucci-patterned tips might make your day!

7 Essential Tools I Recommend For Applying Rhinestones? 

  1. Tweezers or Rhinestone Picker – You want to avoid picking up those tiny gems with your fingers. Tweezers or a specialized rhinestone picker will give you the precision you need.
  2. Dotting Tool – Use this to apply the adhesive or nail glue where you’ll place your rhinestones. It helps you put just the right amount—no more, no less.
  3. Quality Nail Glue – Remember to underestimate the power of suitable adhesive! Make sure you invest in some quality nail glue to make sure those gems stay put.
  4. Good Base Coat and Top Coat – This is your rhinestone’s first and last line of defense. A good base coat will give the glue something to adhere to, and a quality top coat will seal the deal. I swear by quick-dry top coats for this; they help lock in the bling like nobody’s business.
  5. Wax Pencil or Picker Pencil – Another handy tool for picking up and placing rhinestones, especially for those of you who find tweezers a bit tricky to navigate.
  6. A Palette or Tray – You’ll need somewhere to keep your rhinestones while you work. A small palette or tray can help you keep organized and make it easier to pick up the rhinestones.
  7. Clean-up Brush – Let’s be honest: sometimes, the glue or polish could be more transparent. A clean-up brush dipped in some acetone will help you tidy up any mishaps without ruining your masterpiece.

So there you go, lovelies! With these tools in your arsenal, you’re all set to create some Insta-worthy, bling-tastic nails. Happy sparkling!

My Guide To The Different Types Of Rhinestones To Use

Not all rhinestones are created equal! Here’s the rundown on the best types for a fabulous, eye-catching mani.

  1. Swarovski Crystals – If you want the Rolls Royce of rhinestones, look no further than Swarovski crystals. These babies sparkle like no other. They’re pricier, but the brilliance and quality are unmatched. Perfect for a special occasion or when you want to feel like a million bucks.
  2. Glass Rhinestones – These are your go-to for quality and affordability. They offer a lovely sparkle and come in various shapes and sizes. I find glass stones perfect for those Saturday night outings or date nights.
  3. Resin Rhinestones – If you’re on a budget but still want some sparkle, resin rhinestones are your best bet. They’re lighter and less expensive than glass or Swarovski but still offer a nice glint. They’re also more flexible, making them easier to adhere to the curvature of your nail.
  4. Acrylic Rhinestones – These are usually the cheapest option and are great for practice or a design you only want to wear for a day or two. They don’t have the sparkle of glass or Swarovski, but they come in various colors and shapes.
  5. Pearls and Studs – Technically, it’s not a rhinestone, but pearls and metallic studs can add an excellent 3D element to your nail art. They can be a fun way to mix textures and break up a design dominated by traditional rhinestones.
  6. Flatback vs. Pointed Back – When shopping, you’ll also come across these terms. Flatback rhinestones are more accessible to glue onto nails and are generally preferred for nail art. Pointed-back rhinestones are often set into jewelry but can be used for unique nail designs if you’re up for the challenge.

So there you have it, your guide to picking the perfect bling for your nails! Choose wisely based on your budget, the occasion, and how long you want your sparkling mani to last. Whatever you pick, remember: you can never have too much sparkle!

My Guide To Adhesive

  1. Nail Glue – This might sound basic, but hear me out. A high-quality nail glue can make all the difference in the world. I’m a massive fan of IBD 
  2. Brush-On Gel Resin. This stuff is like the Superman of nail glues—it’s solid and durable and keeps your rhinestones in place like a pro.
  3. Gel Top Coat – Some of you who are into gel nails swear by using a clear gel top coat to set rhinestones. Place your stone cure under a UV/LED light, and you’re golden. I’ve used this method when I want a flatter, more “embedded” look for my stones, which works like a charm.
  4. Specialty Rhinestone Adhesive – Okay, this one’s for the bling lovers. There are specialized rhinestone adhesives made just for this kind of thing. GemTac is often used by professionals for that extra secure hold.

Remember, applying too much adhesive can make your rhinestones slide around before they can set, so a little goes a long way! Happy sparkling, everyone!

Check Out This Video Tutorial For More help!

Conclusion

Alright, gorgeous souls, that’s a wrap on our little bling-filled journey through the fabulous world of rhinestone nail art! Just remember, the key is to let your personality shine through, whether you’re going all out with mixed patterns and dazzling gems or keeping it classy with subtle bling. My hot tip? Make sure to skimp on the base coat, and ensure you have a quality topcoat to seal in all that sparkly goodness. Rhinestones are your ticket to instantly taking any nail look from ‘meh’ to ‘wowza.’ So pick up some tiny gems and a bottle of your fave polish, and let’s make those nails a masterpiece. Until next time, keep sparkling and stay fabulous!

Feature Image Photo By @merlin_nails via Instagram

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