How to: Ombre Nails

Baby pink and Bright pink ombre nails

Baby pink and Bright pink ombre nails

Bored of the same one colour manicure but don’t think you can attempt something overly complicated? Well the ombre nail is the perfect solution. It’s very easy to do and doesn’t take long.

All you need for this is:

  • A clear top coat and base coat
  • 2 shades of nail vanish – I went for pale and bright pink. I personally think it looks good to use the same colour but in different shades as it gives a smoother more natural look.
  • A sheet of plastic – I used an old plastic wallet, but anything plastic like that would work
  • Toothpicks
  • A sponge

First of all, cut your sponge it ten rectangles. Make sure that the rectangles are about double the size of your nail. Once that’s done you are ready to get started. 

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Step 1: Apply base coat to protect your nails from staining or damage.

Step 2: Apply your lighter shade of nail varnish as the colour coat.

Step 3: Once that coat is dry, apply a patch of light nail varnish on the plastic sheet and the dark nail varnish along side it. Ensure you have enough nail varnish so that the sponge can soak enough and for it to transfer to your nail.

Step 4: Use your toothpick to merge the middle of these colours together. Not too much though, only the middle bit so that it gives off that gradual effect.

Step 5: Use one piece of sponge and place it on top of the nail varnish patch and push the sponge onto, this is so the sponge soaks up the nail varnish.

Step 6: Now place the sponge onto your nail. You can have it either with darker shade at the tip or at the base of the nail. Keep on moving the sponge left to right, to ensure that the maximum of nail varnish has been transferred over.

Step 7: Repeat step 3-6 on the rest of the nails.

Step 8: Finally apply the top coat to keep everything in place and it adds a smoother look.

And that’s it! It’s as easy as that! I think this is a great look and it looks great if you work in a professional environment and you can’t go too crazy with your manicures. It’s different yet still discreet.

If you want more nail ideas, visit my Creative Nail board on Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/caramelcup/creative-nails/

Enjoy

Laurie

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