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Falling for Autumn

The weather here in Ottawa has certainly cooled off and autumn seems to be in full swing.  I definitely felt it was time to paint my nails with some more earthy, season appropriate shades.

I opted for Foie Gras Nail Polish by China Glaze (from their Hunger Games collection) as well as Don’t Mess with O.P.I. (from their Texas collection).  Both shades are creams with no shimmer or glitter.

earth tone manicure

brown and green manicure

Of course, if you want to replicate this and don’t have access to these two limited edition shades, just find yourself any two earth tone shades that contrast enough to create a fun look for fall.

Begin by using a base coat on all nails, this will help prevent your nail polishes from leaving any sort of stain on your nails.  I used Seche Vite’s Clear Base Coat.

best base coat for nails

Once dry, I started out by painting half of my nails green and the other half brown, alternating for each finger.  (Totally unecessary, but it was fun leaving them for a day like this)

Foie Gras Nail Polish by China Glaze and Don't Mess with OPI Nail Polish by OPI

Then, the next day you want to take some clear tape (whatever you have around the house will work fine) and create whatever patterns you would like on your nails.  (If you don’t want to wait a day in between, use a fast drying top coat to help set the base polish, because if it isn’t 100% dry, the tape will pull it up and ruin your manicure!)

nail designs using tapescotch tape manicure

The tape helps you create perfectly straight lines for dual toned manicures.  No mess!

fall inspired manicure

What do your nails look like this fall?

autumn manicure



As you can see, Sunday was a perfect day in Ottawa to stay in, watch a movie and paint your nails!

Ottawa fall day

7 responses

  1. Ohhh!! Beautiful picture! ❤

    October 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    • I’m assuming you mean the shot from the balcony? Miss having you here!

      October 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      • All pictures are great, but I was talking about the balcony, lol! Miss you too!!

        October 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  2. Wow it really is autumn there already too!

    The colors are so autumn-appropriate!

    October 3, 2012 at 4:20 am

    • Thanks Sunny – I really wanted something earthy and not so bright and after rummaging through my pile of polishes I came up with the brown and the green. 🙂 Just so happens that I’d never used the “Don’t Mess With OPI” green before, so it worked out well.

      October 3, 2012 at 6:30 am

  3. Urgh. Weather. 😦

    October 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    • It’s definitely something that we can’t control, but have to put up with regardless. 🙂

      October 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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