Mani of the Week: Autumn Leaves

As the leaves on the trees slowly die, I figured I’d immortalize them in my manicure for the week. Read on to learn how to capture autumn’s essence on your nails.

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What You Need

Top Coat & Base Coat:

As always, use the base coat and top coat of your choice. For base coat, I used one coat of the Sally Hansen Triple Strong 3-in-1 Gel Protection followed by a coat of the Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat. For top coat, I used the *Anise Pro Gel No Light Base Coat & Top Coat.


1. OPI Nail Lacquer in “AmazON…AmazOFF” – a deep jungle green

2. *OPI Nail Lacquer in “Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants” – a sunshine yellow

3. Essie Nail Lacquer in “Meet Me At Sunset” – a dark orange

4. Essie Nail Lacquer in “Blanc” – a snowy white


To create the design on the accent nails, I used the Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit and the leaves design from the BP-19 Born Pretty Stamping Plate. For a good tutorial on nail stamping, check out this video.

How To

Step 1: Apply base coat to all nails.

Step 2: Apply two coats of OPI Nail Lacquer in “AmazON…AmazOFF” to thumbs, pointer/second fingers, and pinkies.

Step 3: Apply two coats of Essie Nail Lacquer in “Blanc” to middle/fourth and ring/fifth fingers. Allow the polish to dry completely.

Step 4: Stamp two large orange leaves onto each accent nail using Essie Nail Lacquer in “Meet Me At Cunset”.

Step 5: Stamp two large yellow leaves onto each accent nail using OPI Nail Lacquer in “Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants”.

Step 6: Stamp several (recommended: 4-5) small green leaves onto each accent nail using OPI Nail Lacquer in “AmazON…AmazOFF”.

Step 7: Apply top coat to all nails.

Pro Tip

Whenever you perform nail stamping, be sure your base color is completely dry before you being stamping over it. Personally, I like to paint the base color on nails I know I will stamp, then do errands for a few hours, then come back to do my stamping. This way, I know the nail polish is completely dry and won’t smudge when I stamp on top of it.

Final Look

Obianuju Enworom

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