Summer has arrived; and so, too, has this year’s hottest nail rhinestones and nail art gems! It’s very much out with the old and in with the new as Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2022 Very Peri sets the style scene for this year’s nail designs.

Rhinestone nail art, also known as crystal placement, is already a massive trend but is set to become even hotter this summer. Not only is it appearing on catwalks worldwide, celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo and Dua Lipa are just loving the way nail rhinestones and nail art gems create a simple yet elegant, subtle yet understated, eye-catching glamour.

Crystal Parade’s range of rhinestones offer amazing sparkle and a myriad of colours and effects. Geometric and floral patterns are still a firm favourite and there is an increasing use of 3D fancy crystals, which are also called ‘pointy backs’, to provide added depth and texture to nail designs.

Crystal nails are set to be the ‘in’ look for this year’s blushing brides. Embellishing pearly white nails with clear Preciosa nail crystals and nail gems in stunning designs add that touch of expensive luxury and glamour any bride will adore. A classic French manicure with an accent nail fully crystallized with clear diamante gems will give the bride that touch of sophisticated sparkle on her wedding day.

*Design Idea* For more bling on your wedding day, use AB Flatback shapes to accentuate your manicure, like nail tech Scarlett Senter has done here:

This summer’s trending colour – Very Peri

We love Pantone’s new hybrid colour of blue and purple, which evokes a feeling of optimism, warmth, creativity and inquisitiveness – the perfect colour to adorn any nail as we head into a summer of renewed freedom. Part of the well-loved family of blues is coupled with the dynamic violet-red undertone to create the fabulous Very Peri colour. It certainly reflects current design trends, promoting joy, warmth and spirit – no-one can argue it’s the hottest summer colour this year! Our fabulous blue/purple nail rhinestones in Tanzanite, Violet, Heliotrope and Purple Velvet are perfect to create simple rhinestone nail designs that your customers will love. Check out Scarlett Senter’s stunning use of blue rhinestones:

Shine bright with the neon look

The summer festivals are here, face gems and nail art rhinestones top the list for completing the festival look. For a fun, colourful stand-out look this summer, neon is the trendsetter. Vivid, fluorescent coloured crystals are perfect for party nails, glowing in the dark under UV lights.

Our dazzling Preciosa and Zodiac non hotfix flat back neon rhinestone crystals come in an array of fluorescent neon colours, ideal for creating stunningly vibrant nail art designs. You can use these rhinestones as face gems too, apply them using eyelash glue. (Remember to carry out a skin test before using the eyelash glue to avoid any skin reactions).

They can be beautifully matched with neon gel polish or applied onto a white, or other neutral coloured nails for a truly spectacular neon nail design. Be subtle with a simple rhinestone nail design using a stunning Neon White, or be bold by crafting unique nail art in flaming Neon Sun. See how Crystal Parade ambassador Natalie Mugridge used our neon crystals to create these bold designs:

Hot pink nails – a must this summer

Who doesn’t love hot pink and it’s one of the most sought after colours for summer 2022. We’ve got rhinestones in just about every shade of pink you can think of to add a dash, or more, of vibrant pink to any nail design your customer desires. The multi-faceted colours of our Preciosa Maxima and Viva 12 crystals will give a brilliant sparkle to any nail art design. From the traditional Fuchsia, Rose and Vintage Rose to a stand-out Neon Pink that will glow in the dark under UV lights, our non hotfix rhinestones are easy to apply and are the perfect embellishment for a bright summer.

*Design Idea* - Pride nails

Here’s a simple but effective idea to celebrate Pride this year: apply rhinestones in different colours to create a rainbow effect across your nails. It’s easy to do, and the results are stunning. See how two of our very talented customers Sarah Richardson and Lisa Johnston used our rhinestones:

Opal nail art still a customer favourite

Using opal or pearlescent rhinestones within nail art brings a subtle but feminine sparkle to the design. Opal colours are usually associated with springtime, but this year the vintage chic feel of these muted tones seems to be just as popular during the summer months. Afterall, they are ideal for bridal manicures and are a firm favourite among nature lovers. The pearlescent coating on opal crystals gives them a lovely shimmery effect, reflecting the beauty of nature’s summer flowers, perfect for any floral or nature-inspired nail art theme.

Both Preciosa and Zodiac produce rhinestones in pink opal, green opal, white opal and blue opal and you can try all of the different colours by using our mixed pack called Elegant Opals. Check out this pretty creation by Natalie Mugridge:

Crystal Parade offer a fabulous range of rhinestone crystals in stunning colours, including Preciosa nail crystals and our own Zodiac crystals and pearls, perfect for any nail artist or beautician wanting to expand their nail artistry.

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