8.09.2012

How To: Ombre Nails 4 Ways (Including Glitter Ombre)

Here's a quick roundup of four different ways to do ombre nails--there's a little something for everyone, as well as a G L I T T E R tutorial!! Let's get started!

1. Subtle Ombre Nails--You need are 5 shades of polish that are similar; just paint each nail a different color. You get the ombre effect but in a very subtle way. Super easy.



2. Two Color Ombre--I originally shared this Ocean Waves Gradient Nails here. Essentially, you alternate between two colors; I used white and aqua.


3.Three Color Ombre--My Ombre Sunset Nails are easy to create. Dip a makeup sponge into 3 colors and then press onto nails.

                                      
4. Glitter Ombre Nails--Sometimes you need some sparkle. Here's how to:

T O O L S:
  • Chunky (big) glitter polish
  • Smaller (fine) glitter polish
  • Base color
    • All of the polishes used should be in the same color family.
  • Clear coat


Revlon's Strength of Pink, Pure Ice's Spitfire, Revlon's Sparkling

M E T H O D:
  • Paint base color and let dry--you might need two coats.
  • About halfway down the nail, paint a thin coat of the fine glitter polish, to the tip of the nail. Let dry.

You can leave it like this--just as pretty!
  • Paint the chunky glitter polish on the upper fourth of the nail, focusing the polish on the tip. I used Sparkling, which is my dupe for Essie's A Cut Above. Dry, paint a clear coat on top, and that's it!

T I P S:
  • No glitter polish? You can use actual glitter or make your own nail polish from eye shadow.
  • Remember, if these looks are too much, just try an accent nail! 
  • Don't like the colors I use? Consider these colors your inspiration--use what you like instead!

Ombre glitter nails with a second coat of glitter polish, for a darker effect.


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46 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! I am definitely going to have to try the ombre nail technique. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. This is great - I love glitter ombre nails and this is such a handy tutorial.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. I love glitter polish, however I'v always avoided it because it hurts and takes all my remover to take it off my nails. Any suggestions? because I would really love to do some glitter ombre on my nails.

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  4. I like style #1. I plan on doing this in the fall. Gray/black/white.:D

    - Marie
    allthingsmarie.com

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  5. what a coincidence! i have a glitter ombre on my nails now with very similar colors. baby pink & a true red on my bling finger. then i have a really pretty rose gold type of glitter polish *strobe light from SH*- if you mixed the 2 glitters you have, it would look exactly like strobe light. i have tried the sponge technique when using cream colors together, but i couldn't get the hang of it. i should follow along with you next time and maybe i can get the hang of it.

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  6. I love glitter ombred nails. I tried once, but it didn't come out too great. Will definitely be sing it this way instead next time!

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  7. Elle you are so talented. I can't wait to try this.

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  8. I really like this glitter look...which is no surprise given my blog title :). I will try it!

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  9. You've got serious patience...and a steady hand!

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  10. This is so fun! I love the three color ombre!

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  11. Love the glitter ombre!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  12. So pretty! I love how they turned out! I think my favorite is the Ocean look though - blue is one of my favorite colors. :)

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  13. Good tutorial! I'd like to attempt this actually. I love the colours that you've chosen.

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  14. Love the ombre trend! Can't wait to try one of these techniques- I'm definitely bored with my current manicure. ;)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  15. beautiful! love the ombre trend, I'm slowly getting the courage to get the ombre hair look a la rachel bilson :)

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  16. I've completely neglected my nails this summer. I need to try one of these fun manicures to spruce them up!

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  17. Great looks! I love the glitter ombre!

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  18. LOVE the glitter ombre, I'm going to try that!

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  20. Super cute...

    I like to do ombre nails with a makeup sponge (you know those little cheapy white ones?) and just kind of dab the layers on. It makes a cool effect.

    xoxo,
    Melissa

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  21. I really like these glitter nails and it looks like something I could do even though I'm terrible at polishing my nails.

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  22. I swear I just did this:))
    xx
    B.
    http://www.beeswonderland.com/

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  23. Love ombre nails! I did some for Halloween and that was fun. Totally took me a while to figure out how to do it and by this time I've already forgotten so I'm glad you shared this :)

    Happy almost Friday, love! xoxo

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  24. Aw Elle, your DIY's are always so awesome and creative!

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  25. Haha! I came back to see how I skipped that sponge method, now I see it on the 3rd one. I skipped right past 3 and 4 and went on to the glitter method. That is probably my fave way to do it, although it can be a little messy.

    xoxo,
    Melissa

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  26. i have to try the glitter ombre nails! i HAVE to! so so so cool! :-)

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  27. loving the glitter ombre nails!

    xo

    christian

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  28. I've always kinda wondered how people do the ombre nails. Thanks for sharing again:)

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  29. Oh my that is impressive. I actually just picked up a glitter nail polish a few weeks ago at Walmart and I love it.

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  30. Elle, I'm adoring the GLITTER ombre nails. They are so fly! HaHaHa Great job girl.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  31. every time i've tried glitter ombre it's been a big fat fail! i need to try again with your tips!

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  32. Awesome, totally need to try! Love the glitter ones!

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  33. How pretty! Love the glitter and the pink. Pretty hands btw (:

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  34. ooo, so many good ombres! i really like the glitter :)

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  35. I love the glitter ombre the best! So fun!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  36. Great tips! Love the glitter nails...

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  37. I really love the ombre look with the glitter :) :)

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  38. I've done the glitter ombre, but I'd really like to master the two color ombre.

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