One of my favorite nail looks at the moment is Ombré nails. I love doing ombré nails because the color combinations are endless. However, it was once one of the messiest nail looks. The first time I ever did ombré nails I spent over 10 minutes trying to clean up all of the nail polish around my cuticles. So, I tried using scotch tape and Elmer’s glue around my cuticles, but none of these methods quite worked for me. I still had a lot of clean up to do and I noticed the nail polish remover was drying out my cuticles!
In effort to solve this issue, I started using Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil around my cuticles. This method killed two birds with one stone! The cuticle oil made clean up so much easier with less nail polish on my skin. Plus it didn’t dry out my cuticles or fingers. Ever since then creating ombré nail looks has been so much easier.
How do I get the ombré effect? To create my ombré nails I use the make-up sponge technique. Below I created a tutorial with all of the steps I use to create ombré nails.
Choose two nail polish colors to create your ombre. Unscrew the lids of the polish and leave them open.
Apply two coats of LVX – Mynt allow time to completely dry.
Apply three coats of LVX – Femme to half of the makeup sponge and two coats of LVX – Mynt to the other half.
Using a small concealer brush carefully apply cuticle oil all around the sides and cuticles. Apply one single coat of LVX- Femme toward the middle of the makeup sponge to blend the two colors together.
Grab the sponge and place it directly in the middle of the nail, then gently apply pressure while rocking the sponge back and forth in the same spot. Re-apply the nail polish colors to the sponge for every other nail. (Don’t forget to apply one coat of Femme in the middle). Repeat this step 2-3 times for each nail until you’ve reached an ombré effect.
Use a small concealer brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the sides and around the cuticles. Finally, lock in and blend that ombré by applying one coat of Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat.
I LOVE ombré nails! Who else has tried doing ombré nails? Let me know what’s your favorite color combination and what technique has worked for you?