Nail Art Tutorial: Rhinestone Bauble

Don’t stop with the second dimension. Go above and beyond! One way to create totally unique, over the top urban art? Va- Va Varnish‘s charm bubble. Like a locket, you can fit all bits and pieces inside. See how.

Supplies needed:

  • Ice Gel base gel
  • Ice Gel clear gel
  • Ice Gel mixing gel
  • Ice Gel top gel
  • Pointed back Swarovskis
  • Orangewood stick for stirring
  • Gel brush
  • Detailing brush
  • Ice Gel color 406
  • Tint color 416
  • Glitter color 25
  • LED lamp


Step 1: After shaping and prepping the nail, apply a thin layer of base coat. Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Apply a medium coat of Ice Gel color tint in #416 to the entire nail. Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 3: Apply an even coat of Ice Gel color #406 over the entire nail.  Do not cure yet!


Step 4: Using a clean gel brush, carve out a striped design on the nail by removing the color to expose the tint underneath. Repeat this process until you create a striped design you like. Then cure for 30 seconds.

Step 5: Outline the stripes with glitter color #25 using a detailing/small striping brush. Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 6: Cover the nail with top coat and cure for 30 seconds. Make sure to clean the inhibition layer after curing with gel cleanser.

Step 7: To make the bobble, dip a stick into the clear gel and coat the rounded end with a thin coat of gel.  Allow the gel to self-level on the stick so it creates a nice round bobble shape. Cure for 30 seconds. Repeat this process 3 times so that the gel is a medium thickness and is strong enough to remove from the stick.

Step 8: Gently pull the cured gel off of the stirring stick and clean inside and out with gel cleanser.


Step 9: Fill the bobble with stones.

Step 10: Bring the nail and the bobble together and place the bobble on the nail while keeping the stones trapped inside. Then while holding the bobble in place, seal the edges with Ice Gel mixing gel. Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 11: Coat the outside of the bobble with top coat and cure for 30 seconds to bring back the clarity of the gel. Cleanse with gel cleanser.

Step 12: Enjoy the bobble nail and watch the stones move around inside!

Check out Va-Va Varnish:
730 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Office (858) 225-7738
Direct (303) 877-0956

[Courtesy of Elizabeth A. Morris]

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