Tools needed to create Ombre Nail Art:Before you start, make sure you have all of the tools needed to create Ombre Nails at your disposal and that everything is easy to reach. You’ll need to move fast in order to pull off this design, so you won’t even afford to keep the lids on your nail polishes.
- Basic manicure tools (file, scissors, cuticle remover & co.)
- Shinny Top Coat
- 2-3 color polishes (maybe nude nail polishes with glitter nail polish tips)
- Sponge (with at least one flat side)
- Plastic sheet/Foil
- A cup of water
- Q-tips, adhesive band, brush & acetone (clean-up)
- Quick drying nail top coat
DIY Ombre Nail ArtIn order to achieve this look, you can choose complementary colors or color block hues, but I find it best to use gradient colors (dark to light and all in the tonal family). Experiment with different combinations and see what works for you.Step 1: The first step is to do a basic manicure so your nails and cuticles look good and to apply the lightest nail polish color as a base coat. After it has dried, get a cup of water and soak the sponge you will use for the design. Squeeze the sponge out until it’s damp, so it will keep the polish from soaking up too quickly.Step 2: Quickly apply the darkest nail polish of your choosing at the base of the sponge, in a couple of coats. Use the second darkest color and repeat the procedure above the first nail polish coat. Continue until all your nail polish colors are placed on the sponge in a gradient.
You will have to re-apply the polishes on the sponge for every nail, or every other nail if you move fast enough and the polish doesn’t dry.Step 5: Clean up the excess nail polish on the skin around your nails and your cuticles using a brush or Q-tips dipped in acetone or nail polish remover.Step 6: Finish with a Top Coat, or how many it takes to smooth out the surface of the bumpy nail design. The final coat will also make it appear more blended.