If there was ever a time to stay up to date on the latest nail trends from eye-catching embellishments, subtle nudes, metallic finishes and the always on trend shimmery gold nail design, it’s right now! Seasonal nail trends come and go, but there’s always an occasion where everyone wants to get a little outside of their comfort zones and try something new. Instead of opting for the more predictable neutral nail art designs, try spicing up your nail inspirations with fun and unique designs you can do right from home. Get inspired with these looks that will have your nails covered all year round.
50 Unique Gold Nail Designs to Stay Up to Date
But first, let’s talk about how on-trend gold nails are! The evolution of nail art has grown significantly with top fashion icons rocking ombré manicures, colorful geometric patterns, and rhinestone embellishments. The most difficult decision you have to make when it comes to your next stunning manicure is color choice. Gold nail polish is an obvious choice when it comes to finding a color for your nails whether it be for a special occasion or for everyday wear. Why? Well, there are so many versatile shades of gold to choose from. A subtle shimmer of gold is soft and sophisticated and is the perfect accompaniment to any outfit. A high-shine metallic gold is great for accent nails or when layering. You can choose a sleek rose gold for a classic look or take it up a notch with gold sparkling French tips. The possibilities are endless.
I also love how gold nails can look both feminine and edgy at the same time. There are truly no rules when it comes to gold polish so don’t just limit yourself to wearing gold only during the holidays just to play it safe. It’s truly a color that will have you looking classy and elegant all year long. Are you ready to check out the hottest gold nail trends of the year? Get out your best nail tools and give these trendy gold nail ideas a try!
1) Accessorize Your Nails with a Gold Foil Manicure
Upgrade your nails this season with beautiful golden nail art featuring black polish, gold foil, and gold embellishments. This manicure makes such a statement with the mixed designs and studded detailing. Nail foils come in a variety of colors and can be used on your whole nail or cut into pieces and placed individually.
2) Lust-Worthy Minimalist Nail Trend
Nude nails never go out of style. The simplicity of this manicure is so timeless with a neutral nail polish and a gold accent tip. This minimalist accent featuring a textured sweater-like design makes such a glamorous statement that can be worn for any occasion. This is such a high-fashion nail design that anyone can pull off.
3) Elegant Rose Gold Nail Design
Just like a beautiful diamond necklace or a stunning pair of earrings makes us feel elegant, now you can add dimension to your nails with classic embellishments for an elegant look. This is the perfect manicure for a special event such as a wedding, ceremony or celebration. The rose gold glitter and embellishments are eye-catching and so regal.
4) Trendy Romantic Rose Accent Nails
Gold pairs well with so many colors, but my favorite pairing is with shades of red. This white polish with the rose detailing really brings life to your nails. The gold sparkle and detailing add dimension and style to your mixed manicure. This trendy look is both romantic and fashionable.
5) Dashing White and Gold Elegant Manicure
Make your manicure glitter with a white and gold nail design. White and gold nails are glamorous and this manicure, in particular, is so elegant featuring lace-like detailing, gold tips and solid sparkles. The design technique is very unique, bold and fashion forward. Wear this alluring manicure for a special occasion or a fun night out.
6) Awesome Henna Tattoo Inspired Nail Art
From festivals to fashion shows, henna tattoos are popping up everywhere. These intricate designs are gorgeous and are now making an appearance on our nails. This unique and one-of-a-kind henna inspired nail art is simply stunning! The matte rust polish with black henna art and gold accents are truly incredible. Create this look with henna nail decals, gold glitter polish, gold embellishments, and a matte rust-colored polish.
7) Subtle, Yet Sophisticated Gold Foil Manicure
Pale pink and gold is such a classy and sophisticated color combination. This artsy and creative gold foil technique has become anything but basic. This manicure features eye-catching golden nail art with foil, glitter and thin stripes to create a distinct texture that is feminine and flirty. Whether you are attending a wedding or a casual day at work, this is a super cute manicure for any occasion.
8) Edgy Matte Gold Foil Nail Design
Matte nails have been popular for the last few years. Unlike traditional nail polish, matte polish doesn’t have a shine and gives your nails an edgy vibe. Foils are an intricate nail art design that provides that wow factor and this manicure does just that. It’s a simple and easy way to make your ordinary manicure a bit more interesting.
