VIDEO: How to Apply Gemstones & Rhinestones with Gel Polish

As promised, here is the video tutorial on how to apply gemstones & rhinestones using gel polish! Click here to read more about the nail art I’m wearing in the video.

I’ve mentioned many times in my nail art posts that I like to use Gelish Foundation as the “glue” to hold my gems, and I also use a little extra around the base of the gems to reinforce them before top coating.

Below is a list of all of the products that are mentioned in the video:

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11 Responses

  1. Sue says:

    Great vid! Now I know what to do. I hope I can do it this perfect. Will try on it……

  2. Vic says:

    Beautiful design.

    Given that Foundation is a 5sec cure in LED, do you find the 30sec cure holds the gems in place better?

    • Andrea says:

      I’m just in the habit of curing most of my coats for 30 seconds. I don’t know that it will make the foundation any stronger than the normal curing time.

  3. Erica says:

    Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate all the time you put into each of your videos. I’m so glad you quit your day job!!!! Glad you took the risk of following your passion. Can’t wait to see what wonderful things you share next!

  4. Megan says:

    Just a quick question…..I have tried ‘glueing’ gems on with gel polish in the past and I’ve found that as soon as the polish hits the stones they lose their sparkle and become flat with no shine. Have you had this happen to you at all? Does it depend on the type of stones you use? I too have used the gelish top it off when this happened. Thanking you in advance

  5. Swarovski Crystals will be really sparkly and not lose their shine. It depends on the quality of the crystal you use. Swarovski ones are also reusable however it might be difficult to reclaim them from the gel!

  6. Lynette says:

    Do you have any recommendations on the best way to remove the rhinestones during soak off?

  7. Sharon says:

    Can you use gelish with cnd shellac if not what else would be good for sticking the gems on please