12 face makeup tricks to unleash your inner “euphoric” teen

Face gems are, unequivocally, the hottest beauty product of 2022. You can trace the origins of the current face gem boom to everyone’s share. Euphoria beauty mania, festival culture and the continued reign of beauty influencers creating elaborate looks on social media. No matter where they come from, these little sparklers are everywhere now and it’s helpful to have tips for wearing face gems because they’re not that easy to remove.

I am a big fan of face gems and have a large collection of rhinestones. I could spend hours affixing tiny shards to my face and consider those hours well spent, but I also know they’re not for everyone. If you want to wear facial gemstones but aren’t sure where to start or are looking to speed up – or improve – your facial gemstone application process, you’ve come to the right place. I enlisted three makeup artists who know a bundle of rhinestones well for their tips, tricks, and expert advice on face gems.

celebrity makeup artists Judi Gabby, Shadi Malekand Jamie Greenberg created iconic beauty looks for Kaley Cuoco, Dorit Kemsley, Hunter McGrady and Madison Beer. Ahead, they share their favorite tips for putting on and taking off those little sparkly stones, as well as their favorite products to use to keep facial gems in place. Read on for the smartest tips for wearing face gemstones you’re likely to find anywhere and shine, bright little diamond.

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Place the gemstones with tweezers for more precision

“I love tweezers,” says Greenberg, who appreciates the precision offered by these precise little tools. Gabbay is also #TeamTweezer if you find them easy to use. This set of two pairs of tweezers has an outstanding rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on nearly 1,300 reviews. While the cheapest tweezers can sometimes be disappointing, these are the real deal. One reviewer wrote, “I wasn’t expecting much for the price of these, but I’d say the precision engineering surprised me.”


Easily Apply Face Gems Using This $5 Tool

Gabbay’s second facial gem app recommendation is a wax stick like this with a solid 4.6 out of 5 star rating based on over 2,400 reviews. “Some people find it easier to use tweezers to apply gemstones, others [prefer] a stick of wax,” says Gabbay. “A wax stick is a quick way to grab gems and place them where you sprinkled your eyelash glue.”

This wax stick comes with two extra heads and, according to reviewers, is a great time saver. “This tool has saved me a lot of time. I no longer have to worry about dropping stones. It picked up all the stone sizes I used,” one reviewer shared.

You can avoid expensive stickers and single-use face gems that come with adhesive already attached by buying gems in bulk instead. The variety of sizes and colors in a large set of different gems like this means you can create many truly unique and iconic looks.


Keep your facial gems organized

Face gems aren’t expensive, but it’s better for your budget and the planet if you reuse and recycle the gems you already have. As someone who wears a lot of face gems, I like to sort mine by color and size. I also organize them according to clean or dirty (I soak dirty ones in hot soapy water for a few hours to remove excess glue) using plastic containers like this.


Handle facial gemstones with precision with a double-ended rhinestone picker

“The best tool there is is the double-ended rhinestone applicator,” says Malek. “It helps you grasp the product perfectly and apply it with great precision.” This double-ended selector from Amazon has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on over 2,400 reviews.


Prepare the skin with precision cotton swabs

If you want to match face gems at full pace, you run the risk of the gems not sticking as well. Foundation, bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow can all make facial gems slip, slide, and stick where you want them. To avoid this, Malek recommends applying a little micellar water to a cotton swab and dabbing where you want to add a glow. This way your makeup stays intact and your gems stay stuck.


Apply face gems with this MUA-Fave glue

Gabbay’s favorite eyelash glue is eyelash glue, especially KISS. “It’s waterproof, latex-free, and gets tacky faster than a typical tube glue, allowing gems to adhere easier and faster,” she says. She’s also a fan of the ultra-fine tip of this tube of eyelash glue, saying “its fine brush is an easy applicator and [help] trace where you want to place the stones.


Use Spirit Gum for extra long lasting wear of facial gemstones

Spirit Gum is a powerful adhesive used in the special effects community and not for the faint-hearted, but Greenberg recommends it if you want your facial gems to really stay locked in. “If you want something really strong, you can use spirit gum but you really have to know what you’re doing because it can be a bit dangerous,” she says.

Mehron makes a spirit gum and spirit gum remover duo that has an average rating of 4.4 stars based on over 5,000 reviews. “Super strong hold,” shared one reviewer, who wrote that this chewing gum “lasted through a two-hour drag show on skin/athletic bandages and didn’t budge, even at through sweat and the rubbing of clothing”.


Keep gems in place with this MUA-Fave lash glue

If you want serious hold that isn’t as extreme as chewing gum, but still lasts a long time, Malek recommends using this lash glue from House of Lashes to hold the facial gems in place. “My favorite adhesive is House of Lashes Black Eyelash Glue,” she says. “It’s so sticky and sticky and I find it can last up to 2pm!”


Keep the gemstones glued together with a mattifying spray

To keep the gems in place, Malek shared this pro tip she swears by. “If you’re adding the gems to an all-over makeup look, my favorite tip is to spray your face with a mattifying spray before adding the gems,” she says.

This makeup barrier spray from Mehron feels sticky at first, but keeps everything in place. “Seriously, this stuff is AMAZING. I live in DC and the summers are unbearably humid. This stuff keeps my makeup up and in place ALL day. I’ve tried 3 or 4 others that don’t even come close to this one “wrote a satisfied customer.


Remove facial gemstones with oil cleanser

Another method, the one recommended by Greenberg, is to apply a little rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab and use it on any stubborn residue. She swears by PÜR Melt Away Oil Cleanser. “It’s natural, good for the skin, and it breaks everything down,” she says. Amazon reviewers agree. “It’s silky smooth and lifts all my makeup, even waterproof mascara,” one buyer wrote.


Wash Away Face Gem Adhesive with micellar water

Removing facial gemstones shouldn’t be difficult, but getting rid of the residue left by the gemstone adhesive can be a bit of a pain. Gabbay recommends “wetting [your] face with lukewarm water first, using cleanser, then micellar water to get rid of any excess adhesive.

This micellar water from Bioderma has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars based on nearly 8,000 reviews. “Removes my waterproof makeup and leftover eyelash glue without having to scrub hard. Doesn’t irritate my eyes at all,” wrote one satisfied customer.

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