Hi guys, Cat wanted to know how I did my ombre nails IRL today so I thought I’d just write it out really quickly.
You will need
~ Two colours of nail varnish
~ Clear nail varnish
~ Q Tips
~ Nail varnish remover
~ A make-up sponge (like ones you get to apply foundation. Theyll do. Make sure its clean. I just bought some new ones.)
Please bear in mind that I bite my nails so the nails you see in the picture are fake AND were applied in a hurry today, so yours will probably look better tbh!
Apply the first colour to your clean nail. Apply it in a smooth coat that is opaque and covers the whole nail. (In my case I used a robin egg BLUE)
Take the make up sponge and dot nail varnish in your base colour (BLUE in my case) against the very edge of the sponge. You only need to do one dot of nail varnish at a time! Do not colour the whole sponge or youll get messy fingers. I found that just a little bit less than the normal amount of nail varnish on your brush when you take it from the bottle is right, but you can experiment. Then dot the colour that you wish to gradient into (in my case GREEN) so that the dots are next to each other, with the base colour against the edge of the sponge and the new colour further into the sponge. The dots should touch.
Lightly tap the sponge against your nail, with the new colour facing the top of the nail (you can try switching the way you do this if you find it awkward Im just saying this is how Ive done it this time.) It will be bumpy, DON’T worry. Focus on tapping a few times so that the colour mixes a little on the nail. If you wish to you can add a little more of your top colour (GREEN) and tap the tip of the nail so the concentration of green is higher there. I did that.
If you just can’t help yourself, or if, like in my case, your colour combination is just screaming for something more, you can add a third colour. I added yellow to my combination but I used a polish that took more than one coat to show as yellow, so what it did here was make the green a brighter zestier colour at the very ends, which I was happy with. For this repeat the step before but without the base colour. Use less polish and build it up gradually. Tap further up the nail so less of the sponge makes contact with the nail, and therefore the 3rd colour wont cover the 2nd colour. If you have shorter nails than these then I recommend sticking to two colours.
Clean up. Dip the q tips in nail varnish remover and gently remove any nail on your fingers, its a messy method so take this opportunity to try and make your fingers polish free.
Use a clear nail varnish over all your nails once the base coats are completely dry (!). This will get rid of the bumpy sponged texture completely, and seal it all up. If you need to, repeat step five. Take photos and share!