How To Create An Ombre Nail Effect

Ombré (literally “shaded” in French) is the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. – Wikipedia

In nail art, an ombre effect can be achieved in a number of different ways to create different effects or looks. I will just go over the 2 most popular, basically the first creates an ombre with the base colour and the second uses the stamp to do it. It depends on what kind of look you are going for as they are both quite different.

 

Ombre Effect #1

This method uses a make-up sponge or ombre-tool with overlapping strips of polish which are then stamped over the nail to create a shaded effect.

This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:

  • Base coat
  • MoYou cuticle guard
  • Colour 1 (in this case MoYou Midnight Madness)
  • Colour 2 (in this case MoYou Glacier)
  • MoYou Ombre Tool (or a make-up sponge)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail polish remover
  • Small brush

Step 1

Prepare your nails with a base coat.

Step 2

Apply the cuticle guard to stop paint from getting on your finger and to make it easier to clean up at the end. Apply more than usual, especially around the sides of the nail.

Step 3

Paint the nail polish onto the ombre sponge (or any other make-up sponge) and then dab this onto the nails. You can do this straight onto the nails and apply several coats OR you can first do a single base coat colour on the nail before doing one layer of ombre over the top.

In this example, I used Glacier straight onto the nail first, waited for it to dry, then applied one coat of ombre.

Step 4

Remove the cuticle guard with tweezers and tidy up the nail with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover. You can then either apply top coat or continue over the colour with a nail art stamp.

 

 

 

Ombre effect #2

This technique uses less paint, fewer layers and in my opinion, gives a brighter, clearer finish to the nails. It’s basically the opposite of #1, but is only suitable if you are planning to stamp your nails. It’s basically a shaded effect on the stamp. It works on small stamps and full nail coverage stamps.

This is everything you will need to create this look yourself:

  • Base coat
  • MoYou cuticle guard (optional)
  • Colour 1 (in this case MoYou Key Lime)
  • Colour 2 (in this case MoYou Mesa Sunrise)
  • Colour 3 (in this case MoYou XOXO)
  • MoYou Crystal Clear Stamper and Scraper
  • MoYou Henna 01 plate
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Small brush

Step 1

Apply base coat and allow to dry.

Step 2

Apply the base colour and allow to dry then.

Step 3

Create the ombre effect with the stamp by painting 3 colours onto the plate and blending when you scrape over. Pick up the paint by gently rolling over a clean stamper. Once picked up on the stamp, transfer the paint to the nail by pressing down firmly onto the nail.

Step 4

Tidy up the nail with a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover.

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Step 5

Cover the nails with a smudge-free top coat (MoYou top coat).

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