Gold Leaf Tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial on a really simple and clean look. It's perfect for any occasion, as the colours are very neutral, and the combination of the matte base and the glitter gold leaf gives the design a little something extra.

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Step 1: Apply a base coat of your choice. Let dry.

Step 1: Apply a base coat of your choice. Let dry.

Step 2: Apply two coats of your black and nude nail polish (unless you are using different colours). You can paint whatever nails you want in the chosen colours, you don't have to follow this particular pattern of thumb, pointer, and pinky in nude, and the middle and ring fingers in black.

Step 2: Apply two coats of your black and nude nail polish (unless you are using different colours). You can paint whatever nails you want in the chosen colours, you don't have to follow this particular pattern of thumb, pointer, and pinky in nude, and the middle and ring fingers in black.

Step 3: Time to make those nails matte! Put on a thin coat of your clear matte polish. These become matte fairly quickly, but don't let that fool you! This doesn't mean they are dry right away. Give it some time to dry properly before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Time to make those nails matte! Put on a thin coat of your clear matte polish. These become matte fairly quickly, but don't let that fool you! This doesn't mean they are dry right away. Give it some time to dry properly before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Finally, take your brush or toothpick and paint on the leaves, in whatever pattern you want. You can paint them on just one or two nails. Your choice! Be creative with it. The leave are simply small lines (branches) with little leaves coming out of them. There is no need for a top coat here, because that will take away from the matte effect.

Step 4: Finally, take your brush or toothpick and paint on the leaves, in whatever pattern you want. You can paint them on just one or two nails. Your choice! Be creative with it. The leave are simply small lines (branches) with little leaves coming out of them. There is no need for a top coat here, because that will take away from the matte effect.

Products used (from left to right): Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat, Essie "Topless & Barefoot," Sally Hansen Hard as Nails "Black Out," Revlon Matte Top Coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Go For Gold" You may use a brush or toothpicks for the leaf design application.

Products used (from left to right): Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat, Essie "Topless & Barefoot," Sally Hansen Hard as Nails "Black Out," Revlon Matte Top Coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Go For Gold"

You may use a brush or toothpicks for the leaf design application.