A manicure made for lengthy, sunny days and particularly golden hour, gold nail artwork is the look your fingertips are ready for. “The trick to making this look work is to keep it minimal,” says manicurist Michelle Humphrey. “The gold should be an accent. Think of it as an accessory to your manicure.”
Whether you go for a French tip, half moon, ombre, swirls, stars or summary shapes, the concept is to make your gold accent the jewel in your (metaphorical) manicure crown, fairly than portray the entire nail a full-on gold shade. If you might be doing it your self, Humphrey’s high tip is to discover a shade that’s not too yellow or glittery (we love CND Vinylux in Get That Gold), and that provides a gold chrome end fairly than something metallic, which frequently leads to undesirable brush strains on the nail. Pair it with a contrasting however impartial shade, like nude, black or white. “Gold will always look effective on a negative space, which is where the natural nail hue is incorporated into the manicure,” says Humphrey.
Application is vital, too. “Be sure to buff the nail plate before you apply, and use a ridge-filling base coat to help smooth the nail plate if you need it,” she advises. “Shimmering shades highlight an uneven surface, so apply just one coat of gold and avoid using anything that has gone thick and gloopy.”
As for many who will probably be flocking to a salon when the time comes, “This trend was made for you”, says Humphrey, who recommends requesting a gold chrome powder. Nail professionals can actually make a pattern like this one shine – it’s their experience that may actually take the look to the following degree. A salon appointment will contain an utility of chrome pigment to nails, making a mirror-effect end. “It’s then burnished into a special top coat and buffed to a high shine,” explains Humphrey. “You can also opt for gold leaf or a foil manicure. Your nail professional will apply [either one], and encapsulate it into the gel.”
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