DIY Manicure For Fall

Happy Tuesday!!! Today we are tackling my favorite DIY for fall: DIY acrylic nail manicure! I know that it isn’t always easy (or possible) to get your nails professionally done every couple of weeks. Luckily, there is a super inexpensive way to fake acrylic nails that last. I am a lover of talons and clicky nails, and now I can do them whenever I need to and I don’t have to schedule an appointment! THE BEST PART THOUGH: they won’t ruin your nails like real acrylics. Let’s dive into this.

DIY Manicure For Fall

Before you start painting your nails, you want to make sure you have a clean canvas! Grab some nail polish remover and a cotton ball and run it over your bare nails. This will make sure you don’t have any oils or residue on your nails that will make your nail polish chip or peel sooner than it needs to.

DIY Manicure For Fall


I am obsessed with coffin nails and pointed nails. They remind me of vampire nails and I love how clicky they are. You can choose whichever style of nail you like best. There are all kinds of options. Whichever nail style you choose, just remember you want the brand KISS. In my opinion, the glue holds the best and lasts the longest of the diy nail kits. Also, they’re only $4.89 and you get at least two sets of nails out of one box.

DIY Manicure For Fall

When you open your nail box, there will be several sizes inside. You need to choose the sizes that best fit each of your nails. I go throw and test the size on each nail to make sure I have the right one before super gluing them to my hands. You want to place the glue on the back of the false nail and on your actual nail. Then press the nail onto your real nail and hold for 15 seconds. Wipe off any extra glue that comes out of the sides of the nail with a Q-tip and some acetone.


I love Essie polish. I think it holds up the best, they have amazing color options and they aren’t super expensive. I went with the wild nude shade. It’s a cool toned nude that matches my skin nicely. I prefer to wear natural or nude shades on my fingers because there isn’t anything I hate more than nails that don’t match my outfit. If I don’t do a nude shade, I do a french manicure. That way I can be sure I’m not clashing.

DIY Manicure For Fall

If you are opting to do an accent nail (like I did), you want to make sure you are choosing a chunky glitter. You are going to be packing it on in a thick layer so it’s opaque glitter instead of a sheer top coat, so the bigger the glitter pieces the easier it will be to pack it on without doing too many layers.

DIY Manicure For Fall

Start with one stripe of polish down the center of the nail and then swipe up on either sides. I do two coats to be safe. For the glitter polish, dip a q-tip in the polish and dab onto the nail. Make sure it is opaque and evenly covers your entire nail.


I usually like high shine finished, but I wanted to try this matte top coat this time around. TBH, I’m still on the fence about it. It is kinda matte, but not as matte as I wanted it to be. It’s almost just like dull-shiny? It’s fine and I’ll leave it but I wasn’t obsessed with it.

DIY Manicure For Fall

I used a high shine gel finish for the glitter to seal it so that the glitter wasn’t scratchy. This is my favorite top coat. It makes my nail polish last FOREVER. 100% would recommend.

DIY Manicure For Fall

Do the same process as you did with the regular nail polish here. Wait 30 seconds before applying another coat. Let dry completely before moving your fingers and using your hands.


DIY Manicure For Fall

Your nails don’t have to be done professionally to look beautiful. I think they can be stunning right at home! Give your nails the refresher they desperately need this fall with this cheap and easy DIY manicure!

DIY Manicure For Fall

Let me know your thoughts on this manicure in the comments below!!

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Taylor Mobley


  1. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 7th Nov 17

    GURL these are #fierce…I had no clue you DIY’ed these!!!

  2. Nikki Gwin | 7th Nov 17

    Your nails look great! I just might have to give this a shot soon. I had kinda given up on my fingernails because I do so much gardening, but since winter is coming, I think I’ll try again.
    🙂 gwingal

  3. Victoria Onken | 7th Nov 17

    Your nails look amazing! Does the glue damage your own nails? How long do they stay in for? The colors are super pretty! X

    • Taylor Mobley | 7th Nov 17

      Thanks girl!! The glue does NOT damage your nails. It comes off with acetone and leaves your nails as good as new. Mine usually stay on about a week and a half to two weeks, as long as I’m not doing anything crazy. 🙂

  4. Leslie@Peaches&Willow | 7th Nov 17

    I loooove these nails. I’ve been thinking about trying to do my own acrylics lately so this is definitely helpful. I love how yours turned out. I’m obsessed with muted/neutral tones, too and Essie is my favorite brand.

  5. Jessy | 7th Nov 17

    They turned out amazing! I love the nude shade and glitter you chose!

  6. ShootingStarsMag | 7th Nov 17

    Cute nails! I love Essie polish too.

  7. Kristen Jones | 7th Nov 17

    LOVE this DIY mani! They look so amazing–I totally thought you got them done in the salon!

  8. Kristen | 7th Nov 17

    Love these tips! I always tend to do my nails at home, so the more I can make them look like a manicure the better 🙂 I can’t wait to try these tips out!

  9. Becca Michelle | 7th Nov 17

    This is such a fun and cute hack! I totally need to try these out. My nails are in such bad condition right now.

  10. courtney | 7th Nov 17

    Such a smart idea babe! I actually do this all the time but I buy the multipack of nail shapes because my nails are super hard to fit!

  11. Amanda | 7th Nov 17

    Your nails look fab, love the color choice and the fun glitter!

  12. Jasmine | 7th Nov 17

    I wish I could do my own nails. I like to go to the nail salon instead. Lol

  13. Tiffany Haywood | 8th Nov 17

    I have come to a point where I am doing my nails at home a lot more often and actually have a few of these products myself. I love your results!

  14. Tatyanna | 8th Nov 17

    This manicure is too cute! I may save this to revisit for my holiday manicure.

    xx Tatyanna

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