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Gold Jewels
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.

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berryfreckles says · 05.18.12

Love it! Great idea!

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tricia says · 05.18.12

That’s fabulous! Love it!

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Pamela says · 05.18.12

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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Laura says · 05.18.12

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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Ava says · 05.18.12

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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Kate says · 05.18.12

Not really great lighting at 10:00pm 🙂

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Unknown says · 05.18.12

That’s what I thought, too!

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Melanie says · 05.18.12

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

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Kate says · 05.18.12

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

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DaintyandDecadent says · 05.18.12

Great take on a classic! Lovely look 🙂

Maria
http://www.daintyanddecadent.com

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Lauren says · 05.18.12

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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Cyn says · 05.18.12

That is so pretty!

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Brielle says · 05.18.12

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

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Mrs. Monologues says · 05.18.12

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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Lizzie says · 05.18.12

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

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Anonymous says · 05.18.12

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

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still being [molly] says · 05.18.12

so pretty!!

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Emily Ellingwood says · 05.18.12

Love it!!!

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Leti says · 05.18.12

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

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Erin says · 05.18.12

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

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Summer says · 05.18.12

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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Danielle says · 05.18.12

The perfect amount of sparkle for everyday wear! Great idea 🙂

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Niki says · 05.18.12

I love this! Very pretty.

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lexsmama says · 05.18.12

Now I know what to do with my new Birchbox gold polish. 🙂

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AJ Candrian says · 05.18.12

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

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Kate says · 05.18.12

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

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Anonymous says · 05.18.12

I also thought it looked like dirt…not attractive!

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Anonymous says · 05.18.12

First thing I thought too

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Jane says · 05.18.12

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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Katie Watts says · 05.18.12

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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Heather @ Glitter and Gloss says · 05.19.12

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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Anonymous says · 05.20.12

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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Derek and Jen says · 05.21.12

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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Kristle Jones says · 05.21.12

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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Sarah says · 05.22.12

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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Bryanna says · 06.11.12

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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Anonymous says · 07.20.12

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

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