The Minimalist Gold-Framed Manicure You’re About To See Everywhere – Refinery29

For a long time, a gold manicure was something you saved for the holidays: Sparkly gold just feels festive. But with the rise of nail art, the warm metallic tone has proven to be a timeless accent shade that knows no season.

We’ve seen gold used in other minimalist fashions, like the French tip or a foil overlay, but the gold-rimmed iteration we’re currently eyeing might be the chicest yet. We first caught onto the trend when editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein shared a negative-space design of a naked nail with a gilded outline, a fall-ready take on orbit nails that had us completely sold.


To see the look up close, scroll through the gallery ahead — and while you’re at it, pick up some pro tips from other artists on how to make the gold-framed effect really feel like fall.

Goldstein calls this minimalist look “deep bronze outlines.” She started with a clear base-coat polish for shine, then rimmed the outer oval of each fingernail with the gold shade Sun-day Style by Essie.
Photo: Courtesy of Queenie Nguyen.
Another take on the look comes from nail artist Queenie Nguyen, who opted for a deeper bronze-gold rim. “I wanted my creation to look more like the amber stones,” she says. “Gemstones like quartz were such a big hit this summer, so I wanted to continue that earthy vibe but feature a warmer tone.”
Nguyen tells us she used an amber gel polish from Japanese brand Vetro in 260 on the base of the nail, then applied a razor-thin coat of metallic gel around the edges of the nail to create what she calls her “gold cuff.”
Nail pro Amy Rickaby used a cocktail of The Gel Bottle Inc polish in Glass Yellow and Chocolate to create this warm amber tone, then used foil to add on the gold border.
The perfect sweet spot between completely bare and full-on gilded, a sheer pink nail with a thin gold halo is subtle and chic.
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