For this mani, I used the gradient technique. I first painted my nails using Brucci's Jan's Jazzy Ginger (orangey mustard yellow) as a base coat and let that dry completely.
Now in a normal gradient, you would paint neat stripes of color on a sponge and than sponge the colors onto your nail. The result of this technique normally looks like horizontal lines (going across you nail) that fade into each other, with no clear lines separating the colors. However for this manicure, instead of lining up the colors on my makeup sponge in straight lines, I dabbed colors randomly onto the sponge and than sponged the colors onto my nails. As a result, I was able to achieve a combination of colors that resemble the look of Autumn leaves that have fallen to the ground.
And because I was feeling adventurous and wanted to practice my free handing skills, after stamping some "fallen leaves" on my pinky and middle finger, I added the tree they had fallen from! (using a nail striper)
So here's to fall! Be sure to try and catch the Harvest Moon that will be out tonight, the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox (which is this Sunday, the 22nd). Celebrate the upcoming autumn season with something pumpkin flavored, a warm blanket, and as always, let there be nail polish!
“Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.”
―Siobhan Vivian , Same Difference
Julep - Catrina (mustard yellow)
Julep - Candace (brown sparkly tree)
Brucci - Jan's Jazzy Ginger (base coat)
L'Oreal - The Muse's Inspiration (metallic orange)
CQ - Golden Green
Sally Hansen - Copper Penny (glitter)
Mash 27 - Leaves