Recreate Julie K’s Gold Stripe Nail Art from NYFW

Monday, March 2, 2015
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By special request, today I will show you an easy way to recreate the gold stripe nail art from the recent Fall 2015 Delpozo show at NYFW. This super chic nail art look was a huge hit, popping up all over my Instagram feed. The beauty is in the simplicity and the unique blend of shiny and matte finishes.

The design was created by Julie K for Essie, who painted the gold stripes freehand. As reported on Glamour.com, she first gave nails an all-over coat of Matte About You before layering stripes of Good As Gold, Rock at the Top, and Second Shine Around topcoat down the center of each nail.

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Photo credit: julieknailsnyc/Instagram

For my version, I simplified the technique with striping tape. The tape serves as a guide, making the look easier to DIY. I also swapped out the glitter polish for loose glitter to demonstrate another easy way to add sparkle. The result is a foolproof way to recreate the look!

Get the step-by-step tutorial after the jump.

How to Recreate Julie K's Nail Art from the Fall 2015 Delpozo Show at NYFW

For this look, you will need:

Matte topcoat (I used Nail Tech Hydration Therapy Moisture Balancing Topcoat Matte)
Gold nail polish (I used OPI Nail Lacquer in Love.Angel.Music.Baby)
Loose gold glitter
Nail art striping tape (I used Y2B striping tape)
Optional: Nail art brushes (I used ones found in the Kiss Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter Kit)
Gloss topcoat (I used Kiss Nail Art Sealer also found in their Nail Art Starter Kit)
Silicone or orangewood stick (I used one found in the Kiss Salon Secrets Nail Art Pro Tool Kit)

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1. Start by painting all nails with a layer of matte top coat.

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2. After your matte layer has completely cured, prepare for your gold stripes by cutting 2o small pieces of striping tape and dumping a pile of gold glitter onto a paper towel or small piece of wax paper.

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3. Apply the striping tape to your nails leaving a space down the center of each nail as shown.

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4. Paint the center stripe between the striping tape with gold polish. You can use the brush housed in the nail polish cap but I found it easier to work with a narrow nail art striping brush.

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5. While the stripe is still tacky, use a flat nail art brush to transfer the glitter onto the stripe. Optionally, you can just dip nail into the glitter and wipe away the excess.

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6. Apply your gloss top coat over the center stripe only, using the side edge of the brush.

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7. Carefully peel off the tape. You will want to do this before the polish has completely set, if possible.

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8. If any pieces of glitter extend beyond the stripe, use a silicone nail stick or orangewood stick to gently push it onto the center line.

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