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DIY: How To Create Easy Ombre Nails

We’ve all fallen in love with ombre, whether it’s clothes, hair accessories, you name it.  Ombre is on our minds. This week we’re moving the trend onto our nails, creating a subtle effect with nail polish.

Here’s a step by step guide on how to create ombre nails.

What you’ll need: 2 nail colours of your choice, a sponge and a tooth pick

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One: Choose your two colours and decide on a base. Apply the base colour and allow to dry.

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Two: On a flat surface (we used a paper plate), paint a small amount of the two nail colours, side by side.

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Three: With a toothpick, merge the colours together slightly so there isn’t a definite line between them.

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Four: Dab into the colours with your sponge, right in the middle.

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Five: Sponge lightly onto your nails, starting at the top with a couple of dabs, moving down as the colour starts to weaken.

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And there you have it: Ombre Nails!

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Breaghan -August 2, 2012, 11:59AM

LOVE IT! Trying this today!

Becca -August 2, 2012, 12:37PM

I also just did this recently just with the sponge; no toothpick or paper plate required and it still looked fabulous. Just apply 1-2 layers of whatever base coat you want then let it dry. Then I painted a small amount of my top contrasting coat onto the edge of a sponge and just dabbed, layering it further towards the top of the nail. You can even go back and forth a bit alternating the colors with your dabbing for blending till it looks how you want it. Maybe a little thicker on the application, but it still looked cool, and was relatively easy to take off.

Taylor -August 2, 2012, 1:00PM

I tried this last week, and I think my nail polish was the wrong consistency because the color came out very thin and more clear than anything. I will try again today. :)

fp jemma -August 2, 2012, 1:28PM

great tips Becca, thank you!

Lynnette -August 2, 2012, 2:41PM

This looks so cool, thanks for sharing! Definitely gonna try this one out :)

fox + gypsy -August 3, 2012, 7:59AM

We’ll have to try this! always looking for fun beauty DIYS. Check out this fun festival style ie-dye nail one!

steph -August 3, 2012, 1:09PM

i love it im doing this tonight =]

Briana -September 4, 2012, 3:53AM

Just did this! It was super easy and I combined your directions with Becca’s, the previous commenter above. I can’t wait to try other color combos with this! It’s so easy and such a great effect!

Brelyn -October 23, 2012, 5:13PM

Nice and easy straight to the point because on YouTube they make it sooooooooo complicated so thanx

Michelle -December 11, 2012, 3:05PM

Doing this right now with red & gold glitter for the holidays! Love how this looks good on short nails. Perfect!

Grace -February 2, 2013, 12:04AM

i found using a sponge made it bumpy so i used my nail polish brush

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