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.

6 comments

  1. Cute! Did you try wetting the sponge first? That helps prevent absorption of the nail polish.
    http://blog.beautybagg.com/2012/07/13/doable-diys-ombre-hombre/

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

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

    Karys x
    whoisgrumblebeard.blogspot.co.uk

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

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