While browsing Pinterest lately, I was struck by the coolness of the new-to-me trend of ombré nails. Ombré is a color gradient that has been in style for the past couple of years and I have seen it in hairstyles,
and even in food.
So recently, when faced with the dilemma of “what color will I paint my nails today?”, I decided to go ombré.
I scoured the web for tutorials, but most of them required a makeup sponge (which I do not own.). So I winged it and it turned out decently okay, so I decided to write my own tutorial.
What you need for success:
- Two nail polish colors, one light and one dark (for optimal contrast, use black and white – I used a sparkly light blue and a pretty non-sparkly purple)
- A non-plastic surface, such as an old plate (I happened to have a clean PB jar lid at my disposal) for blending the nail colors
- Optional: a nail polish brush (for optimal success)
- Paint your pinky nail with the dark color. I applied two coats of the purple nail polish to each of my pinkies.
- Paint your thumbnails with the light color. I applied two coats of the sparkly light blue polish to each of my thumbnails.
- To make the nail polish color for the index finger, use your mixing dish/PB lid jar to mix two drops of the light color with one drop of the dark color and blend. Apply two coats to both your index fingers.
- To make the nail polish color for the middle finger, mix 2-3 drops of the dark color and 2-3 drops of the light color. Apply two coats of nail polish to both of your middle fingers.
- To make the nail polish color for the ring finger, mix 2-3 drops of the dark color with 1-2 drops of the light color. Apply two coats of nail polish to your ring fingers.
NOTE: I used the nail polish brush of the darker nail polish to blend the colors, but if you have a standalone nail polish brush, you can use that instead.
Voila! When you’re done, your nails should look slightly better than mine:
Are you a fan of ombré?
Have a great week!