Despite what Michelle thinks about the hair side of things, the Ombré beauty trend is here to stay. Well, at least until something better, cooler and fresher kicks it out of first place. But for now, we're seeing Ombré not just in hair but also lipstick application (check out the two-toned lip) and yes, nails!
So it was only a matter of time before I caved and did an Ombré nail art how-to. What follows is just one of the many ways to interpret the trend—but since I'm permanently on a glitter kick, it's my personal favourite.
What you need
- Base and top coats
- A base colour (I used Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Inky Blue)
- Metallic nail polish (I used Quo by Orly Nail Polish in Fairy Tale)
- Chunky glitter nail polish (I used Avon Glitter Nail Enamel in Sparkling Gold)
Apply a base coat as per usual (I use SpaRitual's Laquer Lock ColorStay Basecoat). Then, paint your nails in the base colour of your choosing.
This is Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Inky Blue. If you want a more subtle Ombré, use a base colour that is similar to the metallic and glitter shades you picked out. For example: pink with gold, purple with blue, white with silver... you get the idea.
Make sure that your metallic polish is only on the end of your brush.
This is because when you are applying the metallic colour to your nails, you almost want to run out of polish near the end of each swipe.
Now apply the metallic shade by starting at the cuticle and stopping halfway down the nail.
Yes, I know this doesn't look pretty. It doesn't have to... yet. The reality of a nail art tutorial is that not every step is so "camera-ready." So don't be discouraged, just go on to the next step.
Apply the chunky glitter by starting at the cuticle and stopping two-thirds of the way down the nail.
In other words, the tips of your nails should only have the original base colour on them, as you can see in the image above.
Apply a top coat to really make the metallic and glitter pop.
And... you're done! This is like the lazy woman's perfect manicure. There are SO many polishes out there that require three coats to make the colour opaque. With this nail art, you only have to do one full coat of polish.
I hope you nail it!
Rikki Ciminsky is a student at Ryerson University in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @rikki_see.
Have you tried Ombré on your nails yet?
Where else in your beauty regimen have you incorporated the Ombré trend?
What kind of nail art do you want to see next?