Gold Leaf Manicure Important Tip! Don't use the gold leaf available at craft stores, because they contain toxic impurities and you don't want to accidentally inhale or ingest them! Use cosmetic or edible grade gold leaf instead.
Take a piece of tape and blot the sticky side on your fingers and on the palm of your hand. When you do that, the oils from your hands stick to the tape making it significantly less sticky and easier to peel off the base coat.