Nailed It: The Easiest Gold Foil Nails for Fall


Gold foil nail art tutorial (for fall)

When paired with a rich metal, like gold, copper, or rust, pastels are easily making their way into the fall season. Pastels, I’ll never quit you.

And with that in mind, we put together a fresh nail art tutorial, specifically for fall that mixes those pastels that I will (probably) always love AND gold…DIY gold foil nails for fall. This do-it-yourself nail art is WAY easier than it looks and it’s super glam / unique.

Gold foil nail art tutorial (for fall)


  1. Begin with your favorite base coat, and then add two coats of your favorite polish.
  2. While the polish is still tacky (don’t worry if your polish is quick drying, that’s fine) use a toothpick to add pieces of gold leaf to your nail polish, tapping lightly with your finger to make sure it is completely flat on your nail.
  3. Finish with a top-coat.

Not a fan of the light hues? Use a bold fall nail polish instead, like a deep forest green or a darker version of our grayish blue for a totally different look.

Nailed It: gold foil nail art

Nailed It: gold foil nail art

Smoke and mirrors. Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.

Nails Rachel Brewer
Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

What do you think of this fall nail look? Yay or nay?

11 comments | Click here to reply

Love this look! The idea to use forest green sounds right up my alley!

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Kiersten | September 13th, 2016 at 11:34 am

That was actually our first choice for these nails, Kiersten. But we had already done another forest green one (which will go live in the coming weeks) so we went with the powder blue.

Brittni | September 13th, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Love it! I love metallic colours, also on my nails but I never saw that someone put gold foil on them! Have to try it:-)
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Kali | September 13th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Definitely would recommend giving the gold foil a go, Kali. So simple to do.

Brittni | September 13th, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Definitely “Yay!” Love the idea of the forest green or even midnight blue.
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Kimberly | September 13th, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Gorgeous! I want to gold foil all the things!!! 🙂

Candice Yagmin | September 13th, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Love your nails. The combination of the 2 colors so pretty and girly

Nallely | September 13th, 2016 at 4:47 pm

My daughter will totally love this! She is into all things nail decor. I can’t wait to show her! Thanks for the inspiration!

Daisie | September 13th, 2016 at 10:58 pm

This DIY gold foil nails tutorial is so cute! I love the idea of transitioning this into fall with warmer colors. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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Helen | September 14th, 2016 at 12:53 am

I do my nails every week and am always looking for new things to do . I love this idea but where in the world do I get that foil? Lol
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Candace | September 15th, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Hi Candace. You get gold foil at any arts and crafts store that would work. Or you get smaller amounts that are already flaked and ready to go on Amazon. Here’s the link: Hope that helps.

Brittni | September 15th, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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