Lipstick-sock-gate aside, my nails in yesterday’s video were the most popular chatting point in the comments and thank Lord cause I had already planned to pop up a post on it today (gossip: there’s a lot of planning going on at VDM at the moment to make sure there’s some feast of fabulous posts over the festive period – my bedroom currently looks like a glitter makeup bomb has hit) – phew! Black and gold is a bit of a timeless trend and always brings back waves of D&G to my mind so why not lend it to nail art, and when I saw Tiffany D create a monochrome and metallic look I was inspired to put brush to nail and pick up my polishes myself…

Firstly – this is ridiculously easy, if a shakey bakey person like myself can manage to make it look half decent then it gets a number one in the difficulty stakes. I began with Leighton Denny Maneater*, a glossy black, but any cheapie dark polish would do and lacquered on two coats all over the nail. I then took Ciaté’s Ladylike Luxe, a shimmering shinning gold that was recently opened in the Ciaté Mini Mani Month and painted on another two layers, just focusing on the mid-to-tip of the nail – almost applying it as though my nail had shrunk. Sounds tricky, but the size of the brush lent itself to this technique perfectly. On went the topcoat and I was good to go.

The jury’s out on whether I truly loved this look, so I think next time I’ll mix it up and layer the gold underneath with the black on top – living life on the edge baby! But for one of my first forays into nail art it ain’t all that bad. The Queen of fancy nails herself Lily Pebbles, would be proud…

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  • Wiktoria

    Looks good, might have to try this :)

  • Claudia

    this looks stunning! very elegant yet with a touch of fancy :)

    and I couldn’t help but notice: ouch, face versus hand tanning 😀
    but I know the dilemma, my hands also tan very… little or sometimes uneven, haha.

  • Lisa Stenberg

    Looks amazing!

  • KLG_Hair

    They look amazing! Simple but very effective.

  • Hannah Cagney Lace

    They look perfectly festive Anna- definitely going to give this a whirl.
    Hannah from

  • Karen Chin

    This is a beautiful look for the nails! I really love the Ciate gold shade :)

  • Cecilia Fortunato

    love the nails!! think I’m gonna try this soon

  • Emilie Garnes

    Love this! Tried something similar myself, but my taupe base colour didn’t show up as much against the contrasting bright it all ended up as a little failure, but I will try again! Love your blog as always Anna, xx Em

  • mousie x

    this looks gorgeous and soo effective! your a very inspirational person anna!

  • Andreanne X

    I don’t think I could manage this look because I have a very shakey hand when it comes to nail painting but it’s very very pretty on you!

  • Hearts&Crosses

    Wish I could manage to do this, its just beautiful! Such a party festive look


  • Kimberly

    wauw, i love this! (:

  • Rita Mendes

    Tried it, couldn’t make it look decent… Must keep trying I guess! Love love love your blog xxx

  • Jade | Beauty Butterfly

    these are beautiful :) x

  • Sophia Ford

    I’ve tried framed nails once before but the colours I decided on completely clashes, so I quickly took them off. Yours look great! And you’ve inspired me to give it another go :) xo

  • onmynailstoday

    Ooh, love this on your nails. I’m going to give it a whirl this weekend, just have to find a way to keep the shakes at bay.

  • Claire

    I really like it, it’s different but you definitely pull it off Anna :-)

  • Reine Soignee

    Such an elegant manicure! Love it!

  • Lucia Yin

    Your nails are so stunning. Black and gold has always been my favourite colour combination too!



  • jess

    love this!! is so pretty 😀