DIY Gold Leafing / by Noel Jean

Gold leafing has been around for quite some time, but if you ever wanted to change things up a bit and add a little flare to your everyday accessories or make up check out some DIY tips on how to achieve this look!

You'll need:
  •  one sheet of imitation gold leaf
  •  spirit gum or non toxic liquid adhesive
  •  a foam brush
  •  tape

 Start by cutting the sheet of gold leaf into half inch strips. Use scotch tape to tape off an area of the skin.

The gold leaf will not adhere to anything without an adhesive agent so an application of spirit gum is necessary. Apply a coat of spirit gum. (Spirit gum, which is normally used for affixing wigs and fake mustaches, is a great non-toxic solution and can be found at most speciality stage makeup stores or Ricky’s in New York.) With a foam brush, dap the spirit gum until it becomes tacky. 

Pick up a strip of gold leaf and press the gold side onto the tacky area with pressure. Remove the strip and repeat the steps until the whole area is covered. 

Remove the tape and use your fingers to smooth out any loose flakes. The gold leaf should stay on for at least 8-10 hours. Spirit gum remover or rubbing alcohol can be used to remove it if necessary.

That's it!!