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In the past few years, ombré has made an appearance in the beauty world in more ways than one. First, there was ombré hair (shorthand for ombre), then came ombré hair extensions (shorthand for hair extensions in the ombré color scheme), and now we have ombré nails! Ombré nails are just like regular nail polish, except they feature multiple colors that fade into each other—instead of being solid on top of each other like gradients typically are.
What is Ombré?
Ombré is a color technique in which there is a gradual change of color—usually from dark at one end to light at another. (Source: Wikipedia) The word ombre came into fashion when celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, and Nicole Richie were seen sporting them during the spring/summer 2006 season. Now they are so popular that you see nail salons offering ombre nails as an option on their menu. An ombre’s main purpose is to add a little something extra for those who want something different than your average manicure. It’s not just about painting your nails with different colors, but it’s about creating art by using multiple colors together. Ombre can be done on any part of your body where hair grows including eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair, and yes… even pubic hair!
How to Do Ombre Nails at Home
Are you a DIY beauty buff? If so, then perhaps you can practice your freehand nail art skills on an ombré mani. Be sure to check out our guide on how to do ombré nails at home. It’s super easy—just don’t forget to top it off with a killer color like Kate Spade Saturday Soiree! We recommend using pre-made gel polish for best results. And make sure to paint in thin layers and avoid touching wet polish with your hands (to prevent smudging)
For those of you who want to use regular nail polish: Follow these steps from the YouTube channel Polished by Dani:
Step 1: Paint two coats of dark brown or black polish onto all 10 fingers. Let dry completely between each coat.
Step 2: On two fingers, paint two coats of dark pink or burgundy nail polish. Let dry completely between each coat. (For an ombré effect, apply lighter shades of pink toward your cuticles.)
Step 3: Using a small makeup brush (or even just a toothpick), add a dot of white nail polish to one side of your nails and drag it down about halfway across your nail in either direction. Repeat on another hand with more white dots. Let dry completely before applying topcoat. Note: This is only one example—there are many different ways to achieve an ombré look!
Tips and Tricks
Switching up your nail color is an easy way to spruce up a dull manicure. If you’re looking for something cool and trendy, try out some ombré designs on your nails! This look is all about making your fingertips look long and elegant. Plus, it’s also pretty low maintenance: just let them fade naturally or take off what paint has worn off after they chip! To get started, apply two coats of white polish onto your fingernails. Then, using a cotton swab dipped in polish remover (or a thin brush), wipe away at least half of each coat until you achieve that perfect gradient effect.
Ombre Nails Art Designs
Any kind of ombré is hard to pull off, but doing it on your nails is a good way to give yourself that extra pep in your step and a burst of energy. The best way that you can think about it is as an illusion. By combining colors such as cream, brown, and blue into one nail polish bottle, you can create an excellent transition from one color to another. This transition gives off a lovely effect when you look at it up close, especially in light lighting. If you want to take things a step further, then try mixing two different colors like black and white or purple and pink. When you mix these colors, they make for some stunning designs with bright hues that are sure to impress anyone who sees them!
How to Choose the Right Nail Polish Color For Ombre Nails
Choosing nail polish colors can be difficult. Here are a few tips that will help you pick out your perfect shade. First, find a color in between your natural skin tone and fingernail polish color. Then, pair it with just one or two other colors for an interesting look. Remember: if you want a simple look, choose only one color; if you want a complex design, choose at least three colors. When choosing colors, remember that light shades of any color make nails appear longer while dark shades make them appear shorter. The best colors for Ombre nails include Yellow/golden browns, reds, purples, and blues. Colors like black tend to overpower other colors so they should be avoided when doing Ombre nails. If you’re not sure which colors work well together, try looking up some examples online before heading to your local beauty supply store!