I wanted to make a really fall-like color today, so here it is. It’s a sort of rusty copper with very, very subtle forest green streaks and shimmer. I was inspired by those fall gourds that are orange and green-striped, and also by pirates. So here goes my attempt to mix pirate copper + fall gourds. Yes, I’ve been told I’m strange before. But I love pirates and autumn and glitter, so why not combine the three?
Copper base: Red, add some opaque yellow until you get bright orange. Add a few drops of medium/dark purple creme or black if you’re very careful. Don’t go too dark here because the orange can turn to mud very quickly. If you have some translucent copper shimmer, add this to the orange. If you don’t have any shimmery copper, use a red shimmer for the base and add orange. You can also add a wam metallic, like gold, to your mixed orange base. If it’s too orange and not copper enough, add some bluish-purple. Apply the copper base and let dry.
For the green streaks, mix up a dark green with yellow and navy. You can apply the green to your dry nails with a mascara brush for a very bold effect, or apply a good clear topcoat and use a tiny brush to paint random green stripes horizontally. Then go over them with your topcoat right away and swirl them a bit. Try a few stripes on the sides of your nails to get the hang of it. You want the wet green stripes and the topcoat to combine so the lines are not harsh. I added a translucent pearl shimmer as a topcoat.