Gold embodies luxury and taste no matter how you wear it, but our method du jour is on our nails. You can embrace the timeless golden nail look art in so many ways—glitter, foil, metallic, matte, textured—the options are endless. Whether you're looking for gold nail designs that are dripping in the metallic hue or different ways to wear a subtle accent nail, Instagram has no shortage of options. To help you decide which aesthetic is right for you, we scoured the platform to find some of the best gold nail designs to date. Ahead, see our 18 favorite ways to wear gold nail designs.
Nothing makes a metallic gold pop more than a black background. We love this combo and foiled look.
Sometimes, less is more. This tiny, subtle star is the perfect addition to this navy mani.
Over the Moon
These tiny painted gold crescent moons are out of this world. (See what we did there?)
Placing gold, star-speckled glitter on the upper, lower, or side portion of the nail is a perfect way to add some flair to your mani without verging on full-on bling.
Glitter is a neutral, right?
Rose Gold Tips
How about a fancy twist on a traditional French manicure? Swap the white tips for gold (or in this case, rose gold).
The gold, textured ring on one nail reminds us of an old-school wax seal.
This negative space mani pops just at the edges with the most delicate gold foil appliqué.
Sometimes, less is more,, even when it comes to nail art. In this mani, these thin gold lines stand out beautifully yet simply on a pure white background.
Lots of Lines
Almost creating a web-like vibe, these assorted straight lines intersect one another and create an eye-catching design on top of a neutral base.
These thin, straight lines make for the perfect geometric designs.
What's better than gold? When it's paired with art deco digits. Adorn your nails with these perfectly painted stripes for the ultimate glam-icure.
Call it a trefoil, call it a honeycomb, whatever you call it—this intricate pattern created with gold foil is a stunning way to rock some gold nail art.
Gold Meets Matte
Nothing makes a matte polish pop like a simple, gold accent.
Lots of Leopard
What's better than leopard print nails? Gold leopard print nails.
Emerald and gold gives us Wizard of Oz vibes.
Glitter, foil, and glue-ons make for a high-impact manicure.
Marble and Gold Flakes
Adding golden flakes to this teal marble mani adds the perfect amount of pizzaz.