Embrace Y2K Nostalgia With These Rhinestone Bedazzled Nail Art Ideas

January 12, 2023
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
hand with nails painted light purple with silver and blue rhinestone embellishments

Y2K nostalgia has arguably been one of the biggest trends in fashion and beauty for the past few years — and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. When it comes to incorporating early-aughts vibes into your beauty look (without looking like your middle school self), all it takes is some super shiny clear lip gloss, eye-catching hair accessories and blinged-out Y2K nail art

Inspired by creators on Instagram, we’re sharing the very best of the latter: rhinestone bedazzled nail art looks that are guaranteed to keep the compliments coming. Keep scrolling to check out our favorite nail gem manicure inspo, and prepare to add some stick-on gems to your Amazon cart.

Y2K But Make It Starry

Miss Pop is the mastermind behind this bejeweled, star-embellished manicure of our dreams. While she brought some extra artistry and precision to the design, you can still DIY with affordable nail stickers and rhinestones (we told you you’d be adding some to your Amazon cart!). Make the look your own by choosing your favorite shades to complement the look.

Y2K But Make It Minimalist

This negative-space mani meets French tip vibe is a classy take on the Y2K beauty trend. We love how delicate and elegant each gem feels — and how they’re lined up perfectly, tracing along the nail bed. For a similar neutral color, we’d recommend Essie Lighten the Mood.

Y2K But Make It Celestial

We’re obviously drooling over this cosmic masterpiece from Rita Remark. Using a holographic purple shade of polish, she gives the nails a shimmery lacquer base. Then, using multi-colored, reflective gems, she bedazzles each nail and finger.

Y2K But Make It Pearls

You’ll feel like a gem in this stunning pearl manicure — literally and figuratively. Jessica Washick designed a black and white pattern around the edges of each nail, and we can’t stop staring. She placed smaller white pearls in a circle and then dropped larger black and white pearls along the outer edge to create a stunning look.

Photo: Rita Remark, @ritaremark

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