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How to: Autumn Beauty Special 2013 … Gold Leaf Nail Art
Mon, 4 March 2013 12:25PM
So over the weekend I put my summer nail polish shades aside (temporarily) and decided to create some autumnal nail art. I loved the idea of autumn leaves, however I didn’t want to actually free-hand draw them onto my nails, so I came up with something a little different, inspired as I was by the gold-leaf look. Golden leaves and real gold leaf – it was meant to be, Primpers!
As for colours, I was all about using rich autumnal hues like green, rust, bronze and – of course – gold, to represent the just-fallen leaves.
Look! Isn’t it pretty?
But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s go back a few steps … Here’s what you’ll need:
- Base and top coat
- A deep, forest green base colour: I’m using Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Noir Emerald, $12.95, 1800 646 000
- Two shades for the leaves: I’m using Hello Darling Nail Laquer in Trumped, $19.95, Hello Darling, a shimmering gold, and the Mariah Carey and OPI Nail Lacquer Collection in Sprung, $19.95, department stores, a bronze-red glitter
- Two small, thin paintbrushes
Paint your base coat, followed by a layer of green nail polish. Wait for your nails to thoroughly dry, at least 10 minutes.
Pick up one of your polishes and paintbrush, and, in a dabbing motion, form a leaf-like shape on your nails with three separate peaks. The dabbing movement makes the leaves look more natural, as the bristles should fan out slightly.
After a few minutes, grab the other nail polish and repeat step three, overlapping the other leaf so it appears like they have naturally fallen on top of one another.
When the two leaves are touch-dry, use your toothpick to etch short lines through the centre of each peak of the leaves. Repeat the process on each nail.
Slick on a layer of top coat, and voilà!
Tell me, Primpers, do you switch up your nail colour for autumn?
Would you try this leaf-like design? If so, which colours would you use?