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.
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)
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.
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.
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!?
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.
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.
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!