Introduction: Ombre Nails

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A few easy steps to create a subtle ombre nail effect.

Step 1: Things You Need

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  1. Cosmetic Sponge
  2. Clear Base Coat - "First Base base coat" by Essie
  3. Base Color & Lighter Ombre Color - "Bubble Bath" by OPI
  4. Darker  Ombre Color - Designer Series "Classic" by OPI
  5. Quick Dry Top Coat "Good To Go" by Essie
Clean Up - Remove the excess polish by using polish remover & a Q-Tip to clean around the edges.

Step 2:

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Add 1 stripe of your darker color and 1 stripe of your base color to the cosmetic sponge.

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Once nail polish is on the cosmetic sponge you're ready to apply your ombre to your nails!

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Roll the sponge onto your nail with medium pressure.

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Carefully lift off the sponge from your nail.  Sometimes a 2nd application is required when using the lighter shades.

After you're done with your ombre a little clean is required. 

Take a q-tip and dip it in your polish remover to clean up the excess polish.

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Apply 1 coat of your dry fast top coat & Voilla!  A subtle ombre nail effect.


MiraR7 made it! (author)2016-09-14

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DTHammie (author)2013-06-11

I dont have a make up sponge so what else can i use

thetrendynail (author)DTHammie2013-07-13

Make up sponges are really the best tool to use for an ombre. They have them at any local drugstore and supermarket. U can try the end of an old rag but I'm not sure how well that will work.

DTHammie (author)thetrendynail2013-07-15

k thanks :)

u cud try a kitchen sponge, or a piece of foam that came inside a package or something, hope this helped

china pink (author)2013-05-28

I love this.. this is awesome.

thetrendynail (author)china pink2013-05-28

Thanks so much! For more fun nail stuff check out my blog

thetrendynail (author)2013-05-22

Great! It also works well with a silver glitter polish on a natural nail too. The possibilities are endless!

mclare50 (author)2013-05-22

This is super cool!!! Thanks for sharing, and I will totally try this!! :-)

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