How to create ombre/gradient nails



This is just a quick guide on how I create ombre nails. There are other ways but this is quick and easy enough. The longer you spend on them, the better they will look. I admit these were a little rushed as I was in a hurry so they don't look the best they could have done but hopefully yours will.

I create mine using only two colours. You'll want to pick two shades that are similar in colour so that the gradient is more effective.

I chose the two below.



You're also going to need something to apply the darker shade with. I use the other end of an old eyeliner but you could also use a sponge eyeshadow applicator or simply cut off some sponge if you have any.



I always apply a clear base coat to my nails so if you also do, then that would be your first step. After that is dry then apply two coats of your lightest colour.



Once the main colour is dry, you will need to use the brush from the darker nail polish to paint the tip of your nail. Only apply this to one nail at a time and complete the next steps before starting a new nail, otherwise the tips will dry too quickly.



Use the brush to dab a small amount of the darkest colour onto some paper. Don't tip too much out, you can always get more later.



Lightly dab the applicator/sponge into the nail polish on the paper and apply it over the tip, working down and across towards your cuticles. You don't want to go all the way down, stop at about 3 quarters of the way down. As you go down the nail, make sure you are not using as much pressure to apply the polish and dab lighter. This should create the gradient effect you are after. You should have something similar to below.



Next take the brush from the darker polish and paint the tip again. You should be able to see how much of the tip you need to paint again to blend the colour in better with the top section of your nails.

After this is all dry, you can then apply a clear coat on top. This tends to smudge the colours a little when I do it so you may have to be careful; you don't want it to rub off everything you have just done.

You can also add some glitter if you like. Just make sure you apply more at the tip and none at the bottom of the nail.




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16 comments:

  1. So clever, and it looks amazing. :)

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    xo

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  2. I love the ombre effect! This is the first time I've seen it done on the nails. awesome!

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  3. very cool i have to try this!!

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  4. woow thank you! This was very helpful (:

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  5. Very cute! Thanks for the tips.

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  6. Super pretty! Thanks for this great tutorial (=

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  7. great job, it looks very pretty!

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  8. Great tutorial...going to try this.. I'll add it to the list of all my other tricks to try :) haha

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  9. Cool !! It looks very pretty! :)

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  10. wow thats absolutely STUNNING! and so easy too :) i definitely needd to try this out!

    i just found your blog btw.. its lovely! you have a new follower <33

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  11. Thanks all. Worth having a go, at least it's one of those things you can get rid of easily if it goes wrong!

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  12. This is a really cool look! Thanks for the tutorial =)

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  13. You did a real good job :) it looks amazing :)

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