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Nail Art Tutorial: Striped Ombre Leaf Nails

Nail Art Tutorial: Striped Ombre Leaf Nails

07.23.13

By niwp_admin

Claire, nail art enthusiast and blogger behind Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing, went pastel with this leaf-like mani. If the pretty ombre gradient isn’t enough for you, she even topped it all off with a bit o’ bling. Let her show you the step-by-step.

Products Used

For this manicure, you will need:
•White polish
•Striping tape
•Scissors
•Polishes for your gradient (I have used China Glaze Too Yacht To HandleTowel Boy Toy and That’s Shore Bright)
•Make up sponge dampened and squeezed out
•Scrap Paper
•Cotton buds
•Nail polish remover
•Top coat
•Rhinestones
•Orange stick

  • STEP 1

    Start off by painting your nails a white base coat, and make sure this is completely dry before you move on to the next stage.

    SLIDE 1 OF 9
  • STEP 2

    Cut yourself a large amount of strips of striping tape in advance, and then start placing it on your nails. For this design I've started with a long strip down the middle of my nails.

    SLIDE 2 OF 9
  • STEP 3

    Next, I've placed more striping tape across my nails in a chevron pattern. The only important thing to remember when you place the striping tape on your nails is the order that you've placed it on, as you want to rip it off (eventually) in a reverse order, so you don't pull your design apart.

    SLIDE 3 OF 9
  • STEP 4

    Next, get your dampened make up sponge. Paint your polish on in stripes across the make up sponge, and then stamp it on to a piece of scrap paper. Bear in mind the length of your nails and the amount of colors you are using, to make sure you've got the right amount of polish onto your sponge.

    SLIDE 4 OF 9
  • STEP 5

    Next, stamp the sponge onto your nails. Don't do this too hard, if you do, the colors won't apply well, and you run the risk of getting tiny bits of the sponge stuck to your nails. I'd recommend sponging it on 2-3 times, quite quickly and fairly lightly.

    SLIDE 5 OF 9
  • STEP 6

    Also, move the sponge up a tiny bit for the second go, and slightly down a bit for the third go. This will help the blending of the colors. Keep going until you have a sufficient amount of coverage on your nails and the colors have blended nicely.

    SLIDE 6 OF 9
  • STEP 7

    Let your nails dry and then carefully (and quickly!) rip off your striping tape. Make sure you do this in the right order so you don't pull your design apart.

    Before any tidying up, apply top coat to seal in your design, so if you do nudge it slightly during clean up, you won't be taking the gradient off, only a little bit of top coat.

    SLIDE 7 OF 9
  • STEP 8

    Tip a little bit of polish into the lid of the nail varnish remover and dip the cotton bud in. Use the cotton bud to carefully wipe off any excess polish on your fingers. Be careful not to wipe any of the polish off your nails. If you have a thin paintbrush, you could use that instead to be a bit more precise.

    SLIDE 8 OF 9
  • STEP 9

    Now, this looks pretty cool as it is, but I thought I'd bling it up just that little bit more with some rhinestones. I applied another layer of top coat and then used an orange stick to position the rhinestones into place.

    So there you go! What do you think?

    Check out more of Claire's awesome nail art on her blog: Nuthin' But a Nail Thing.

    See Claire's own posting of this tutorial here.

    [Courtesy of Claire Metcalfe, Nuthin' But a Nail Thing]

    SLIDE 9 OF 9
  • STEP 1

    Start off by painting your nails a white base coat, and make sure this is completely dry before you move on to the next stage.

  • STEP 2

    Cut yourself a large amount of strips of striping tape in advance, and then start placing it on your nails. For this design I've started with a long strip down the middle of my nails.

  • STEP 3

    Next, I've placed more striping tape across my nails in a chevron pattern. The only important thing to remember when you place the striping tape on your nails is the order that you've placed it on, as you want to rip it off (eventually) in a reverse order, so you don't pull your design apart.

  • STEP 4

    Next, get your dampened make up sponge. Paint your polish on in stripes across the make up sponge, and then stamp it on to a piece of scrap paper. Bear in mind the length of your nails and the amount of colors you are using, to make sure you've got the right amount of polish onto your sponge.

  • STEP 5

    Next, stamp the sponge onto your nails. Don't do this too hard, if you do, the colors won't apply well, and you run the risk of getting tiny bits of the sponge stuck to your nails. I'd recommend sponging it on 2-3 times, quite quickly and fairly lightly.

  • STEP 6

    Also, move the sponge up a tiny bit for the second go, and slightly down a bit for the third go. This will help the blending of the colors. Keep going until you have a sufficient amount of coverage on your nails and the colors have blended nicely.

  • STEP 7

    Let your nails dry and then carefully (and quickly!) rip off your striping tape. Make sure you do this in the right order so you don't pull your design apart.

    Before any tidying up, apply top coat to seal in your design, so if you do nudge it slightly during clean up, you won't be taking the gradient off, only a little bit of top coat.

  • STEP 8

    Tip a little bit of polish into the lid of the nail varnish remover and dip the cotton bud in. Use the cotton bud to carefully wipe off any excess polish on your fingers. Be careful not to wipe any of the polish off your nails. If you have a thin paintbrush, you could use that instead to be a bit more precise.

  • STEP 9

    Now, this looks pretty cool as it is, but I thought I'd bling it up just that little bit more with some rhinestones. I applied another layer of top coat and then used an orange stick to position the rhinestones into place.

    So there you go! What do you think?

    Check out more of Claire's awesome nail art on her blog: Nuthin' But a Nail Thing.

    See Claire's own posting of this tutorial here.

    [Courtesy of Claire Metcalfe, Nuthin' But a Nail Thing]

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