NAIL ART TUTORIAL: Fall Nail Idea For Beginners [2023]

simple fall nail designs

Here is an easy fall nail art idea using gel polish on a nail tip. The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu. It can only mean one thing: autumn is here!

And what better way to celebrate the season than with a festive fall manicure? Gel polish that comes rich earth tones like the Modelones Vinyl Record is a great way to add a touch of autumn to your nails, and there are endless possibilities for creative nail art designs.

fall nail art tutorial

This tutorial is a simple yet chic fall nail art idea that you can easily recreate at home. With just a few supplies and a little bit of time, you can have an Instagram-worthy manicure that will get you in the spirit of the season!

We are doing this fall nail art design on a gelly nail tip that has been prepped to remove the shine.

Also, this DIY fall leaves nail art idea is using gel polish that needs to be cured under a UV lamp. If you are following along with regular nail polish, just skip the cure instructions and wait until each layer is dried before going on to the next step.

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Easy Fall Nail Art Design

Step 1: Prep the nail tip by gently buffing off any shine. Make sure that all residue has been cleaned off with a lint free wipe with some isopropyl alcohol. If you are using nail tips that are already prepped for gel polish, you can skip this step.

Step 2: Apply a base coat and cure for 30 seconds under a UV lamp

Step 3: Paint the whole nail with the light taupe color. Make sure the nail is fully covered with a light layer. Smooth the gel polish out so that you have a super smooth finish. Cure for 30 seconds.

fall nail art tutorial taupe color

Modelones Vinyl Record Gel Polish on Amazon

Step 4: Apply a second coat of the light taupe color. Cure for 30 seconds. You now have the base color all ready for the next step. This color is really pretty and perfect for the base of a fall nail as it is very understated. The color is warm and not too dark so it will go perfectly with the other colors.

If you do not have this exact set, that's ok. Just use a similar color from a gel set that you already have.

second gel coat of the fall nail

Step 5: Prepare the next colors onto a mixing palette.

Gel polish is sensitive to light. That's why it's important to use a mixing palette when doing your own gel nails.

Put all of the colors you are going to be using onto the mixing palette. Then close the cover of the gel set. Using a mixing palette protects the gel polish from your cure light. It's one of those must have nail art supplies.

fall nail art ideas

These are the colors that are being used next. A mustard yellow, burgundy, light orange glitter, dark orange glitter and gold glitter.

Of course you can choose whatever colors you like for the fall leaf, but a mixture of colors will provide a depth of color and richness that will stand out.

fall nail art tutorial choosing colors

Step 6: With the yellow polish start to draw a leaf with a fineliner brush. A helpful tip is to look online for shapes of leaves for inspiration.

fall nail tutorial

Step 7: Change to a darker color and draw in the basic leaf shape on the other side.

fall nail art tutorial

Step 8: Blend the colors into the middle of the leaf and cure for 30 seconds.

Step 9: Now you can layer and blend the colors to your liking. Add more colors mixing the glittery oranges with the yellows to create a blended effect.

fall nail art tutorial

Every time you are happy with the layer, cure under the lamp for 30 seconds before going on to the next layer.

If you run out of colors on your pallet, just get some more. Always keep the original palette away from the UV light.

diy leaf nail art idea for fall

Step 10: Add gold glitter accents with a fineliner nail art brush. You can add as much glitter polish as you like. Just add the gold gel polish here and there for accents. It's going to catch the light in the most stunning way.

Once you are happy with the gold gel polish, cure for 30 seconds to set.

blending a fall leaf for nail art

Step 11: With black or brown gel polish, paint in the veins of the leaf. Start with the smaller veins up at the top and sides. Then bring the black polish down to create the stem of the leaf.

Once you are happy with the design, cure for 30 seconds.

adding the veins to the fall leaf nail art

Step 12: Thoroughly cover the nail with a glossy top coat and do a final cure for 60 seconds.

top coat for a fall leaf

Here it is! What a gorgeous fall leaf idea. Fall is the perfect time to get creative with your nails. With DIY nails, you can let your nails show off your personality and style.

fall nail art tutorial

We hope this fall nail art idea was easy to follow and create. And like always, you can take any idea on this blog to use for your own inspiration.

If you have a press on nail business or an at home nail tech looking for some new ideas to try, go ahead and have fun!

Fall Nail Supplies (Amazon):

Modelones Vinyl Record Gel Polish

Gelly nail tips

Base gel coat

Glossy no wipe top coat

UV nail lamp

Video Tutorial: How to do a fall nail art design idea

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