Fall Leaf Nail Art

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Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Sunday meaning the weekend is close to over.  It's also midway through November which means Fall is close to over as well.  It feels like Fall has been dragging on because usually by now we have our first snowfall, even if it is just a trace.

Since Fall is still hanging around a little bit longer, I decided to do a Fall themed manicure.  After looking around Instagram, I came across this gorgeous leaf manicure by @badgirlnails.  I wanted to re-create it, but I was very apprehensive because in all the years I have been blogging, I have not mastered the glitter gradient.  Search the blog, you will not find a single glitter gradient because they just never work out for me.

Amazingly enough, I figured it out for this manicure, and I couldn't have been happier!  Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - Tye Die Tangerine
  • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
  • FingerPaints - Wrapped in Ribbon
  • Salon Perfect - Champagne Toast
Kind of pretty, right?  I really love Tye Die Tangerine!  Two coats and full coverage of a fun orange polish!  And it looks even more amazing with that top coat of Champagne Toast by Salon Perfect.  This polish is the gold sister of China Glaze Fairy Dust.  Right down to that strong smell that Fairy Dust has.  It reminds me of my beloved Northern Lights in gold, which was lost in a tragic Melmer accident a few months ago.  I really was upset when that broke, but happy I found a replacement within my own collection!

Now for the glitter gradient!  I started off with a base of white polish.  When it was dried, I took a make up sponge and did a gradient using white and a metallic gold polish.  I then went through with the glitter on the make up sponge and dabbed it on over the metallic part of the gradient.  So even if the glitter didn't fully cover the bottom of the nail, the gold color still was there so it looked opaque.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Think I should try more glitter gradients??

If I were going to re-do this manicure, I would probably make my leaf a little smaller on my ring finger.  I feel like it took over the nail.  Oh well!

Until next time, <3.

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