Episode 6 Recap: Embellishment How-To

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When it comes to creating stare-worthy nails, 3-D embellishments aren’t just for biker chicks! This week, we saw nail artists Julie Ventura, Jami Procopio and Amber Trawick attack the Quick Dry Challenge with gusto for their biker girl clients, creating awesome nails only with 3-D additives. Ultimately, Julie won the challenge with nails that were tipped with silver foil, laced with studs and utilized movement with dripping chains.

Interested in trying out this trend on your own tips? The upcoming holidays are the perfect time to take the plunge. But, unless you go to a pro, making sure that those stones, studs, chains and charms stay put from Christmas to New Year’s Eve can be a challenge. Here are the best ways to attach embellishments.

Top Coat
Apply two coats of nail polish and let them dry completely. Then, apply a fairly thick layer of top coat and attach the embellishments to your nails. Follow with another layer of top coat over the rhinestones and all.
Pro: It’s by far the simplest and fastest way of attaching rhinestones and studs to the nail.
Con: It’s the least permanent option; you may lose stones as early as the next day.

Nail Glue or Resin
Apply a small dot of glue to your polished nail and adhere your embellishment. Hold it in place with an orangewood stick or tweezers so it doesn’t slip around on the nail while you wait for the glue to dry. Try a quick-dry glue like IBD 5-Second Ultra Fast Nail Glue. Apply top coat over the entire nail for extra stick.
Pro: It will give your stones some staying power.
Con: It can be difficult to work with and many glues lose their sticking strength as the product gets old.

Gel Polish
After curing your second coat of gel polish, attach the embellishment to the nail. Try Nailuv UV/LED Gel. The gel has a sticky layer, which will help keep your studs from slipping. Apply gel top coat over the entire nail, making sure to use your brush to get the gel in and around the embellishments as well as on top of them. Cure the nail and repeat with another coat.
Pro: It’s one of the best ways to ensure embellishments stay put for any length of time, and works well for larger charms and chains.
Con: At-home gels don’t usually have the same adhesive power as their professional counterparts.

And if all else fails, opt for pre-designed full-coverage nail tips that already have the 3-D embellishments on them. Try Kiss Luxury Nail Art. No muss, no fuss!

Stephanie Lavery
Editor-in-Chief, Nail It!
Twitter: @Steph_Lavery, @NailItMag
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