NAIL ART: Fiery Falling Autumn Leaves Nails

by - November 14, 2022

Fall colors are and always have been my absolute favorites and I definitely get excited about pulling them out when the weather starts to get cooler - or, in this case, when Halloween has passed and it's basically right on the cusp of winter here in the Canadian prairies. Today's mani is definitely all about the color story and the pairing of different (absolutely gorgeous) finishes of polish, with the leaves design mostly acting as a vehicle for the combination, at least in my mind, and I have to say I'm pretty obsessed with it.

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So like I said, the color story was the most important part for me here and I spent a lot of time thinking about and then choosing just the right polishes for what I wanted to do - and it did actually evolve as I went until I got to just the right pairing. I started with the base polish. I don't think Polished For Days' Ruska is available anymore, but it's one of those polishes that I'm just so thrilled to have in my collection and will likely be one I often reach for during the fall. On the nails it gives this almost smoky faded brick red look with the combination of the marsala crelly base packed with pink-yellow-green iridescent flakes and it just absolutely screams fall. 

I started by applying two coats of Ruska to all of my nails as my base for this mani and I let them dry down while I moved on to my reverse stamping. 

I actually went back and forth on which linear holo polishes from my collection I wanted to use for this mani before settled on a bold fuscia, a rich orange, and a sort of browny mauve, all from Color Club. For me, these colors all made perfect sense with the base polish but also had enough punch to stand out against it. I decided that I only wanted the full image on one of my nails, with the others only have 1-2 leaves scattered at the tip. With that in mind, I picked up my images, chose which leaves I was going to place on which finger, and then used a dotting tool to fill them in. One nice thing about this stamping image is that the size of the leaves combined with the thickness of the lines really does make for a quick and easy fill and these holo polishes dry down quite quickly, so this is a fairly quick and easy mani.

Once the images were ready to be transferred, I went one finger at a time starting with applying a thin layer of sticky base coat, giving that about a minute to dry down until it was tacky, and then transferring the design directly from the stamper. On my ring finger, I actually decided after placing my image that I wanted to add one more leaf - so I did!

Once I was happy with my design, I sealed everything in with a nail art top coat and then followed with a glossy top coat for shine and volume. And voila!

All Products Used
Polished For Days - Ruska
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Color Club - Cosmic Fate
Color Club - That's Rich
Color Club - Unbreakable
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber
Sweet & Sour Lacquer Floss Sauce Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B021 Autumn Tales Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Stamper & Scraper

There's this one light in my house, in the hall near the back door, where I like to go look at nails that have holo in them to really see the impact and when I went and stood under that light with this mani I knew I had a winner. I mean... I'm just so in love with this and I really love the pink lean to it, because even though it's undoubtedly warm and fall appropriate I definitely think it stands out against all of the orange and mustard and olive that tends to pop up at this time of year. 

Be sure to head over to @pblnails on Instagram to check out a video tutorial for this mani, and follow me there to keep up on all of my nail art designs. Also, head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK for more Fall themed nails for this week's #CBBxManiMonday!

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