Sunday, 24 June 2012

Ombre Sparkle Nails

As my nails were in desperate need to be painted, I took the opportunity to experiment with a different technique, in comparison to my usual bog-standard one colour coat.

As the ombre "dip-dye" effect is very popular at the moment, I thought I would try creating this look on my nails!

For this particular nail look I combined three colours which were different shades within a colour group. I chose to keep the brighter shade at the bottom of the nail and decided to gradually get darker towards the top! 
In order to add more drama, I added a glitter top to the very ends of the nails.
 Products used:- Base coat; Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat, Lightest shade; Cheeky Chops 240 by N07, Middle shade; OMP! by Nails Inc, Darkest shade; (random nail polish,) Glitter colour; Excuse Moi! OPI Muppets Collection.
You will also need a small sponge, or an old make up applicator that you have lying around (what I used.)
  • Step 1 - Apply base coat to protect nails from staining.
  • Step 2 - Apply an even opaque coat of the lightest polish.
  • Step 3 - Once nails are completely dry, use your mini sponge to lightly dab on the middle colour to the top half of your nails.
  • Step 4 - Once nails are completely dry again, dab on the darkest shade to the very tops of your nails, making sure there's a gradual ombre effect.
  • Step 5 (optional) - If you want to add extra drama to your nails apply a glitter polish in the same way previously to the very tips of your nails.
  • Step 6 - Tidy up where necessary by applying more polish to improve the effect.
  • Final step - Apply a top coat in order to seal in your design to prevent it from chipping and to create a shiny finish. 
    Hope you enjoyed! Here's a few snaps of when I went out the other night to celebrate my friends birthday! Make up wise I chose to create a teal smokey look.
    (Fab night out, excuse the weirdo in the pic haha!)


  1. I wanna try that with my nails!! SO CUTE!

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    1. Ooh you should definitely try it out, it's super easy! I'll have a look at your blog, thanks for the comment!