Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How to Create Ombre Nails!

ombre nails tutorial

In the fashion and beauty world, we've become obsessed with gradients. From dip-dying our shirts, to our hair to our finger tips, we can't seem to get enough of the trend. The ombre manicure is something incredibly simple and easy to do, and the results are very cool!

There are many different ways you can create ombre/gradient nails, but today I'll be showing you one method, using a craft sponge.

Tools needed:

* You can use any three (more or less) shades you'd like! You can use different colors, or different variants shades of the same color.
* Make sure to allow your nails to properly dry before moving on to the following step.
* If the polish on your nails appear bumpy after using the sponge, don't worry, it will all even out by the time a top coat is applied.

How to Create Ombre Nails in 5 Steps

Step 1: Paint your nails with your chosen base color. Depending on the opacity of the polish, paint 1-2 coats.

Step 2: Pour a little nail polish on the piece of wax paper that will follow. Dip the tip of the brush in the polish. Now, lightly lay the brush on your nail, lining the brush up with the side of your nail, and rotate, or roll your finger against the sponge to coat the bottom half of the nail. Or, you can simply tap the brush across the bottom half of your nail.

Step 3: With the tip of the sponge, lightly tap where the second color began to create more of a gradient effect. Also add to any areas that needs additional polish.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 with your final shade, but this time only covering 1/2 of the previous color. White would have looked cool for my nails, but I wanted a little more flare, so I chose a holographic glitter.

Step 5: Finish off your nails with your favorite top coat. I like using a fast-dry top coat to reduce the chance of nicks and smudging.

ombre nail polish tutorial

Enjoy your ombre nails!

ombre nail polish

For reference, I used:
Sally Hansen Pacific Blue X-treme Wear Nail Polish
Orly Mirror Mirror Nail Polish
Milani HD 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer
Seche Vite Top Coat


  1. So pretty! I love the color combination!

  2. how quickly does this layering dry including top coat? I don't know if its worth doing in my salon...

  3. That's such a cute idea, will definitely try it! x

  4. lLooks awesome, I am deff gonna try this!!

  5. super pretty!


  6. beautiful! I love doing a red and gold ombre nail during the holidays :)

  7. I love how u show us all how to do it!!!
    amazing blue sparkling nails. ♥

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  8. Cute! We tried with two colors on a makeup sponge, that might create a better gradient effect!

  9. Awesomeee nails!! Definately going to try thiss(:

  10. This design looks very uncommon and that blue colour is very bright.

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