How to: Ombré Nails

We’ve all seen the ever-so popular ombré hair that’s been an ongoing trend in the last few years, but this season ombré has turned to nails! It’s time to flaunt your fingers as metallics, nudes, minimalism and ombré hit the scene and takeover Autumn/Winter.

What is ombré? Ombré meaning ‘Shaded’ in French is the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.

I’ve never really experimented with nail polishes or techniques. I usually opt for milky browns, soft taupes, and a whole lot of nude pinks or reds.This is usually because I prefer gentle colours and tones, and I can hardly paint my nails so anything cool or wacky is too farfetched for me. But when the ombré nail trend had come to the spotlight this season, I wanted to give myself a challenge and see whether I could actually achieve the look and show you how you can create your own gorgeous ombré nails.

Don’t be frightened, it’s a lot simpler than you think! Enough talking, let’s get started.

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You will need:

Clear Nail Polish

2 nail polishes of your choice ( Preferably a light and dark colour )

A Makeup Wedge

  1. Start by applying a base coat to your nails. This protects your nails from getting stained by any polish.
  2. Apply the light coloured polish onto your nails. To help your nails dry faster it’s best to paint two thin coats rather than one thick, heavy coat.
  3. Next, take your makeup wedge and paint your ombré colors in straight, horizontal lines side-by-side across the sponge. These lines should be the same length as your nail. Use the lightest colour first and then the darker colour underneath the first. You may want to dampen your sponge first to create a better effect.
  4. Using the painted sponge stamp the polish onto your nails repeatedly.
  5. When you have finished the ombré effect on one nail, reload the polish onto the sponge so the colors remain wet and vibrant.
  6. Once you have finished and left your nails to dry, use a top coat to protect your polish from chipping.

I used a very light-toned nude pink from Topshop called Nice n Neutral and a silver glitter polish from Miss Sporty in the shade Coty Paris ( which I believe is discontinued now ). My aim, of course was to recreate the ombre look but also follow the trend of the nudes and metallics which is why I had chosen those specific colours. I’m very pleased with the result as the final appearance is very subtle, not overpowering at all, and creates a lovely pink frosted look.

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If you’ve decided to take the ombre trend for a spin, make sure to send us pictures across our social media platforms!

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