Fear No: Gold Leaf Nails for the Holidays Thursday 01 November, 2012

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Now that Halloween is out of the way, we can now focus on the holiday season. And one of the beauty trends I spotted that will rev up your holiday gorgeousness with gusto is the onslaught of gold leaf nails. An interesting development has been 18-karat gold leaf top coats. Not only do these hit […]

Now that Halloween is out of the way, we can now focus on the holiday season. And one of the beauty trends I spotted that will rev up your holiday gorgeousness with gusto is the onslaught of gold leaf nails.

An interesting development has been 18-karat gold leaf top coats. Not only do these hit upon a major spring 2013 trend, metallics, but they also hit the sweet spot for nail art lovers: texture. Yes, they lend plenty of visual texture, splaying large flakes across nails to twinkling effect, without feeling overly rough to the touch (giving those who are turned off by the feel of textured nail art no excuses not to try this out).

Houghton Spring 2013 OPI Gold Leaf Nails1 Fear No: Gold Leaf Nails for the Holidays

(At Houghton’s Spring 2013 show, models wear a coat of OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons topped with OPI The Man with the Golden Gun.)

The first out of the gate, OPI The Man with the Golden Gun, is limited edition (naturally) and part of OPI’s 007 celebration (apparently, it’s James Bond‘s Golden Anniversary this year—that man ages beautifully, doesn’t he?). The carat-coating lacquer contains 18-karat gold leaf flecks suspended in a clear base, and adds a hint of glint to even the simplest nail looks, such as the gold-flake-on-neutral creation seen on the Houghton Spring 2013 runway. (For the record, the neutral base used in this look is OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons.)

OPI The Man with the Golden Gun Fear No: Gold Leaf Nails for the Holidays

“For 50 years Bond beauties have graced the big screen with their dazzling looks and opulent style, and gold has always played a prominent role,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Gold transcends time; from the first Bond film to the soon to be released Skyfall, Bond Girls have adorned themselves with gold accessories, from jewelry and heels to clutches. This top coat’s radiant hue and stunning 18-karat gold leaf texture and patterns take accessorizing this holiday season to new heights!” Agreed, Suzi. Agreed.

Zoya Gilty 18k Real Gold Flake Topcoat Fear No: Gold Leaf Nails for the Holidays

Another limited edition offering, Zoya’s Gilty, comes packaged as part of the ultra-luxe Gilty Pleasure Gift Set, which includes Zoya Raven (black) and Zoya Purity (white). This 18-karat Gold Flake Top Coat looks amazing when painted over a high-contrast base, such as white or black, so the pairing Zoya offers as a set is amazingly on-point. If you’re dying for Gilty, you should know that Zoya has it on its second wave of pre-sale; the first wave sold out. And I’ve been told: This second pre-sale is it. Once they’re sold out, they’re gone. So grab yours now!

Minx for Calla Spring 2013 Fear No: Gold Leaf Nails for the Holidays

(A model flashes her custom Minx backstage at Calla.)

Maybe you’re seeking something slightly more permanent? Minx created custom nail adhesives for the Calla Spring 2013 fashion show that riffed the designs seen in the collection, including a gold-leaf nail that reveals a bare nail bed beneath. Though these custom nails aren’t for retail, Minx offers a variety of gold-theme wraps, such as manicurist and frequent “Minxer” Naja Rickette‘s collabs: Joey, La La Land and my personal fave, Paris Nights.

Why you too should have no fear: I just wrote a holiday nails mini-mag in which I linked the season’s festive soirees with the type of nail art you should rock for each. A colleague of mine read it and told me she found the advice helpful because she always panics that her holiday nails are “too much” at family dinners. (For the record, I am not sure what “too much” means.) Well, no need to panic. Though every occasion calls for a certain amount of glitz, I believe these gold leaf top coats are a fabulous wear for almost any festive event. Here’s why: They can be applied thin for less in-your-face bling, or a little heavier (try two or three thin coats) for a true golden glow. But here’s what I suggest for the right amount of sophistication and nail swagger: Paint your entire nail a dark burgundy (preferably a shimmer-free cream, like Deborah Lippmann Just Walk Away Renee), then edge the tip of your nail in a gold leaf top coat. Try to keep your line thin; the finer your edge, the more modern it will look. I suggest applying a few thin coats of the gold leaf top coat across your free edge (nail tip) if you want the gold to become more full-coverage. If you like your flakes a little more spread out, one thin line should suffice. The result: A luxe mani that looks dipped in gold—perfect for flashing at a family dinner, a friend’s party or even a NYE gala, without any panicking. I promise.

Visit opi.com, zoya.com (for pre-sale) and minxnails.com (for a salon near you).

Are you loving the latest 18-karat gold leaf top coats?

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(Images: Houghton courtesy of OPI; Calla courtesy of Calla)

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