On a whim I decided to try an ombré nail … a semi-sheer silver to a deep gunmetal. Surprisingly after just a few tries, it pretty much worked! I have to say … it’s prettier from afar … very subtle and kind of elegant. Here’s my little ombré nail tutorial.
1. I skipped base coat because I didn’t want an additional layer of polish that might gunk up. I started with a coat of Deborah Lippman Believe, which is a semi-sheer silver. (All polishes are from this Deborah Lippmann for Juicy Couture boxed set for $48). I was careful to truly only apply one coat here … and I followed with Envi Nail Enamel Dryer Spray to set it (can’t find this online, here’s a similar).
2. I applied Jewel in the Crown, a deep gunmetal, creating an arced shape ending at the tip. No idea why but this arc makes the fade more subtle and believable. I used the side of the brush a lot - get comfortable making tiny thin lines to fill in the edges. Didn’t apply dryer spray to keep this slightly blendable.
3. Followed with Believe, using an almost-clean brush to apply the sheerest coat right around the blend line between the two colors. Again, I painted thin lines with the side of the brush to create the illusion of a seamless blend. Some lines should be longer than others … It’s about abstraction : ) It kind of reminded me of an ikat print actually. Lastly, I threw on a top coat. I use Orly Won’t Chip.
If you have any tips for a flawless ombré, share in the comments!
P.S. something’s up with my disqus comments … they’re working but the count shows as zero. Hopefully fixed soon.
Nail set c/o Juicy Couture.
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