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How to Get Your Makeup Rhinestones to Stay On

This glitzy makeup look just requires a little patience for staying power.
December 05, 2022


From hair glitter to shimmer eyeshadow, it’s safe to say we love to add a bit of sparkle to our beauty looks, so it should come as no surprise that many of us are still obsessed with adding rhinestones to our makeup looks. Whether you want to emphasize your eyes with bling or add some gems to your eyebrows for a cool Instagram photo, a little extra glitz seems fit for just about any occasion. 

However, keeping rhinestones in place can be tricky. So we’re breaking down exactly how to apply rhinestones to your face so that they stay put, plus we’re  including different ways to incorporate the gems into your look. 

How to Apply Rhinestones to Your Makeup 

Applying rhinestones to your makeup look just takes the right tools and a little patience.

1. Gather Your Tools 

Before we talk about how to actually adhere rhinestones to your makeup, it’s important to gather all the products you’ll need. Set up your vanity or bathroom counter with a piece of paper, cosmetic glue (lash glue works), tweezers and the rhinestones or gems of your choice. 

2. Lay Out the Adhesive

Squeeze a bit of your adhesive glue onto a piece of paper. Look for a product that’s specifically formulated for cosmetic use, as this is less likely to irritate your skin. The stronger the adhesive, the longer your rhinestones will stay put.

3. Place Your Rhinestones

Using your tweezers, carefully pick up the gem of your choice. It’s a good idea to have a picture or general idea of the look you want to recreate before you start applying rhinestones to your makeup.

Then, dip the rhinestone into the adhesive glue on the paper and place it wherever you’d like on your face. To get real staying power, gently push the rhinestone down and hold it in place with the tip of the tweezer for a few seconds to make sure it’s secure and won’t budge. Repeat with more gems until your look is complete.

7 Places to Add Rhinestones in Your Makeup 

Rhinestones can be placed in multiple places on your face, and the eye-catching gems will instantly add drama to any makeup look.

On Your Lids 

Adding some rhinestones is a quick and easy way to spice up a statement eye look. To take your glitter-encrusted look up a notch, paint your lids with a shimmering eyeshadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup, prior to applying your rhinestones. Let this drool-worthy look be the inspo you need.
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On Your Brow Bone 

For a subtle pop, line some gems along your brow bone. You can keep this look to a single row of rhinestones, or place another row from your crease to your arch for something more eye-catching.

On Your Eyebrows

If you’re a fan of glitter brows, you’ll love this rhinestone adaptation. To recreate this vibe, you’ll first need to fill in your brows with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanic Pencil. Because a strong brow is key here, this small tip is perfect for shaping your arch and creating definition. Once you blend the pencil in with the spoolie, add a handful of rhinestones throughout your brows.

On Your Crease

Another look for those who love rhinestone makeup accents is a gem-lined crease. As you can probably guess, this placement involves using rhinestones to sculpt a cut crease. We love pairing a rhinestone crease with a matte lid for the perfect contrast. Just take a look at this must-have glam!

On Your Temples

Want to draw attention to your face structure? Take inspo from this look that lets your temples be the star. To DIY, we recommend using the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer to create a dewy, glowy base on the high points of your face. Then use your tweezer to place larger stones in a “V” shape around your eye.

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On Your Eyeliner

Level up your typical cat eye by bedazzling your winged liner. First, create the eyeliner shape of your choice using a smudge-resistant formula. Our go-to is the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner because it doesn’t drag, has amazing pigment payoff and never needs sharpening. Feel free to embellish your liner with just a few rhinestone accents or cover the entire wing in gems.

Under Your Eyes

If you want to keep your rhinestones below the eye, try placing them along your lower lash line. As with your brow bone, you can position them in a single line or create a more elaborate design that dances onto your cheeks.

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Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Photo Credit: Yolandi Dee Beauty, IG/@yolandideebeauty, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier

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