Hi everyone! Today I have a short little post that features possibly the best nail art I have done for a long time. It's been a while since I've done some stamping and thought "I never want to take this off" but today it happened! Last year I bought the UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 02 plate from Nail Art UK and I think I only got round to using it once, if that. I've now used it several times over the last week and I am so glad I have it! Now that we're in October it officially feels like autumn, despite the high temperatures and sunny weather we suddenly seem to have again, so this is definitely the perfect plate!
To start this autumnal nail art I began with a base of 'I Cannoli Wear Opi' from OPI. I then did a kind of gradient for the leaves by applying blobs of different colours onto the stamping plate and used the scraper to blend them together slightly. The polishes I used were Barry M 'Kiwi' and 'Flip Flop' and 'Ard As Nails 'Banana Smoothie' and 'Jenny'. Nice little indie and mainstream mix in this mani! For the black stamping of the lines I used Painted Polish 'Midnight Mischief' which I bought from Rainbow Connection. A touch of topcoat to make it shiny and ta da! These came out way better than I hoped and I'm so pleased.
I've noticed a lot of people on instagram tend to matte their nail art mani's, maybe because the shininess hides some of the image? I don't know. Anyway, I thought I'd do that too to see what it looked like!
When I look at the matte version by itself, I do like it but then when you compare the two, you can see how much the matte topcoat dulls the colour. And autumn is bright and beautiful with all the oranges and reds so that's just not acceptable! I just love this mani so much. I also really love these double stamp images that UberChic are coming out with and I definitely need to get more of their newer plates!
If you want to try this yourself then you can buy Lovely Leaves 02 here from Nail Art UK.
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