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Breaking Down Beauty: Applying Rhinestones To Your Face Using Spaghetti

By Sheila Arkee

I knew that headline would grab your attention. Was I right?

It’s true! A standard dry stick of spaghetti will help make your makeup life a little easier. It’s possibly the whackiest beauty trick of all time, and it actually works.

Applying teensy tiny little rhinestones is definitely not for a job interview or other serious occassion, but there are those moments in life when we might want to sparkle a little more. Say for a costume party or a night out and about. Or maybe even just for staying at home to watch Troop Beverly Hills. You know how that goes.

One way to apply flat-backed rhinestones is to pick them up with your finger, apply lash glue to the back of the gem, let the glue get tacky, and then put on your face.

However, if you’re all thumbs, I have a technique that will make it easier to apply these little gems. I picked up these small, flat-backed rhinestones many years ago from a craft store like Michael’s or JoAnn’s.

For this tutorial you will need:

– Dry spaghetti

– A basin of water

– Eyelash adhesive

– Rhinestones

Step 1:

Stick half of a strand of dry spaghetti into warm water and let it rest for about 5 minutes. You want the end of spaghetti to be gummy so the starch is activated, which allows it to adhere to the gems with ease. If you simply dip the spaghetti in the water this technique will not work very well.

Step 2:

Take your activated strand of spaghetti and pick up your rhinestone.

There will be enough adhesion so your rhinestone won’t move around, but be careful nevertheless.

Drag the rhinestone into a bit of eyelash adhesive, wait a few seconds, and apply the rhinestone in the location of your choice.

And there you have it. A cheap, easy-to-use technique. If you’re doing nail art, it’s an easy way to apply gems to your nails, as well.


  • http://hazardsofbeauty.blogspot.com/ Seph

    This is totally worth remembering as a handy hint!

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    This is such a random but useful hint! XD

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    I am the queen of random. LOL….