Pinterest strikes again! I have so many boards on Pinterest its unreal; the board I started when I was planning my wedding, Living Room inspiration, Harry Potter, Makeup looks…you name it, I’ve got one!
One of the boards I regularly add to is nail designs. I have this horrible habit of biting the skin around my thumbs, but I’ve found that when my nails are painted and I’ve made a bit of an effort with them, I tend to stop picking at my thumbs and they get a lot better.
Because of this, I make a regular effort to do my nails. I don’t pay to get them done; instead, a few years ago I invested in a UV lamp and gel polishes, and do my own instead. It’s a real cost-effective way of keeping my nails nice, and despite it being a little rough around the edges at first, I’ve gotten quite good at giving myself a gel polish manicure.
I like experimenting with different colours and designs, so my Pinterest board contains a large number of pins with various colours and styles that I use for inspiration. That’s where I came across this idea of ombre nails.
The way you achieve this effect is simple; you first paint your nails in the base colour and allow it to dry. Then, you take a second colour and paint a little onto the bottom of a sponge, and blend it in with a little of the first colour. I use a cocktail stick to ensure they’re mixed a little at the join, so you don’t get a straight line.
I then sponge the nail varnish onto my nails, making sure you get that ombre effect about half way.
It took a bit of practice at first; I found that I wasn’t always getting an ombre effect, but instead more of a two-tone look, but with practice I found that you need to blend the two colours onto the sponge really well to soften that join.
It’s a really pretty effect, especially when you use colours that compliment one another. I’ve used orange and pinks to get a summery effect, whilst two shade variations of the same colour looks really professional and classy.
I also did this over the Christmas period with red polish and gold glitter, which I applied just to the base of the nail. It added a really festive sparkle to a classic look, and I has so many compliments!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this, and what colour combinations you’d recommend!
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