Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Gold Leaf Nails

Hi Guys,

Ive gotten more into nail art again these past few weeks and a really quick and easy design I've been loving has been Gold Leaf Nails. So I thought I'd show you a super quick and easy way to get the effect.
I originally did this design using Tanya Burr's Nail Polish in Little Duck, but I seem to of miss placed it! So Ive also given it a go using Barry M Mint Green, which I love. It works really well with both shades, as well as other completely different colours such as Burgandy, Peach and Black.

I used:
  • Nails Inc Gel Effect Base Coat
  • Barry M Mint Green
  • Gold Leaf
  • Angelica Top Coat
I start of using my Nails Inc Gel Base Coat and once that is dry, apply the first coat of polish. You do need two coats of polish for this, but if you apply the second coat and wait for it to dry then the gold leaf won't adhere properly to the nail.
Once you've applied the second coat, while it is still tacky, place a broken piece of gold leaf, that fits the nail on top. It doesn't matter if the gold leaf overlaps onto the skin as you can clean that away. Just as long as it doesn't cover the whole nail as you'll loose the effect. I found using a hair grip with a tiny bit of blue tack on the end, does the best job at picking up the gold leaf and placing it on the nail, without ruining the polish.

To break the gold leaf I carefully tore off a small amount from the sheet, you can get tubs of gold leaf flakes, but really I just had this book of Gold Leaf Sheets, sat around after using them for a photo shoot. 
Ive really liked using the Angelica Glossy Top Coat which I got in a Glossybox, It does the job and dries quite quickly. So after applying the gold leaf and leaving it to dry for a few minutes longer, I apply a coat of this Top Coat. It stops the gold leaf from being chipped and peeling off and blends it into the nails.

Im hoping to get up more nail art tutorials, as I loved doing nail art until I started my course and I just had no time! But Im off for the holidays so plenty of time now, let me know if theres anything you'd specifically like to see and I'll give it a go!

Eloise x

9 comments:

  1. Wow this looks amazing! I would have never thought to do this myself, but will definitely give this a try now! Great post x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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  2. This looks so good, I can't wait to try it! x

    www.zoecoco.com

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  3. You make it sound so easy! Looks great x

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  4. These look fab and such a nifty little trick using the hair grip and blu tack. I'd definitely like to give something like this a go myself. Thanks for sharing xxx

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

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  5. I actually would have never thought of this but I love the look of gold leaf nails x :)

    vvnightingale.com

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  6. That's such a simple touch that adds so much!
    Shaguna
    gold&hearts

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  7. I'm really loving this look!! Great idea.

    Desiree | DesireeMerci.com

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