Make nude nails worth a million bucks with this crystal-encrusted effect

From Cardi B's crystal-encrusted nails at the 2018 Grammy Awards to Gigi Hadid's $2,000 mani featuring hundreds (yes, hundreds) of Swarovski crystals at the American Music Awards in 2016, it's clear that crystal nails are a thing of art and envy. Crystal-embellished nail art is a one-of-a-kind trend sweeping manicure-obsessed clients and artists alike in a new, sparkling wave.
This type of glistening nail design doesn't have to be reserved for the red carpet. Now, you too can achieve the look, complete with silver glitter swirls for extra depth. This design is an indulgent way to spend some time perfecting your nail painting techniques and precision while leaving you with a 3D-beaded and beautiful fresh set.
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Materials
- Clear crystals
- Nude gel polish
- Silver bullion beads
- Elite99 Silver Drawing Gel
- Short liner brush
- Gelish Hard-Gel Builder
- Wax pencil
- Tweezers
- Cheri Non-Wipe Top Coat
- Lumcrissy Gel Lamp
Fierce League
Instructions
1. Paint your nails with a nude gel polish, preferably one with pink undertones to later complement the silver swirls. Ensure the nails are dry by placing them under the Lumcrissy Gel Lamp for up to 2 minutes by switching on the timer.
2. Dip your short liner brush into the Elite99 Silver Drawing Gel and use the tip to draw a swirl onto your nail. We advise to start at the top right corner of your nail and finish at the bottom left corner, creating a soft swirl as you go. Feel free to dip your brush into your Elite99 Silver Drawing Gel more than once to ensure it appears pigmented.
3. Before applying any more products, dry the drawing gel under your Lumcrissy Gel Lamp.
4. Using your short liner brush again, dab the tip into your Gelish Hard-Gel Builder. Paint the gel along the silver swirl you previously created.
5. Use the wax pencil to pick up a clear crystal and apply it to the gel, resting on the silver swirl. Continue this process along the thicker parts of the swirl, making certain your different-sized crystals fit within the lines. You can also use your tweezers to delicately push the crystals into the perfect position.
6. Grab your tweezers and place the silver bullion beads onto the silver swirl. This is done by pinching the beads between the tongs and strategically plotting them around the crystals and toward either end tips of the swirl.
7. To make sure the crystals and beads are set, dry the nail under your Lumcrissy Gel Lamp.
8. Paint the nail surrounding the swirl with the Cheri Non-Wipe Top Coat -- but be careful not to wipe the crystals accidentally with the nail brush, as this could potentially push them out of place.
9. Complete the look by placing your nails under the Lumcrissy Gel Lamp for the final time. You can create extra, creative swirls on your other nails to achieve a full-glam set.
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