Fall-Inspired Gradient Glitter Nails

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I am head over heels with all the colorful trees this time of the year. A lot of leaves seem to have already fallen, but there is one tree that I can’t help but gush over every single time Kevin and I walk passed it, when taking Luna for a walk. The mustard yellow leaves seem so confident, laughing in the face of their fate. 

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Sigh… fall is always way too short! But perhaps, that’s what makes it so special. As much as I love summer, it is the earthy colors of fall that speak to my soul. So, here’s a nail art tutorial inspired by fall. I hope you enjoy it! 

You will need:

  • Quick-Dry Base/Top Coat
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Flat Brush or Q-tip
  • Dotting Tool
  • Beige Nail Polish (I used Plaster by Joe)
  • Gold Glitter Nail Polish (I used The True Gold by L’oreal)
  • Chunky Glitter (Fall colors) 

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Begin by applying a quick-dry base coat to protect your nails. Then apply one to two coats, as needed, of your favorite beige nail polish. Let each layer dry before adding the next.

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Next, apply your fine glitter nail polish at the top of your nails, in the shape of a crescent. When almost dry, add another layer of glitter, but this time in a straight line, and not the sides (this will create a gradient effect). I found this tutorial helpful. You could leave your nails like this, and just finish them off with a top coat, or you can move on to the next step.    

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Now the messy part begins! Ready for some fun!? GLITTER! GLITTER! GLITTER! And some more GLITTER! Yup, I got it everywhere! Is it even possible not to get it everywhere!?

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Apply a thin coat of your top-coat nail polish to the area where you will be applying the glitter. Apply the glitter while the nail polish is still wet.

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Dip your dotting tool in the same nail polish, just enough to get it slightly sticky. This will help with picking up the individual pieces of glitter. Place the glitter (I used dark brown and beige glitter) on the wet nail polish. Make the top area of the nail more concentrated with glitter and become lighter towards the middle of the nail. You don’t want to align the glitter perfectly. Some touching pieces, or some layering is totally fine. It’s all part of creating the gradient effect.

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Finish off with two coats of your favorite quick-dry top coat. This should seal everything in, and smooth out the surface. Use a flat brush/Q-tip, dipped in nail-polish-remover, to clean up any nail polish that got on your skin. And that’s it!! There you have your fall inspired gradient-glitter-nails! 

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DIY Geometric Nail Design

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I’ve really been loving all the splashes of gold that are trending in both fashion and home decor. So, here’s an easy DIY geometric nails tutorial for you guys, with a little triangle of gold! 

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You can wear these nails any time of the year, cause who says you can’t!? 😉 But I think the colors would look particularly great for fall and winter.

Supplies:

  • Quick- Dry Base/Top Coat
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Flat Brush (I used the brush from this Nail Art Tool Kit)
  • Nail Art Striping Tape
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Purple Nail Polish (I used Orchid by Joe)
  • Black Nail Polish (I used Jet by Joe)
  • Gold Glitter Nail Polish (I used The True Gold by L’oreal) 

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Begin by applying a quick-dry base coat to protect your nails. Then apply two coats of purple nail polish. Let each layer dry before adding the next.

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When the purple layers are completely dry, use two strips of the Nail Art Striping Tape to create two small triangles, like shown in the above picture (you will need one longer, and one shorter piece of tape). Make sure the tape is evenly and tightly pressed against your nails. Trim the tape with a pair of scissors, making sure you leave some extra tape at the end (so you can easily pull it off with your tweezers later).

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You can now begin by painting the larger section black, staying within the lines of the tape. Do the same with the gold glitter (you might need many layers of the gold glitter to fill it in well).

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As soon as you’re done painting, remove the tape with tweezers. 

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Once the nail polish is completely dry, finish off with a quick-dry top coat. There you have your beautiful nails, with a splash of gold!

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Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to share this tutorial with your friends! 

DIY Spring Flower Nails

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There is something I enjoy about each season. I love the hopefulness and life that Spring brings with it! With today’s rain here in Winnipeg, there is such a fresh smell in the air (I LOVE IT!). This is usually the time where I begin to feel happy and alive, and when I start to crave changes. The bright colors that have been hiding in the closet have come out, and I decided to cut my hair really short (although, really, I decided to do this a long time ago)!

Continuing with the Spring theme, these DIY Flower Nails have a nice pop of color and are super cute for spring! Plus, they are quite simple to do.

Supplies:

  • Quick- Dry Bottom/Top Coat
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Flat Brush & Dotting tool (I used this Nail Art Tool Kit)
  • Pastel Blue Nail Polish (I used Wave by Joe)
  • Pastel Pink Nail Polish (I used Pink by Joe)
  • Dark Pink Nail Polish (I used Plum Seduction by Revlon)
  • Creamy Yellow Nail Polish (I used Lemon Parfait by Mary Kay) 

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Begin by applying a clear base coat to your nails to keep them from turning yellow. It works as a protective layer. 

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Apply two coats of the Wave Nail Polish. I found that it works quite well to use the cool setting on my blow-dryer to dry my nails between each coat. It will speed the drying process.

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Using the flat brush and nail polish remover, remove any nail polish that got onto your skin. If you do not have a flat brush you may also use a Q-tip. 

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You will need your dotting tool for the next part (you can also try using the head of a bobby pin). Using the large dotting tool and the Pink Nail Polish, start forming the flower petals, using a circling inward stroke, getting narrower towards the center. Then, using the small dotting tool and the Plum Seduction Nail Polish, apply a smaller dot over the light pink and lightly brush it towards the center. Then apply a large yellow dot in the center, using the Lemon Parfait Nail Polish. Finish off with a quick-dry top coat. Here’s a short video for the visual learners:

 

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