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Tutorial: Grey and Yellow Ombre Nails

 I am a HUGE fan of the whole ombre trend, albeit hair, nails or clothing. Until I recovery from my hair disaster I thought I'd give the popular trend a try on my nails.

Firstly I had a little think about which colours would go together. I saw a few photos of ombre nails on Pinterest and some of them had pink and blue ombre but I wasn't feeling pink that day so I decided to go for grey and yellow instead.
Products used were:
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
- OPI Nail Lacquer in Skull and Gloss Bones
- Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Notting Hill Carnival
- Seche Vite Top Coat
- A make-up sponge

To achieve the ombre look I:
- Painted on a base coat
- Applied two layers of the OPI Nail Lacquer in Skull and Gloss Bones
- I then waited until it was completely dry before cutting a corner off of my make-up sponge which was big enough to fit my nail against
- I then took my yellow nail varnish and scraped off one half of the varnish of the brush onto the neck of the bottle before painting half of the sponge with a thin layer of yellow
- Then I painted the sponge again with a thicker layer 1/3 of the sponge
(- Alternatively, you can also paint some of your base colour onto the sponge too)
- I then pressed my nail against the sponge, being careful I didn't press down too hard as the sponge can come away with the nail and you end up with lumps of sponge - speaking from experience!
- It may look a little bumpy and uneven but when you apply your top coat it evens out and has a glossy finish
- Repeat 10 times and wa-la!

Now, on my left hand I did it very gradually and I painted the yellow onto the sponge very lightly, whereas on my right hand I used a lot more yellow so it has more of a striking ombre effect but it's up to you which one you prefer and which one you choose to apply.

You can obviously have different variations of this, I did a white and pink ombre on my sister's nails and pink and blue is quite popular too.


  1. Cute! Did you try wetting the sponge first? That helps prevent absorption of the nail polish.

    1. I haven't tried that but I will do, thank you x

  2. Great idea, love the colour combination too!
    Hope you mum is ok :)

    Karys x

  3. Love your nails, great idea. Will defiantly have to try this!
    Now following you! x