May 18, 2012

Gold Dipped Manicure

The other night I was polishing my nails with OPI's So Many Clowns Too Little Time and I had an idea. I was thinking about swiping one coat of Sonia Kashuk's Golden Ticket on my pinkies to add a little something', but I didn't want it to be too much gold
So I decided to swipe just the tips of all my nails with a bit of the gold polish. 
And I loved the effect. 



Here is what I did:
1. Apply 1 coat of Essie's 3-way glaze to clean nails.
2. Apply 2-3 coats of OPI's So Many Clowns Too Little Time (or another neutral) depending on the coverage you prefer. I like 3 coats.
3. Let dry completely.
4. Take gold nail polish, run the brush against the bottle so it doesn't ball up on the end of the brush, and swipe the tips of your nails with gold by holding the brush perpendicular to the nail. I just did it free-hand, but if you want a very crisp and perfect line, you can use the stickers provided in French Manicure sets.
5. Finish with a coat of Essie 3-way glaze.




37 comments:

  1. LOve it - I had to cut my long nails off since I started guitar lessons and I am still trying to get used to NO NAILS...ugh!

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  2. I love the little sparkle of gold. And I've been looking for a good neutral, I'll have to try that OPI color!

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  3. No offense, but my first reaction when I saw the first picture that you posted was that your fingernails looked dirty. The close up shot at the end of your post looks a whole lot better - lol. ;)

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    1. Not really great lighting at 10:00pm :)

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    2. That's what I thought, too!

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    3. Me too, maybe make the gold tip a little thicker?

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    4. You can make the gold line thicker if you choose, I think that would look cute too.

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  4. You did that free hand? It looks so straight! Love this look. I think I'll have to pick up some gold polish!

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  5. Gorgeous!! I need to try that. It is such a classy timeless look!

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  6. Love this. This seems like something you could do with other colors too! Thanks for the guide. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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  7. I did the same thing recently with a soft pink and silver sparkles! something new and fun!!

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  8. I agree with Ava....thought is was dirt under your nails at first....

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  9. I like this manicure... I´m gonna try it!
    I love your blog.
    http://bloggingysoffing.blogspot.com.es/

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  10. Love this manicure idea...hoping it will work with hot pink!!
    Love the blog!!!

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  11. Just a little PSA! Seche Vite has an AMAZING top coat that will literally dry your nails in minutes. It was a total game changer for me :) Love this idea!

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  12. The perfect amount of sparkle for everyday wear! Great idea :)

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  13. Now I know what to do with my new Birchbox gold polish. :-)

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  14. Agree with Ava. It reminded me of dirty fingernails. Definitely make the gold thicker?

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    1. You can make the gold line thicker if you choose, I think that would look cute too.

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  15. I also thought it looked like dirt...not attractive!

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    1. First thing I thought too

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  16. Sorry, that is the first thing I also thought. I donR't know if making the gold line thicker is going to make any difference especially on your skin tone. I say ditch this color and move on to something more pretty and pink

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  17. I like this look. I may try it with some silver polish that I have. I am thinking a light, matte gray as the base which I don't have. I do have a white but I don't think I it would be a good look.

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  18. Thank you so, so much for linking up with Mani Monday, Kate! I love your nails, and that gold is beautiful - adding it to my Target list!

    xo,
    Heather @ Glitter and Gloss

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  19. Love this!! I just did it and it looks great! I stumbled across your blog a few days ago and I just love it!!! Also loved your tutorial on how to curl hair! Thanks so much!!! Your AWESOME!!!

    xxAllie

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  20. If you suck at freehand (like I do!) and don't have the manicure stickers lying around, I just use band-aids. Peel the backing off, cut off the rounded end, place on the nail, paint, let dry, and voila! Works like a charm!

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  21. I just updated my neutral mani with a little bit of sparkle too - it'll be up in a post this week sometime.

    xo Kristle
    http://www.willblogforbeauty.com

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  22. Trying this asap! Might need the french mani stickers though... not sure my lines would come out as straight as yours ;)

    Sarah
    smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

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  23. I did this today and I am obsessed with it! I used a toothpick to guide the lines, it went on like a dream! Perfect sparkle!

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  24. very nice ( ive never seen gold dirt ) keep up the kateness =(cuteness): )

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