9) Currently Crushing on Minimalist Nail Art
While some nail art is bold, loud and expressive, minimalist designs are much more subtle with negative space and attention to detail. This French tip in black is chic and super cute with the gold flakes placed as accents. This is such a subtle design that is minimal, yet still makes a statement.
10) Simple Mixed Media Manicure DIY
Do you remember wearing a different color polish on every nail back in middle school? Luckily, it has become a popular nail trend recently with several different styles being worn at one time. Alternating colors on every finger brings out your personality and style in a fun way. The simple colors of pink and gold mixed with a classic French tip is an easy manicure you can do right at home.
11) A Touch of Glitter Goes a Long Way
Red and gold nails were made for each other. This color combination gives your manicure a luxe, vibrant look that is high fashion and evokes elegance. The gold glitter accent nails and the dot of gold are simple, yet really makes your manicure pop. This gold nail design is easy to achieve from home with minimal effort!
12) Feel Glamorous & Luxe with a Metallic Accent
If you’re looking for a warm and glamorous manicure, a touch of gold is a classic option. Create a stunning at home manicure with a shimmering gold polish and pair it with a subtle nude. This look is so sleek and can be the perfect option for nearly any occasion.
13) Runway Ready with Grey & Gold
This striking combination of grey and gold will have you runway ready. This eye-catching manicure uses a holographic-like gold glitter polish that adds extra sparkle for the ultimate finish. A little extra diamond embellishment as an accent really tops off this ultra-chic manicure. How pretty is this trendy gold nail design?
14) Good as Gold Simple Nail Art
This shiny gold polish has a smooth finish that works well with any outfit! It has a warm glow that is elegant and regal. It’s not as bold as most gold polishes, but it’s also not as subtle. It’s a great color to have handy as it feels classy enough to wear to a formal event, but also casual enough to wear when you’re just grabbing lunch with a friend.
15) Grunge Meets Glam Date Night Look
Grunge was a huge fashion statement back in the 90s, but today grunge nail art is having its moment. This edgy vibe is intriguing, flashy and pretty awesome if you ask me. The matte and gloss mix adds texture along with the gold ombré sparkle. This color combination works so well together and would be perfect for a night on the town.
16) Awesome Transparent Gold Flake Nail Art
This has got to be the best look for a transparent manicure! These nails are so creative and artistic with the gold foil flakes on clear acrylics. Wear this manicure during any season to make a statement. This is such a cool design that is sure to spark up a conversation.
17) Fashion Forward Animal Print Nails
With so many different ways to express your style, your nails are definitely an easy outlet for expression. With animal print being one of the biggest runway trends this year, why not incorporate it onto your nails? This cool golden nail art design featuring zebra print and gold glitter really stands out.
18) Lovely Floral Print for any Season
Floral nail designs are perfect during any season. This navy, gold and grey combination really complement each other well and can be easily achieved right at home. The floral detailing is feminine and really pops well with the matte navy blue and gold shimmer accent nail. Add a sleek gold nail art strip to finish off this lovely look.
19) All the Fall Feels w/ this Chic Mani
While on the hot topic of floral nail art, this design is so chic and unique. This manicure looks like it came straight from a pretty painting! The black and white floral design is so creative and pairs perfectly with the navy blue and rose gold glitter polish. The gold studs really add an edgy touch that really ties it all in and completes this autumn look.
20) Mermaid Style Ombré Nail Art
Feel like a beautiful mermaid with this sophisticated and flirty nail design. Mermaid nails have been sweeping social media lately and rightfully so. This pink and white ombré manicure gives such a clean and effortless feel and by pairing it with the gold design dimensions these nails are super on trend.
21) Glam It Up with Rusty Reds
If you love all of the shades of autumn, then you’ll love this gold nail design. This bold manicure features a rusty red matte polish with gold glitter accents. This champagne gold sparkle creates a gradient finish that adds texture next to the matte polish. Glam up your next look with this super simple nail design.
22) Edgy, On Trend & Chic Mirrored Nails
Chrome nails are having a moment this year! Unlike a classic manicure with simple polish, this shiny finish is edgy, on-trend and totally chic. With nude nails that are slightly transparent next to these mirrored metallic nails, it’s truly a next level manicure when it comes to beauty goals.
23) Perfect Color Combos with Endless Possibilities
By combining the right colors together, you can have a stunning mixed manicure that can compete right up there with the nail artists you see in magazines and online. With endless possibilities, why limit yourself to just one color, right? Experiment with different shades like this burgundy, pink and rose gold mix that really flow well together and stand out (in a good way) .
