Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadians! In honour of this holiday, I have of course created a new mani. Any excuse to do my nails, right?
- For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder. Then I painted my thumb and pinky with a deep brown metallic polish (KL Polish Prince Cornelious) and the rest of my fingers a light brown creme (KL Polish Peanut Butter).
- To do a gradient on my pointer and ring fingers, I used that same light brown, a mustard yellow, a burnt orange, and a muted red polish (I used KL Polish Peanut Butter, Caramello, Cha Cha Cha, and Brick Sidewalk). To prepare for doing a gradient, I applied the Mini Mani Moo Mess No More Liquid Nail Art Tape around the cuticles. Then I painted one stripe of each shade beside each other on a cosmetic wedge sponge, and dabbed it on my nails. To achieve full opacity, I repeated this step multiple times, letting the polish dry a bit in between.
- I then applied a top coat to all of my nails (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat), and dropped an elongate triangle stud from La Paloma Boutique on both my thumb and pinky nails near the cuticle before the top coat dried.
- After letting my nails dry completely (hours), I used the What’s Up Nails Leaves Stencils on my pointer and ring fingers. After applying the stencil and making sure that it was pressed down firmly, I used a gold polish (KL Polish Princess Penny) on a cosmetic sponge to apply the polish to the stencil. Voila! Pretty golden leaves!
- For the pumpkins, the night before doing this manicure I used a toothpick to draw many different sizes and shades of pumpkins on a nail art mat. I use the Mini Uber Mat from Uber Chic, but if you don’t have a nail art mat you can just use a ziploc bag. One of those thicker ziplocs will work better than a thin one which can get all crinkly. You want a flat surface. After letting the pumpkin shapes dry completely, I used a toothpick to draw curved lines down the surface of the pumpkins in a shade that was slightly lighter than the base shade. The shades that I used for the pumpkins were OPI It’s a Piazza Cake!, No Tan Lines, A Woman’s Prague-ative and Tangerine Scene.
- Then, after completing step 4 of the mani, I carefully removed the best-looking pumpkins from my nail art mat, applied a tacky base coat to my middle nail (American Classics Yellow Stopper Base Coat) and attached three different sizes of pumpkins to my nail. I arranged them so that the largest was applied first, then the next two were applied so that they were overlapping, making it look like three little pumpkins sitting all together, with the largest at the back. Then using a toothpick I dabbed on little stems with a green polish (China Glaze Paper Chasing). To finish it off I added a little glitter with KL Polish Das Esspensive XXVI, and used the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
While I used quite a few different polishes to create this mani, it can certainly be simplified and you can use similar techniques to produce something very comparable! I just love using all these Fall shades together!