NAIL ART: Drybrushed Fall Abstract Nails

by - September 21, 2020

The technique that I used for this mani is one that I've sort of fallen in love with this past year. I feel like there's definitely a push towards abstract nails at the moment, with a lot of different techniques employed to create them, but personally I'm a big fan of adding little swipes of dry brushing to the nails and then adding in some sort of graphic stamping image. I had the idea for this mani sort of peripherally in my mind, but I didn't really have a colour story planned until I picked up a couple of new polishes from Londontown that felt like they would work perfectly together and fall into our #CBBxManiMonday Fall Shades theme for September and a plan came together.

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One of the new polishes I picked up from Londontown was Princess Awaits, which is a sheer white polish with a really pretty shimmer through it. This is one of those polishes that looks stunning worn sheer, but also builds up to a really gorgeous, opaque gel-like look on the nails, which is what I wanted as a base for this mani. I started by applying three coats to get the base that I was looking for and let them dry down pretty fully before I moved onto the dry brushing. Along with Princess Awaits, I also picked up Star Moss, which is an olive cream, which I realized could pair really well with two Londontown polishes I already had in my collection, so I grabbed for those as well. Chivvy Along is a beautiful teal cream and Pass The Port is a rich shimmery copper  - not necessarily two shades I thought I'd ever use together, but I think it worked. I dry brushed all three shades onto the nails, keeping the copper as more of a subtle accent at the edges of each nail. 

For the stamping, I really wanted to use Nicole Diary 101, which I recently picked up with just this type of mani in mind, and my new favorite black stamping polish, What's Up Nails Neither Noir. I started by applying the small dots image to each nail, keeping them at the edge where I would have applied dots with a dotting tool if I had gone that route. Next, I applied the slim leafy image to each nail, alternating the direction that I applied it from one nail to the next to really give each nail a different design.

Once I was happy with the stamping, I sealed it in with a water based top coat and followed with a quick dry glossy top coat and voila!

All Products Used
Londontown Lakur - Princess Awaits
Londontown Lakur - Chivvy Along
Londontown Lakur - Star Moss
Londontown Lakur - Pass The Port 
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Suncoat Water Based Top Coat
Quo Beauty Flash Dry Top Coat
Nicole Diary 101 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I really do think that these kinds of abstract nails are super fun - and they're also completely easy and customizable, even for beginners in nail art. Obviously I always end up adding stamping, since it's my favorite, but you can also hand paint a design or really just leave the abstract as is with just the drybrushing. Like I said, super customizable.

If you want to check out the video tutorial on how I did this look, head over to @pblnails on Instagram and be sure to follow me there for all of my nail videos. Also, be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK to check out their Fall Shades themed #CBBxManiMonday!

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