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How to create an ombre nail design

Kara Endres is a graphic designer, illustrator and fashion blogger based in south Florida. She showcases her DIY skills on her blog, Sprinkles in Springs, as well as shopping guides, trends, fashion inspiration, illustrations, and nail a...

How to get... Easy ombre nails

Gone are the days of trying to quickly blend wet colors on your nails for an ombre design, furiously working away with a toothpick or paintbrush to get a gradated effect. Here is a simple and foolproof way to get a great ombre effect on your nails that will save time and headaches. You can use any color combination you like to suit your mood or time of year. This can be done with up to four colors for the best result.

ombre nails

Step 1: Set out your supplies

The supplies used for this ombre nail tutorial include:

  • Sinful Colors Pull Over
  • Sephora by OPI Hi Def
  • Zoya Kara
  • Scotch tape
  • Makeup sponges

ombre nail supplies

Step 2: Prepare your sponge

Using the small end of the makeup sponge, paint three colors side by side. I went with pink, then orange and then yellow to mimic the colors in a sunset. Tape off your nail to get ready for stamping this sponge onto your finger. (This makes for an easier cleanup.)

Ombre nail sponge prep

Step 3: Stamp your nails

Stamp the sponge onto your nail and press it over and over, slightly moving it up and down your nail to blend the colors. You can wait for it to dry and do a second coat of this if you need it darker.

Start stamping

Step 4: Continue stamping all of your nails

Stamp all your nails. You don't have to wait for the polish to dry before taking off the tape, since it's not crucial to the design.

Continue stamping ombre nails

Step 5: Remove tape and add a top coat

When the colors are dry, remove tape and finish with a top coat.

finished ombre nails

More nail tutorials

How to create a glitter gradient nail effect
How to create a candy cane nail design
How to do a chevron pattern with nail polish

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