Step-by-step guide to these gorgeous ombre nails anyone?
You got it!!
Step 1: Prepare your tools!
You will need a sponge big enough to cover your thumbnail tip, as this is the widest nail. I just cut up a new dish sponge (you can buy a pack of 4 for 17p in Sainsbury's) and cut off the scourer part.
Step 2: Paint the base coat onto your nails.
This is two coats to get the colour completely opaque and I have a base coat underneath to prevent staining and to prime the nails.
Step 3: Paint the sponge.
(I actually painted the sponge the wrong way round - not a big deal, just made the sponging part a little more difficult) Paint the base colour at the tip of the sponge and the colour you want to fade it into directly underneath.
Step 4: Sponge the nail tips.
Gently press the sponge onto the tip of your nail and lift it back off. Quickly build up to desired colour and repeat on all nails. Repaint the sponge when necessary.
The sponge may make the polish look bobbly but this is normal.
The next step will fix this :)
Step 5: Apply a single layer of top coat.
This will even out the polish giving it a cleaner gradient look. You can stop here if you like.
Step 6: Apply art decals.
I chose pale art decals as I thought the contrast against the bright colours would show nicely. I only applied to two nails.
(Mind the rubbish nail in the centre... I accidently got a dent in it!)
Step 7: Apply another layer (or five) of top coat.
This will seal the art decal in and make the nail feel smooth :)
And that's it!
Love love and ombrelove!!