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Setting Crystals with Polish

Instructions for gel manicures is also available.

Instructions for applying Swarovski® crystals to nails: Because of the brilliance of Swarovski® crystals, never apply top coat over the crystal as it will diminish the sparkle. Crystals will last the longest when applied to a hard nail surface. Therefore, crystals applied to an acrylic nail with gel polish give the best results.

Step 1

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 1

Apply base coat and nail color of your choice to the nail and allow to dry.

Step 2

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 2

Add a small amount of nail glue to a toothpick and place on the polished nail, only where you want to add the crystal.

Step 3

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 3

Use a wax pickup tool to pick up the crystal in the design of your choice.

Step 4

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 4

Apply crystals into the nail glue.

Step 5

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 5

Continue to apply nail glue and crystals and arrange in the design of your choice.

Step 6

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 6

Place a drop of top coat onto a non-porous surface and dip a small detailing brush into it.

Step 7

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 7

Using the detailing brush, apply the top coat around the crystals, sealing the edges and creating a "prong" setting.

Step 8

Adding Crystals to a Polish Manicure: Step 8

Carefully apply top coat to the remaining surface of the nail.