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Makeup: Gold Star Manicure DIY

Simple, yet pretty are the types of manicures that I tend to gravitate towards the most. I saw a pic of someone with unpolished nails and teeny tiny gold star decorations and thought it was such a simple yet elegant way to add a little bling to your normal nail routine. Really easy and really pretty? Where do I sign up!?

gold star confetti
wax pencil
-clear topcoat (I love this 8-free topcoat!)


Start with clean nails that have been trimmed and shaped to your liking (this is a great all-purpose manicure set to have around).

Spread out a few of your star confetti so they are easy to get to. Put a moderately thick coat of clear polish on one finger.

Quickly use your wax pencil to pick up stars one at a time and place them on the wet polish. Keep placing stars until you like the overall pattern. You may need to sharpen your wax pencil first to have a finer point to pick up the small stars more easily.

Repeat the process with each nail until all your nails have stars. Allow the clear coat to totally dry, and then use two more coats of polish overtop to seal in the design with dry time between each coat. Once your nails are dry, add a coat of cuticle oil (I love this one) to keep your nails healthy, and you’re ready to hit the town!

So pretty! This would be really cute for an event (or even a summer festival nail idea), and as you can see, it’s really easy to do. You can also paint your nails a color first if you want a bolder look, but I do think there’s something about the stars on nude nails that gives it a really clean look. The thinner the confetti, the lower profile your mani will have and the longer it will last as well, so if you find a different confetti you want to use, just keep that in mind. Have fun! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.


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