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Upgrade Your Mani: Try This Chic Pink and Gold Nail Art Tutorial

Looking for an elegant way to upgrade your basic manicure but think nail art can be too complicated or garish? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Pairing a sparkling gold polish with a muted pink is a sophisticated combination that feels a bit more grown up. The style is simple and easy to execute but feels fancy thanks to the gold accents. I can imagine wearing these nails to a cocktail party, wedding, or upscale restaurant and yet the look is so subtle it can easily work for everyday wear. Muted pastels are a hot trend in nails and this pink with a touch of grey is the perfect neutral base to compliment this shimmery metallic with a satin finish. Additionally, accenting the base of your nails with a reverse half moon design is a fresh twist on the classic French manicure. For fun, I painted one nail on each hand solid gold but you can skip that if you prefer. You only need a few basic materials and about two 10-minute blocks of time to create the look.

Let’s get started!

Chic Pink and Gold Nail Art Tutorial 1 of 12
Click through for step-by-step instructions!
Step 1: Gather Materials 2 of 12
For this nail art tutorial, you will need:

-Nail polish remover

-Cotton balls or pads

-Base coat (I used Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat)

-Muted pink nail polish (I used Essie Nail Polish in Spin the Bottle)

-Gold polish (I used OPI Gwen Stefani Collection Nail Lacquer in Love.Angel.Music.Baby.)

-Orangewood stick, nail art brush, or nail clean-up pen

-Top coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)

-Adhesive guides

-3-ring binder reinforcement labels, or other round stickers (I used Kiss Design Perfection Nail Design Guides)
Step 2: Prep Nails 3 of 12
I always begin by shaping my nails, and pushing back cuticles, removing loose cuticle, and moisturizing my hands as shown in this post.
Step 3: Clean Nail Beds 4 of 12
After filing nails and applying moisturizer, wipe each nail with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. This will remove any debris or oils and prolong the life of your manicure.
Step 4: Apply Base Coat 5 of 12
Apply a base coat to all of your nails. This will help fill in any ridges and prevent polish from staining your nails.
Step 5: Apply Polish 6 of 12
Add two coats of polish to each nail. I painted 4 nails on each hand with my muted pink polish and one nail with gold.
Step 6: Clean Up Polish Slips 7 of 12
At this point, you'll want to go ahead and clean up any polish that may have ended up on the skin around your nails. Pay particular attention to the base of each nail, which you will want nice and clean before you add the gold accent. You can use a nail brush dipped in nail polish remover or a handy nail clean up pen.

I'm old school and prefer to use inexpensive, reusable orangewood sticks. Dip the stick in nail polish remover and roll it over a cotton ball to pick up some of the fibers. Wrap the cotton tightly around the stick, dip it in nail polish remover, and erase mistakes.
Step 7: Apply Top Coat 8 of 12
Because my gold polish has a satin finish and should not be topped with a glossy top coat, I applied a top coat to just the pink nails now, before adding my gold reverse half moon. At this point you will need to take a break and wait until your nails have fully cured — this usually takes at least an hour.
Step 8: Position Your Guides 9 of 12
Place a sticker guide about 1/4 of an inch from the base of each nail to create a crescent moon shape. Be sure that they are laying flat to your nail at each corner.
Step 9: Paint the Base 10 of 12
Very carefully apply the gold polish to the base of each nail using thin coats to prevent bleeding.
Step 10: Peel Off Adhesives 11 of 12
Very slowly and carefully peel off the guides when the gold polish is still tacky but not wet.
Step 11: Clean Up Again 12 of 12
To finish the manicure, you can, again, use your orangewood stick and cotton, nail brush, or nail clean-up pen to erase and gold polish slips.

And now you're ready to hit the town with your gorgeous new manicure!
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