If you've already cleaned your nails and want to create ombre nails, start by applying a clear base coat to prevent your nails from getting stained.
It is easily applied and removed, and does not leave a sticky residue. Tear small pieces and smooth them over your nails to create the lines and patterns of your choice.
Paint the area marked off with washi tape. It is okay if the nail polish goes over the edges of the tape. Make sure your polish dries thoroughly before you remove the tape. This should create clean lines for any two-tone nail design that relies on straight edges. You can view this step-by-step geometric nail tutorial for a good reference to using the washi tape to create the nail patterns you prefer.
You could also try this same geometric look in reverse with white nails and nude cut-out effect tips. If you are in a bind for time, and want a quick solution for modern nails, just add a stripe down the center of your nails, no washi tape needed.
This can work with any color combination you prefer. Whether it is jewel tones, complimentary colors, pastels, or maybe just black and white, this whimsical two-tone nail option is a great way to change up your look. Simply choose your two colors, paint the entire nail set in the base color, and let it dry.
Add the second color with a thick stripe down the center. You can paint the stripe freehand down the center or use washi tape for precise lines. You could also do a triple thin strip or a double wide stripe idea. This passes as either a casual or dressed-up look.
Similar to the geometric nail tutorial, you can use nude and white for a variation from the standard manicure. Using a good nude base on your nails, use a toothpick or skinny paintbrush to dab the white color polish at the bases of your nail beds to create mini moons! Use a cotton ball lightly soaked in nail polish remover to remove any nail polish currently on your nails. Gently trim your nails with nail clippers until your nails are at your desired length.
You can also push back your cuticles using a rounded manicure stick. Alternatively, you can push back your cuticles using your thumbnail on your opposite hand. Apply a clear base coat. Paint on a thin, clear, base coat to all of your nails.
A clear base coat protects your nails from getting stained by colored polishes and helps extend your manicure by decreasing the prevalence of chips in your nail polish. Apply your base color coat. With ombré nails, your base color is usually a white polish or the lightest color you plan to use for the ombré effect. A white polish will help colors seem more vibrant, but using the lightest of your planned ombré polishes will give a softer, more subtle ombré effect.
For an opaque base, paint two coats of your base color. Allow the first coat to dry completely before adding the second coat. Paint your ombré colors onto a makeup sponge. Paint your ombré colors in straight, horizontal lines side-by-side across a small makeup sponge. Start by painting a line across the width of the sponge with the lightest color of nail polish.
Then paint with the next darkest color underneath the first color. Finally, paint the darkest color of polish underneath the second line of polish. Be sure that all the colors are painted right next to each other with no exposed sponge between the colors. Normally, two or three colors are used to create the ombré effect, but you can experiment with different colors and combinations to see what you like best.
It may help to dip the makeup sponge in water first before painting on the colors. Dip the makeup sponge into water.
Dipping the sponge in water will prevent the sponge from absorbing too much polish and having the polish dry up too quickly on the sponge. Stamp the polish onto your nails. Stamp the polish onto your nail by pressing the sponge with the polish side down on top of you nail repeatedly, lifting the sponge away every couple of stamps to check and see if the ombré is dark enough and to your liking.
Roll the polish onto your nails. Roll the polish onto your nails by placing the side edge of the sponge next to the side of your nail. Slowly roll the sponge with the polish side down over your nail to the other side of your nail.
This process will transfer some nail polish onto your skin surrounding your nails. To prevent this you can edge the skin around your nails with a thin layer of petroleum jelly or place tape on the skin surrounding your nails.
There is a lot of freedom with how you transfer the paint to your nail. You can adjust the placement of the sponge stamping vertically on the length of your nail, tilting the sponge to specifically stamp on a certain color to make your ombré effect unique and original. When you have finished the ombré effect on one nail, reload the polish onto the sponge, so the ombré colors remain wet and vibrant. Paint the nail polish colors in the same fashion as before, lining the sponge with the lightest color and moving down to the darkest.
Make sure all the polish colors are side-by-side touching each other. Once you have given all of your nails adequate time to dry about minutes , add a top coat of clear polish to your nails.
You might want to consider doing two coats of a top coat to smooth out your nails, since the sponging makes the surface of your nail a little stippled and bumpy. Clean up the skin around your nails. Use a small paintbrush or Q-Tip dipped in nail polish remover to swipe along the edges and cuticles of your nails.
Whenever you paint your nails, you want to have a nice, clean canvas. Remove any remaining nail polish currently on your nails with a cotton ball lightly soaked in nail polish remover. Cut your nails down to your desired length using nail clippers.
Consider pushing back your cuticles with a manicure stick to expose a bit more of your nail bed. Paint on a clear base coat to protect your nails from being stained by the color in colored nail polishes. Allow your clear base coat to dry about minutes before applying any more nail polish.
Paint all of your nails with your base color. To get a solid base, consider painting on two lighter coats of polish as opposed to one, thick and heavy coat. Two light coats of polish will increase the opacity of the color without making the layers of polish gooey. Add your first coat of glitter. Unscrew the brush from the bottle, and wipe the sides of the brush on the inside neck of the bottle to remove most of the glitter polish.
You want tiny glitter on the brush for your first coat of glitter. The bottom portion of your nail can have a bit more glitter since it will be layered with glitter anyhow. Paint your second coat of glitter. Wipe off the brush a little less this time, so there is a little more glitter on the brush.
Paint the lower half of your nail, focusing on applying more glitter toward the end tip of your nail. Obviously, you can make the bottom half of your nail as glittery as you would like.
Just be sure the ombré glitter gradient transitions from thin to thick, smoothly. A wet nail heavy with polish will take a long time to dry. Experiment to see what you think looks best and works well regarding drying time.
Add a clear topcoat. Paint on a clear topcoat to seal your nails and smooth out your nail surface. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 9. You can, but the result won't be as nice. Because of the texture of the sponge the two nail polish colors nicely fade into each other, which is difficult to create using a tissue.
The tissue might also stick to your nail. Not Helpful 3 Helpful The sponge they're using here is a makeup sponge or cosmetic wedge and you should be able to find it wherever makeup supplies are sold.
You can use any sponge though, but ones with air bubbles leave a less smooth result. Not Helpful 10 Helpful You simply add a third color to the sponge and make your stripes of nail polish thinner.
Not Helpful 6 Helpful You can use a eye shadow sponge brush, or you can paint on the ombre.
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