Leaves Are Fall-ing: Pigment and Foil Stamped Nail Art

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I LOVE Fall! It never fails that the drop in temperatures and a bit of crisp air will signal my brain to come up with some creative fall nail art. And I could not be more pleased with this combination of Magic Shifting Powder pigment, Magic Foil and metallic stamping on rich hues of polish.

It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged and boy am I rusty! I struggled so much trying to get this post underway that I even considered just sharing this design on social media and foregoing the blog post. But I felt as though I would regret that at some point, losing all the precious details. So here I am. Have you missed me???

The inspiration for this fall nail art design came from What’s Up Nails Magic Shifting Powder in Sunset, which I used previously in a look I called Shifty.  It transitions between red, orange and gold, just like the leaves are doing outside my window. The initial idea was to stamp my entire nail with leaves and cover them in the powder. And that looked nice. But, some 20+ nail pops later, I fully fleshed out the idea with individual leaves and the addition of some Magic Foil in Gold and swirly patterns done in tonal metallics.

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DESIGN DETAILS

Once again, I pulled out my Floss Gloss drawer and found the exact shades I had in mind for this look. I polished my thumb, index and pinky fingers with Floss Gloss Smoke On The Nail and accented my middle and ring fingers with Dinge and Keys To The Mansion, respectively.

In my testing, I found that matte topcoat gave me more control over where the Magic Powder would “stick”. I also felt that the elements really popped on the matte finish, so I topped my polish with Girly Bits Polish Matte’rs.

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First, I stamped a swirly design from UberChic Love & Marriage 01 onto all nails except my ring. You likely know that I am a HUGE fan of tonal stamping and I could not pass on the opportunity to add it as a layer here. I used Hit The Bottle Oh Look…It’s Wine Thirty over the mulberry and China Glaze Magical, a rose gold shade, over the nude.

Fall nail art, foil stamping, pigment stamping, What's Up Nails Sunset Magic Shifting powder, Moyra Magic Foil, What's Up Nails A011 Leaves are Fall-ing

Next it was time to add some leaves. I worked on one nail at a time, switching between the pigment and foil, but I certainly could have done all pigment followed by all foil. I loved the selection of leaves on What’s Up Nails A011 Leaves Are Fall-ing so much so that it became my name sake.

What's Up Nails A011 Leaves Are Fall-ing Stamping Plate

I stamped one leaf using Moyra Foil Polish for Stamping in White, dabbed on some What’s Up Nails Magic Shifting Powder in Sunset and rubbed it in with an eyeshadow applicator. A large, fluffy brush quickly removed the excess powder. I used the same polish for the second leaf and pressed on some Moyra Magic Foil in Gold.

I am so glad I added these 2 Moyra products to my arsenal. Yes, they are a tad pricey. But I feel they make pigment and foil stamping easier to do and I give me great results every time.

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The final step was to add a few small Clear Swarovski Crystals on each nail because they just needed a touch of bling. I used a tiny dab of Daily Charme Stick On Gelly to attach them.

Fall nail art, foil stamping, pigment stamping, What's Up Nails Sunset Magic Shifting powder, Moyra Magic Foil, What's Up Nails A011 Leaves are Fall-ing

Were you curious how this nail art would look shiny? Yeah, me too. I topped the nails with UNT Ready for Takeoff first because anything other than a water-based base/topcoat will wipe the pigment right off the nail. I spaced out during testing and applied regular topcoat directly and POOF, gone!  You’ll also want to be sure to let the UNT dry completely, for several minutes, before applying topcoat to avoid the goopy mess I encountered. I finished with a coat of Glisten & Glow Topcoat, previously HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.

Fall nail art, foil stamping, pigment stamping, What's Up Nails Sunset Magic Shifting powder, Moyra Magic Foil, What's Up Nails A011 Leaves are Fall-ing

PRODUCT RECAP

Base Polish: Floss Gloss Smoke On The Nail, Dinge, Keys To The Mansion

Basecoat/Topcoat: UNT Ready for Takeoff, Girly Bits Polish Matte’rs, Glisten & Glow Topcoat

Stamping Plates: UberChic Love & Marriage 01, What’s Up Nails A011 Leaves Are Fall-ing

Stamping Polish: Hit The Bottle Oh Look..It’s Wine Thirty, China Glaze Magical

Accents: Moyra Foil Polish for Stamping White, Moyra Magic Foil Gold, What’s Up Nails Magic Shifting Powder Sunset, Swarovski Crystals ss3 Clear

 

I must say that my Moyra Pixl Clear Stamper No. 12 made easy work of this placement stamping design. Let your mind wander for a minute to the days before clear stampers and what a nightmare a look like this would have been to create!! On a side note, this Moyra stamper has become my favorite clear stamper, beating out stampers from MoYou London AND Clear Jelly Stamper. It picks up even the shallowest of images with ease…yes, I am looking at you Moyra and Lina! If you can find it, I highly recommend that you pick one up!

I love scrolling back up through the photos and watching the Magic Pigment do it’s thing, subtly shifting colors as I changed my hand poses. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on this one! Do you like fall nail art as much as I do? Matte or shiny??

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

 

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  • I missed you! I kept checking back because it wasn’t long ago that I discovered your blog. I hope you are doing well 🙂 I saw this on Instagram and absolutely loved it, you may feel rusty but your nail art sure isn’t showing that. It’s probably the best autumn design I’ve seen this year, there’s something so special about it!

    • Awww, thanks Ithi! I really appreciate you checking back, as I am not posting as frequently these days. WOW, ‘the best autumn design this year’ is such high praise! Thanks so much!! I’m totally in love with this design too. xoxo

  • Cat

    Hi Karolyn, yes, we missed you these past months on your blog!! This is, as always, an awesome look from you. There are so many design elements, techniques, and products used that I would never even attempt anything like it!! Usually I am a glossy girl, but for this design, I prefer the matte. Everything just pops so much better. Gorgeous!! xo

    • Hey Cat! I’m sad that the ideas don’t come like they used to. Thanks so much for your kind words! I did use a TON of products for this one, but I think it was easier to do than it looks. I’m so glad I went with my instincts and created this design matte. Hope all is well with you my friend! xoxo

  • Jo lovesnailart

    This looks awesome WOW! The colors and foil and powders make a design truly autumnly 🙂 TFS

  • This is stunning! Great designs and execution. I want to try that kind of stamping.

    • Thanks so much An! I am really proud of this one. Absolutely give this type of stamping a try! It is easy to do with great payoff.

  • These are so, so, so stunning!!! I really love the colors and finishes your design includes, as always you are the master at using many mediums!! I prefer this design without the topcoat, but it was so great that you shared it with the glossy look as well. Oh, and I just received that stamper you recommended to me and talk about in this post — after my first experimentation with it, I’m hooked, THANK YOU.

    • Awww, thanks so much my friend! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed this design as much as I did! And I am so glad you were able to get this Moyra stamper. I don’t know what they did differently in manufacturing, but the pickup is far superior. Now you can help me to spread the word! xoxo