So with the weather definitely rainy and glum now, I decided to see if I could get my nails to blend in with an autumnal theme.
I used (ironically) the MoYou Tropical plate number 23, as this has several leaf designs on it along with a couple of new colours I bought today; Mesa Sunrise (a burnt orange), Midnight Madness (navy), Cafe au Lait (nude) and accents of Ginger Rust (a green-gold colour). I’d say you could use any leaf design or plate, for me, an autumn design is more about the colours than the actual design.
This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:
- MoYou Tropical plate 23
- MoYou Crystal Clear Stamper and Scaper
- Jessica Reward base coat
- MoYou cuticle guard
- MoYou top coat
- MoYou Mesa Sunrise
- MoYou Midnight Madness
- MoYou Cafe au Lait
- MoYou Ginger Rust
- Nail polish remover
- 99% IPA
- Lint-free cloth
- Cotton pads
- Small brush
- Dotting tool
- Lint Roller
- Why do I need all this?
The following steps and images show how you can achieve this nail design yourself. I will just do my index and little fingers as examples.
Prepare your nails with a base coat. I used Jessica Reward as it suits my nails.
Apply the cuticle guard.
Once dry, apply the base colour – Cafe au Lait, or any nude colour. Make sure to paint the nail edge to prevent chipping.
Allow to dry and now prepare the plate with IPA and lint free cloth. If the plate is dirty the stamp won’t work as well.
For the index finger I will be applying coloured leaves, first one in Mesa Sunrise then one in Midnight Madness. Apply the paint to the plate, scrape over and pick up the paint by gently rolling over a clean stamper. Be fast and do not allow the paint to dry. Once picked up on the stamp, remove any unwanted paint with a lint roller and then transfer the paint to the nail by pressing down firmly.
For the little finger I will be applying coloured stripes, first one in Midnight Madness, then two in Mesa Sunrise. As before, apply the paint to the plate, scrape over and pick up the paint by gently rolling over a clean stamper. Remove any unwanted paint with a lint roller and then transfer the paint to the nail by pressing down firmly.
Use a little Ginger Rust and a dotting tool for some accents on the nail.
Remove the cuticle guard with tweezers and tidy up the nail with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover.
Cover the nails with a smudge-free top coat (MoYou top coat), before applying your favourite top coat.
Try different combinations to create a nice look where every nail is different but all with the same theme!