How To Do Your Own Ombré Nails by Jenn McCulloch - Musely
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How To Do Your Own Ombré Nails

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    1. Soak your hands.

    Let your hands soak for a few minutes in a bowl of warm water and soap.

    Do not use any oil-based products before a manicure. Oil makes it difficult for the polish to stick.

    Soaking your hands in soapy water gently strips the oil from your skin and softens your cuticles.

    2. Trim and shape your nails.

    Polish is less likely to chip or crack when used on shorter nails.

    Use nail clippers to trim your nails until only a small strip of the white remains.

    Use a nail file to remove any jagged edges and to shape your nails into an evenly rounded tip.

  • Choose three different nail polish colors.

    Paint your nails with your base color. Your base color should be the lighter of your two polishes. Apply a coat of white, or the lightest color of your three. White works best with neon colors to make them really pop.

  • Now to make the ombré.

    Pour a small amount of both colors next to each other.[3] On a paper plate, sheet of wax paper, or sheet of plastic, apply a decent amount of both colors immediately next to each other.

    The two patches should touch at the edge.

    The approximate size of both patches put together should not be much larger than the length of your nail.

  • Blend the two colors together at the edge. Use a toothpick to swirl the two colors together at their shared edge.
    Blend the colors together evenly to form a solid patch of a new shade.

    You should still have a large portion of the two original colors.

    The gradient effect will be determined by how wide the area of graduation is between the two puddles of polish. For a sharper contrast, only blend a small amount of the two colors together. For a stronger gradient, blend a larger amount of the edge color.

  • Dab this polish onto your nail. Dip a small makeup sponge in the graduated polish. Dab the sponge directly over your nail.

    Make sure that you have plenty of graduated polish on the sponge. Dip it down into the color directly to preserve the graduated effect created by blending the polishes together.

    Dab the graduated color onto your nail. Move it in very small lengthwise strokes a few times to fix the polish onto the nail and blend it in.

    You can repeat this step as necessary until you achieve the desired effect. Make sure that each application dries before you apply more polish, though.

  • Alternatively, you can apply the gradient directly to the nail. Instead of creating a graduated color to dab onto the nail, you can paint the contrasting color directly over your base color.

    Dip the tip of a small makeup sponge into your contrasting color.

    Smooth this color over the tip of your nail, working it all the way down to the halfway point of each nail.

    Apply the contrasting color in several layers. Each time, stop short of the point at which the previous layer ended. This will create a gradient effect along the nail, with the darkest spot being the very tip.

  • Apply a clear coat of nail polish AFTER the nail polish has dried.

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