NAIL ART: Summer To Fall Transition Abstract Nails

by - August 31, 2023

I think my brain transitioned into fall vibes around the same time that every store started bringing out their Halloween displays. By which I mean, it was August 1. Honestly, I am not a fan of summer in general, as much as I love playing with fun summery nail designs, so I am thrilled to be transitioning into fall weather (even though it's going to be full on hot as balls here, today....) But I digress. I had this idea to put together what I loving call a Blobby Tip design featuring a bright summery color along with it's darker, more fall appropriate counterpart and I'm super stoked about how it turned out in the end.

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Because I wanted a nude base and my nail beds are... currently looking a bit ragged, I decided to sandwich my new favorite sheer nude - Cirque Colors' Georgette - with a new to my collection flakie topper from Sally Hansen. In the end, I think the topper was a little too subtle to really show through the sheere nude, but you can still get peeks of it in person and I think it's pretty. Very subtle, but pretty.

To do the flakie sandwich technique, you start with one coat of your sheer polish, then a coat of your flakie topper, and then one more coat of your sheer to get that pond effect. 

For the nail art, I chose bright shades of blue, purple, pink, orange and green and then paired them with darker, vampier versions of each of those colors. I started by applying a blob of the bright color to each nail on the same side - in this case, the pinkie side - and I gave that a minute or two to dry down so I wouldn't smudge it when I went in with the second color. On the opposite side, I applied blobs of the corresponding fall color. 

Next, I went in with my stamping. I chose a gold stamping polish for this mani for a few reasons, but mostly because I feel like gold provides a good transition from summer into fall. Not really sure how to articulate why I feel that way, but I hope it makes sense. I applied these sort of swoppy images towards the tip of each nail, centering them over the two blobs. I also added a little cluster of speckles towards the base of the nail.

Once I was happy with my design, I sealed everything in with a nail art top coat and then finished with a generous layer of matte top coat to bring down the shine. And voila!

All Products Used
Cirque Colors - Georgette
Sally Hansen - Glazed Top Coat
Color Club - Montego Bae
Color Club - Artsy Crafty
Color Club - Bright Night
Color Club - Peace Out Purple
Color Club - Twice Bitten
Color Club - Warhol
Color Club - Catch A Fire
Color Club - Favorite Flanel
Heroine NYC - In The Deep
Herione NYC - Lovesick
Whats Up Nails - Go For Gild
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Anchor & Heart Sea Glass Matte Top Coat
KADS Fashion 091 Stamping Plate
Uberchic Beauty The Rocker Tall Rectangular Stamper

I feel like this mani did exactly what I was hoping it would. And perhaps that's as much the transition of my brain away from summer nails and into fall, but I also think it's just a fun look even without that context. Also, if you like this type of design and are into stamping, I highly recommend picking up this plate from KADS because it really never fails me.

If you want to see a tutorial for this mani, be sure to head over to @pblnails on Instagram and follow me there to stay up to date on all of my nail art designs.

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