Try This Glitter Ombré Nail Art Tutorial

The lazy girl's ideal nail art.
Rikki Ciminsky
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The lazy girl's ideal nail art.
Glitter Ombre mani

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)

Step one

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.

Glitter Ombre mani - step 1

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.

Step two

Make sure that your metallic polish is only on the end of your brush.

Glitter Ombre mani - step 2a

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.

Glitter Ombre mani - step 2b

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.

Step three

Apply the chunky glitter by starting at the cuticle and stopping two-thirds of the way down the nail.

Glitter Ombre mani - step 3

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.

Step four

Apply a top coat to really make the metallic and glitter pop.

Right now, I'm really loving Jin Soon Choi'sJINsoon Top Gloss Quick Dry Top Coat. It does a great job at evening out any bumps or clumps that come from several layers of polish.

Glitter Ombre mani - step 4

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?
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