First off, I found a picture of different shaped leaves on Google and printed it out so I could trace over them as my attempts to freehand leaves were failing miserably. I used 4 or 5 different shaped leaves and used different nail polishes to colour them in, mixing them to get new colours or give the leaves gradient effects.
The nail polishes I used were:
Barry M Raspberry
MUA shade 6
w7 Flourescent Orange
w7 Coral Dream
Nails Inc Belgravia
a peachy/yellow nail art pen I got from a set from Argos
Max Factor Ivory
Maybelline Colorama Flames of Amber
Maybelline Colorama Beams of Fire.
Here's what I ended up with.
And here's all the leaves laid out.
For my nails, I applied my base coat and did two coats of Max Factor Ivory. You could use any base colour you want, I thought the gold would look nice. Then I placed some leaves randomly on my nails with a dotting tool. You can either completely cover the nail with the leaves or leave some gaps in between, I did the latter. If your leaves rip, tear or crumple up a bit on your nail, that's fine and would probably add to the effect. Add a top coat when you're happy with your nails.
Hope you enjoyed!