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How to create an ombre nail design like ‘beauty blogger’ is your middle name

You might be ombre-shy if you’ve ever tried a Facebook or Pinterest nail tutorial that has gone terribly, terribly wrong. But before you cross “professional nail artist” off your list of possible occupations, give our easy-peasy ombre nail tutorial one last chance. Instead of the complicated wet-blending technique that normally requires a toothpick or paintbrush to achieve the gradated effect, we promise that this is the kind of ombre nail design you can master while binge-watching OITNB on Netflix.

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You can use any color combo to suit your mood or the season, painting up to four hues for the max ombre look:

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 5/6/2016

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