A few days back I was looking at my nail polish stash and thought to myself, ‘I haven’t done ombre nails for a while’. So, I chose red and black nail polishes from The Body Shop Color Crush range. In this post I am going to tell you how to achieve ombre nails at home.
What you need:
- Base coat
- White nail polish
- 2-3 colours of your own choosing
- Top coat
- Makeup sponge (the cheapest ones are perfect)
- Some cover under your work place because it will get bit messy
First you take the sponge and cut it in half, about the same size as your nails. The more precise the sponge is, the less messy the process is.
Apply the base coat and let it dry. When the base coat is dry, apply one or two coats of the white nail polish. I used essence nail polish and applied two layers.
When the white nail polish is dry, wet the sponge in water. The sponge will get a tad bigger and now it won’t absorb too much nailpolish in.
Take your colour nailpolishes and think for a moment how you want your nails to come out. The colour you’re going paint on the edge of the sponge will be on the base of your nail.
Make two or three stripes or dots (or however you want it to come out) on the sponge. Make sure the colour layer is moist enough because otherwise it won’t transfer on the nail well.
I used The Body Shop nail polishes from the Color Crush range.
The classic red tone is in the shade ´Relish The Moment´.
The black nail polish is in the shade ´740 Smoky Rose´.
Both polishes are my staple products in my nail polish collection.
Dab the sponge on your nail. One way is to just press the sponge on the nail, other way is to kind of roll it from the side to side. Yes, you will have to clean your fingers later, (unless you have liquid peel off cuticle guard), but that kind of comes with the territory.
Before moving on to another nail, refresh the nail polish stripes/dots on the sponge.
If the nail polish layer on the sponge isn’t moist enough, there is a chance of sponge particles transferring onto your nail. I learned that the hard way, but I hope you can avoid my mistakes.
I usually do three rounds with the dabbing.
When I am satisfied with the look, I apply the top coat.
After the top coat is dry, I put the nail the polish remover on a q-tip and clean the nail polish from the cuticle and skin.
This technique is bit messy and more time consuming than traditional nails, but at the same time the awesome result is worth it.
Have you tried ombre nails? What are your favourite colour combinations? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Thank you for reading,