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Nail Art Tutorial: Ombre Nails

Nail Art Tutorial: Ombre Nails

06.25.14

By James

If you’re looking to try nail art, but want to keep it somewhat subtle, it’s time to go ombre. Nail artist Karina Abzamilova shares how to create this eye-catching nail look.

  • You'll need:

    • 2 colors of nail polish. (Karina used Essie Bikini So Teeny and Brooch the Subject)
    • White nail polish (Karina recommends to use all the same brand of nail polishes)
    • Makeup sponge
    • Base coat (if using on natural nails) and top coat
    SLIDE 1 OF 7
  • Step 1:

    Apply base coat on cleaned and prepared nails (if using artificial nails base coat is not necessary.)

    SLIDE 2 OF 7
  • Step 2:

    Apply two thin coats of the white nail polish to help the color pop and wait until it's completely dry before moving on to the next step.

    SLIDE 3 OF 7
  • Step 3:

    Take a makeup sponge and brush on both of the nail polishes side-by-side next to each other (the layers have to be pretty thick so that there is enough product for the whole nail.) 

    SLIDE 4 OF 7
  • Step 4:

    Using the sponge, apply a color on nails (don't press too hard.) 

    SLIDE 5 OF 7
  • Step 5:

    You may need to repeat sponging a couple time until you get the right shade of color (Let the nail polish dry for a minute between applying.) Each time you sponge, sponge a little above and below the initial spot to ensure colors mix smoothly.

    SLIDE 6 OF 7
  • Step 6:

    Apply a top coat and add crystals at the moon of the nail (Karina used Swarovski crystals.)

    Check out nail artist Karina Abzamilova on Instagram: @nails_by_karina

    [Images courtesy of Karina Abzamilova]

    SLIDE 7 OF 7
  • You'll need:

    • 2 colors of nail polish. (Karina used Essie Bikini So Teeny and Brooch the Subject)
    • White nail polish (Karina recommends to use all the same brand of nail polishes)
    • Makeup sponge
    • Base coat (if using on natural nails) and top coat
  • Step 1:

    Apply base coat on cleaned and prepared nails (if using artificial nails base coat is not necessary.)

  • Step 2:

    Apply two thin coats of the white nail polish to help the color pop and wait until it's completely dry before moving on to the next step.

  • Step 3:

    Take a makeup sponge and brush on both of the nail polishes side-by-side next to each other (the layers have to be pretty thick so that there is enough product for the whole nail.) 

  • Step 4:

    Using the sponge, apply a color on nails (don't press too hard.) 

  • Step 5:

    You may need to repeat sponging a couple time until you get the right shade of color (Let the nail polish dry for a minute between applying.) Each time you sponge, sponge a little above and below the initial spot to ensure colors mix smoothly.

  • Step 6:

    Apply a top coat and add crystals at the moon of the nail (Karina used Swarovski crystals.)

    Check out nail artist Karina Abzamilova on Instagram: @nails_by_karina

    [Images courtesy of Karina Abzamilova]

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