Nail Art Alert! How to Create Ombré Nails

Nail Art Alert! How to Create Ombré Nails

The ombré trend has been everywhere recently: we have seen ombré hair, ombré on gowns, ombré handbags, ombré tights and even ombré makeup, and certainly one of our favorite trends is the ombré nails. The French world ombré means “shaded’ and in fashion it refers to anything that starts out one color and slowly changes into another, mainly from dark to light hues of the same color. Ombré nails are just fun, as you experiment with different color combinations, different hues of a color and each time come up with a new creative nail art. So if you are looking for another great nail art opportunity, this is an amazing trend to try. Let’s learn how to create ombré nails at home without going to a beauty salon, as it’s actually pretty easy to do.

Nail Art Alert! How to Create Ombré Nails
What you need for creating ombré nails are two nail polish colors, the ones you like the most and which complement your skin tone and outfits at the best, as well as a top coat, polish remover, a sheer of plastic, a makeup sponge and toothpicks. Before you start, keep in mind that you should do this very quickly, since the polish tends to dry fast, when applied with a sponge.

Now we are going to create ombré nails by layering down a base color and layering a contrasting color on it with a makeup sponge. The first step is, certainly, to clean your nails and push back the cuticles. Once done, apply the base coat, the lightest shade you choose. Wait a little until the base coat is completely dry to the touch.

The next step is to pour some of the two nail colors on the plastic sheet, next to each other. Make sure the two colors are just about touching at the edge. With a toothpick mix a bit of both the colors in the center. The area where the two shades mix will determine the length of the graduation. So if you want the fade to be long, mix a bigger section of the colors, otherwise, mix them just a little bit.

Now take your sponge and a flat part of it into the colors. Next dab it directly onto your dry nails a few times. Keep dabbing lightly and gently moving the sponge up and down in order to create a more blended look. You can repeat this action as many times as you want. Just make sure each layer is completely dry, before you dab the sponge on it again.

Nail Art Alert! How to Create Ombré Nails

Nail Art Alert! How to Create Ombré Nails
As a final step, apply the topcoat, which will help to blend the colors together. It’s advised to apply two or even three coats to get an even surface. The dabbing of the sponge makes the manicure a little bumpy, so with the help of a few topcoats you can create a flawless surface.

Last but not least, get rid of the additional excess with the help of a brush or a Q-tip dipped in polish remover. As you see creating ombré nails is quite easy and fun. You’ll just have to practice the sponge application and try to do it all fast.
For a more complex look, you can take a sponge, damp it a little and then use more polishes, more shades of the same color. This way, you’ll get more than just a gradation of one color.

There is an easier way of trying the ombré nail trend. If you don’t want to deal with the sponge, you just can take several shades of the same mani and apply each shade on each of your fingers, gradually going from the dark to light from left to right.

Nail Art Alert! How to Create Ombré Nails
Although most of these tutorials do ombré within one color range, you can try more cheerful nail art by using a wide variety of colors.

Here is a great tutorial, teaching another way of making ombré nails. Take a look, practice several ways and see which one works the best for you.

Ombré Nails Tutorial


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Written by Armine Karapetyan
Armine is the founder of and an avid fashion lover. When she's not busy examining the latest fashion trends and news, she's exploring a new style for herself or is pursuing new adventures and dreams. Find her on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.