Ombre Nails




About: A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in Surface Pattern Design. My surface of choice... NAILS! I enjoy discovering simple and easy ways to dress your naked nails!

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

Step 1: Things You Need

  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:

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

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

Roll the sponge onto your nail with medium pressure.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

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



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8 Discussions


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.


Reply 3 years ago

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


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


6 years ago

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