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.
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.
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.
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