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How to Do Ombré Nails

Ombré nails are really fun and surprisingly easy to do! The color scheme I chose feels very tropical and summery to me. Today, I will show you a quick tutorial on how to get this look.



You will need:
  • Nail polish (two to three colors is good) 
  • Top coat 
  • Cosmetic sponge 



You can start by cutting the cosmetic sponge to the approximate size of your finger. Next, you will want to completely saturate the sponge with water. That way, the sponge doesn't just absorb up all the nail polish.

Begin by painting your nails with a base coat. I used the lightest color as my base coat. Next, start painting your sponge. I did one stripe of the cotton candy pink, then a stripe of the coral, and lastly a stripe of the hot pink. You want to be pretty generous with the amount of nail polish you apply to the sponge.

Give it a few seconds to let the sponge suck up some of the nail polish. You don't want the outside to be too wet or the gradient effect will not come out as well. When it looks okay, press the sponge onto your nail. Repeat this a few times with a patting motion. This will blend out the harsh lines and create the ombré effect. Don't overdo the patting or it will start looking lumpy on your nail.

Repeat with the rest of your nails. Apply more nail polish if you have to. Once you are done, finish it off with a clear coat!



I hope this tutorial made sense to you. If not, here's a pictorial I found off google. (Couldn't find the original source because I've seen this picture on a ton of different websites.)


This look is so fun and easy to do. I want to try other color combinations. Next time, I think I'll try some contrasting colors! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you decide to try this, I would love to see what colors you chose to do! :)

8 comments

  1. I tried doing ombre nails a while ago, but mine turned out bumpy...but after looking at your nails I think I'm going to retry it soon :)

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  2. i love the color combination!

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  3. Such a gorgeous color combination, the nails look perfect for the summer! Thanks for this tutorial, I'll def try out my own gradient nails sometime :D

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  4. I love the ombré nail! Haven't tried it out myself yet but I see this nail look on instagram often. Thanks for the tutorial Natalie :)

    Dawn @ Pursiko.com

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  5. thanks for your comment on my makeup post haha
    i usually put on concealer first because i can have extra coverage when i put on foundation. But i sometime put concealer after use to add that highlight affect because my concealer is a tone lighter than my original skin haha :) but try it out i think both ways works out nicely :)

    p.s i just did my nails like this today :0 love it !

    <a href="http://keiko-chau.blogspot.ca> keiko-chau.blogspot.ca </a>

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  6. This is such a pretty tutorial! I'm definitely going to have to try this with some fun summer colors!

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  7. This is such a great tutorial. Seriously. Thank you so much for it! I still have yet to try out the ombre nails. :)











    Lynn | Makeup With Tea

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