24) Experiment with a Transparent Gold Nail Design
This champagne glitter design is universally chic. With just a base coat and gold glitter polish, you can recreate this beautiful look with ease. Using a makeup sponge for the glitter application will make the gold more gradient and concentrated. This is a look that is cute, edgy and would definitely win best dressed in the nail department.
25) A Touch of Glitter Goes a Long Way
A simple touch of shimmer and shine can add the perfect pop to your manicure. This nude manicure with conservative gold glitter produces such a mature and sophisticated look. It’s such a lovely look that could be worn for a wedding or more formal event or even casually while grabbing a latte. The colors are so subtle that it will also match virtually any outfit you own!
26) Mind Over Matte with Burgundy & Gold
You don’t have to spend hours on your nails to be beautiful. The simplicity of this manicure is sexy, elegant and proof that sometimes less is more. This burgundy matte polish paired with gold glitter as an accent is such an easy manicure you can do yourself and wear for all year round.
27) Glam Up the Classic French Tip
The traditional French tip manicure has been given a little facelift with this reverse half-moon base featuring gold glitter and a solid gold accent pinky. The black sleek polish adds a classy and edgy feel while the gold cuticle base provides a minimal design with tons of negative space. Finish it off with a top coat to increase its longevity.
28) Glitter & Glam Gold Nail Design
This manicure is super simple to create and takes minimal effort. With just a few coats of this crystal glitter polish, you’ll have a glamorous look that is perfect for any special occasion. This manicure adds a whole lot of sparkle and elegance that stands out in the crowd.
29) Effortless, High Fashion French Tip Manicure
French manicures have been popular in the nail art fashion industry for centuries. The French manicure can be worn with anything and for any occasion. It’s such a versatile choice that looks simple, elegant and effortless. Adding a gold nail design as an accent spices it up a bit for a more high-fashion look.
30) Sparkly Gold Glitter Nails to Finish Your Look
Glam up your manicure by adding some pretty gold glitter to it! The pink and gold combo mixed in with white polish and studded embellishments are so chic. If you’re tired of the same boring nail designs, then it’s time to opt for something new and fresh like this super cute mixed manicure that is sure to shine wherever you go.
31) A Fun Textural Mixed Manicure
Mixed media nail art is a hot trend right now. Whether it’s a mix of holographic design and embellishments or glitter foil and tattoo-inspired prints, this fun textural spin is so unique and creative. This manicure, in particular, is so impressive with its striking detailing. Upgrade your next manicure with this bold and beautiful design.
32) Black & Gold Studded Nail Art
Create a beautiful and glamorous look by pairing black and gold together for your next manicure. The cuticle nail design is super trendy with a sweep of gold glitter along the cuticle. The stiletto shape makes a bold statement while featuring large gold embellishments over a black matte finish.
33) The Best of Luxe with Solid Gold
This highly reflective gold shine polish is easy to apply and gives off such a bright level of sparkle that is sure to gain attention. It has an intense twinkling effect and shines intensely without being too flashy. There’s just something about the glitz and glam of this manicure that is so fun and festive.
34) Accessorize Your Nails like a True Goddess
Your nails are your best accessory. With this unique manicure, each nail gets its own intricate design. The texture here is one-of-a-kind with a mix of both transparent and matte polish, gold flakes and glitter as well as gold embellishments and studded detailing. There are so many gold nail ideas you can wear to showcase your own personal style.
35) A Subtle Romantic Touch of Gold
There’s no doubt that gold nail ideas are a fan favorite. This sweet, romantic manicure features a soft subtle shade of nude with a touch of gold shimmer. The artistic floral design is so minimal and elegant making this manicure perfect for a wedding, ceremony or another special occasion.
36) Pretty Pops of Pink & Gold
This manicure has the best of both worlds. A soft shade of baby pink with pops of gold really gives this manicure a high class, on-trend look. The gradient gold ombré accent is so subtle and when paired next to the minimalistic gold strip it really shows all of the attention to detail that went into this beautiful manicure.
37) Rock Your Holiday Sweater with Golden Nail Art
The holidays give us a major excuse to get outside of our comfort zones when it comes to finding our next manicure. The design most often seen on your nails during this time of the year is a holiday sweater print. The black and gold color choices are so tasteful and beautifully done.
