If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I enjoy painting my nails and I have what I suppose you could call a fairly big nail polish collection so nail related posts feature quite a lot on my blog. I have several NOTD posts and the last couple of Christmases I have had a Christmas nail art series on my blog and I also had a Halloween nail art series last year too, I really enjoy painting my nails and trying new looks and ideas and recently I decided to try Ombre nails, I chose pink toned polishes for my ombre nails and today I'm going to tell you how I did it using a step by step "how to" post.
What You'll Need
1. Sponges - I use make up sponges from Primark they come in a pack of 20 and are £1.00
2. Nail Polishes - I chose pinks for my ombre and used a white base, the polishes I used are Essie Status Symbol, Rimmel Rita Ora In Sweet Retreat, Rimmel 60 Second Polish In Ring A Ring A Roses and Barry M Gelly Hi Shine In Cotton.
3. A Base & Top Coat of your choice - I used the Sally Hansen Insta Dri although I wouldn't recommend this and have since written a full review which you can read here.
4. Nail Polish Remover - My HG is the acetone free nail polish remover from Superdrug.
5. Cotton Buds Or Q Tips - I use the Primark ones.
Using the white polish apply 2 coats of polish allowing each coat to dry fully in between and then allow both coats of the polish to dry fully.
Take one of the make up sponges and using the pink polishes paint a stripe of each on the sponge starting with the darkest pink and fading to the palest pink.
Using the sponge roll it or dab it on top of your painted white nails, you will probably have to apply a new coat of each "stripe" for each nail. Once you have done this you will be left with polish around your nails don't worry this does come off easily. Allow each nail to dry fully and apply another 1 or 2 coats or until you have the desired look.
Once you have the look you want on your nails, use the nail polish remover and a cotton bud to clean up around your nails to remove any polish you have around them.
Once you have the cleaned around your nails, apply a top coat and allow to dry fully.
Step 6 - All Done!
And here is my finished first attempt at pink ombre nails, I don't think they came out too badly but I wasn't as happy with them as I'd like to have been, but I suppose practice makes perfect, I have tried ombre nails since and I didn't get nearly as much polish on my fingers and the end result was better so I'm hoping the next time I try the ombre effect they'll look ok and if they do I'll be sure to write a NOTD post on them.
I do have some more ideas of different nail looks to try using the sponges so once I've tried them I'll be sure to let you know. How did you think I did for my first attempt? Have you tried ombre nails?
If you do try ombre nails using my step by step "how to" post, I'd love to see them so please send me a photograph via Twitter or Instagram.
Thank you for reading, much love as always,