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How to: Autumn Beauty Special 2013 … Gold Leaf Nail Art

Mon, 4 March 2013 12:25PM

Despite my love of warmer weather, I do enjoy autumn. Days and nights are just that little bit cooler, and there’s not much I love more than pulling out my heavier quilt and snuggling up at bedtime.

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:

  • Toothpicks
  • 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

Step 1:

Paint your base coat, followed by a layer of green nail polish. Wait for your nails to thoroughly dry, at least 10 minutes.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 6:

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?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Mon, 4 March 2013 01:14pm

    Thanks so much hayley for another great nail tutorial.
    I adore the finished result. It really is autumny. Ill try this for sure :)

    I dont really switch my colours per season. I like to wear brights all year round :)

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Mon, 4 March 2013 02:49pm

    Aaaah Hayley this is brilliant I have an emerald green and golden green, might try this one out!!!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 4 March 2013 06:06pm

    These are gorgeous! I first thought they were stick on leaves but then I realised you painted them on. I love the colours yo

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 4 March 2013 06:07pm

    ^colours you used :)

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Mon, 4 March 2013 06:53pm

    That is gorgeous!! I love it so much, I don’t think I’d be able to paint the leaves onto my left hand though, let alone my right hand! Might give it a go sometime, it looks amazing!

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Wed, 6 March 2013 11:06pm

    How I wish I was more talented at nail are than I am…

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 7 March 2013 10:26am

    That looks so amazing.
    I’d be devastated when they chip!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 7 March 2013 03:04pm

    Very cute Hayley! Will have to give this a go :)

  • Posted by: meedee Master Fan // Thu, 7 March 2013 03:13pm

    i would love the leaf design but only if someone else would do it for me….I have anough trouble applying a plain coat of nail polish

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Sun, 10 March 2013 01:46pm

    BEAUTIFUL!
    one of the best nail art tutorials i’ve seen

  • Posted by: missselin Master Fan // Wed, 13 March 2013 09:11am

    Oh, I love this!!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Tue, 9 April 2013 11:54am

    It has an oriental vibe, I like em’

  • Posted by: MissJo Devotee // Tue, 9 April 2013 12:51pm

    Gorgeous! I love your nail tutes!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 19 May 2013 10:54am

    This looks so nice, great job Hayley :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 3 June 2013 04:14pm

    I really like this nail art, so clever, something I would love to try. The effect is lovely.

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 10:37am

    A gorgeous choice of odours that work so well together.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 18 July 2013 12:41pm

    very cute

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 18 September 2013 10:59am

    They look simply gorgeous!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 11 June 2014 01:29pm

    This is a lovely eye catching design for nails, love it.