38) Jade is the New Black
There’s just something about green that is so pleasing to the eye. In some cultures, green symbolizes earth, growth, success, joy, and hope. There are many shades of green and this jade manicure is just so calm and relaxing even against the glitter accents and gold foil detailing. This is one of those gold nail ideas that may take up time applying them, but the end result will be completely worth it.
39) Your Nails are a Canvas, Flaunt Them
Nail design is truly a form of art. Your nails are like a blank canvas that can be painted any way you want with barely any rules to follow. The pink and gold color combination is a girl’s best friend. This paint splattered design is so creative and the gold glitter adds the perfect accent.
40) Get Your Fingertips
Whether you want to showcase your school spirit or simply make a statement, turn your basic manicure into something truly unique by adding letter designs. Letter nails are a custom way to add personalization and creativity with minimal effort. This subtle orange manicure is an awesome way to wear your words in fashion.
41) Golden Nail Art Designs with Stamps
Exude exuberance and richness with this black and gold nail design. The black and gold color combination in this manicure is stylish and complex. The stamped patterns aren’t as difficult to apply as one would think either. The process simply involves brushing black polish onto the stamped plate, pressing down and then releasing. Finish it off with a top coat and you’re as good as gold.
42) Party Perfect Gold Foil Nails
Gold foil gives off a sparkling look that is really quite easy to achieve. This neutral peach manicure is beautiful as it is, but by topping it off with some gold foil overlay it really glams it up. This look is perfect for a party, special event, wedding or even a night out.
43) It’s All About the Shimmer
Chrome nails are the hottest trend right now in the nail art world. This high-shine manicure has a mirrored effect that takes this manicure to the next level. By mixing the silver chrome next to the gold glitter, your nails will have a shimmery look that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season.
44) Pixie Dust Nails in Rose Gold
This elegant manicure adds the perfect touch of femininity whether you are attending a wedding or just another day at work. The combination of the baby pink polish with the rose gold sparkle is striking and will stand out no matter what you’re wearing. I love how the glitter is subtle and doesn’t completely fill the entire nail.
45) Mix & Match to Make a Statement
Combine all of your nail art inspirations into one to make a strong statement. This fun mixed manicure features a soft baby pink with one hand having gold embellishments and the other hand an artistic vibe. Although this manicure is unique, it is most certainly eye-catching and such a fun conversation starter.
46) Express Your Style with Golden Nail Art
These days, expressing your style isn’t limited to clothing. Recently, nail art is playing a prominent role in the fashion scene. It’s the perfect accessory that you can switch up as often as you’d like and can be as subtle or as bold as you wish. This stunning manicure features a glossy base with gold embellishments and a touch of glitter.
47) Give Your Digits a Fresh Clean Look
Give your nails a clean and fresh look with this gold nail design. This manicure features a soft peach shade with gold glitter accents. Sure the French tips, artsy designs, and bold colors are still stylish, but sometimes you just want a basic manicure that isn’t too loud but still very on trend.
48) Holidays & Half Moon Nail Designs
So not only is this manicure super cute and holiday-ready but also it makes nail growth nearly undetectable. Leaving negative space at the base of your nails means you won’t notice any growth at the cuticles. The subtle gold snowflake design is perfect for the holidays without overdoing it and is such a playful look that will match any outfit you wear this season.
49) Black & Gold with Glitter Gradient Effect
There’s no better way to express your style and personality than through creative and beautiful nail art. This fashionable gold nail design features a gradient look that is easy to do without a trip to the salon. You can apply the gold glitter on the base and go heavier at the tips or vice versa.
50) Take Your Manicure to a Whole New Level
Take your traditional manicure to a whole new level with 3D nail art. The combination of the mirrored rose gold metallic accent nail, glitter and pearl-like embellishments provide an interesting way to glamorize your nails. With a little time and effort, this decorative manicure is perfect for your next big event!
50 Top Gold Nail Designs We Love
Whether you prefer subtle shades of gold or bold embellished detailing, there’s a manicure for you. Painting your nails can be calming and therapeutic, which is why many women spend so much time doing their nails themselves. It has become a beauty obsession over the years and is such a unique way to show off your style and personality. With all of the various textures and colors, you can wear on your nails finding your next manicure is easier than ever. Some of the best nails look from the runway feature metallic chrome powder, animal print, grunge detailing, shimmery shades and feminine embellishments. Which of these gold nail ideas is your favorite?