How to Do Ombre Nail Art at Home

Updated on March 11, 2016
Pink to purple ombre with a checkered pattern
Pink to purple ombre with a checkered pattern | Source

Do you love art? Do you like to play with colorful nail polish? Use your nails as your canvas with this ombre tutorial.

Basic Two-Tone Ombre

Yellow Green Ombre Nail art
Yellow Green Ombre Nail art | Source

Materials

  • Two different colors of nail polish
  • A clear top coat
  • A piece of sponge
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton swabs

Step by step Yellow Green Ombre Nail art
Step by step Yellow Green Ombre Nail art | Source

Steps

  1. Gather all of your materials. You can use any nail polish colors; just remember you want one light and one dark color. As you can see in the images above, here I used yellow and green.
  2. First of all, clean off any old polish with nail polish remover and cotton swabs.
  3. Next, apply your lighter color as the base coat for every nail (in my case, yellow). You can apply a double coat if required. Let it dry completely.
  4. Now, here is where the ombre comes in. Transfer some of your darker nail polish onto a plastic sheet or any other smooth, disposable surface. Then dab your sponge in the nail polish and press it onto the ends of your nails. Repeat it on every nail.
  5. Let it dry and cover your nail art with clear top coat.

Tip

If you're in a hurry, dry your nail polish quickly by placing your fingers in ice-cold water for 30 to 60 seconds. Wondrously, the polish will come out completely dry.

Do you like ombre nail art?

See results

Glitter Ombre

Glitter ombre nails. The base colors can be seen on the left; the final nails are on the right.
Glitter ombre nails. The base colors can be seen on the left; the final nails are on the right. | Source

Who doesn't love glitter? Instead of applying a uniform distribution of sparkles, mix things up by applying it in a gradient. For this, you can use either glitter nail polish or clear nail polish and loose glitter. You can apply both products easily with a sponge.

For the purple nails in the picture above, I used a very similar technique to that of the two-tone ombre. The base coat is a solid purple, and I created a reverse-ombre look by using the sponge to apply glitter at the base of the nail instead of the tip.

For the blue nails, I did something a little different. You'll notice that the base coat for all of the fingers except for the ring finger is a French manicure. I then used glitter to transition between the clear part of the French manicure and the blue part. To do so, I used the sponge to apply clear polish where the two colors met and then sprinkled on aqua glitter. For the ring finger, I applied pink hexagon flakes with a small dotting tool because the individual pieces are so small that they're difficult to handle with tweezers. Finally, I applied a top coat so that the glitter is sealed and secure.

Half Moon Ombre

Half moon ombre nail art
Half moon ombre nail art | Source

A simple variation of the two-tone ombre, this nail art will rack in the compliments. The only addition is a circular nail guide. I have created this guide with paper tape, but you can easily find these guides in the market. If you have a French manicure tip, that will work perfectly. Here are some simple steps to follow for the nail art:

  1. Apply a base coat (here, I used yellow) and let it dry.
  2. Apply the circular guide onto your nails as shown in the photo.
  3. Sponge on the ombre hue (in this case, orange). Repeat this step to make a perfect finish.
  4. Remove the guide from your nails and apply top coat.
  5. Optional: You can embellish your nails with additional accessories, like the orange star I incorporated.

Multi-Tone Ombre

Get creative and embrace multiple colors. Try applying four or five different colors with the sponge technique. For this nail art, we need a white matte nail polish as the base. Apply two coats and let it dry.

Now, take four nail polish colors, such as pink, blue, purple, and green. Apply each with a sponge, and experiment with vertical, horizontal, and diagonal impressions.

Tip

Do not forget to seal your nail art with a top coat. It gives shine to your nails and makes the polish longer lasting.

Galaxy Nail Art

Galaxy nails painted with a sponge
Galaxy nails painted with a sponge | Source

These galaxy nails use the same sponge technique. I used multiple colors—royal blue, white, yellow, green, pink, red, and black—as well as a bit of glitter. Here are the steps:

  1. Apply one coat of royal blue nail polish. Here, we need only one coat as a base because we are going to apply several additional coats of polish with the sponge.
  2. Now, use the sponge to apply white and pink diagonally across the nail.
  3. Next, apply yellow, green, red, and black, one by one.
  4. Add some glitter to the wet polish.
  5. Now we need to give a center to our galaxy. Use a dotting tool to add a white dot in the middle of each nail.
  6. Finally, apply a quick-dry top coat and our galaxy nails are ready.
  7. Optional: You can also make some stars with a striping brush.

Checkered Ombre

Checkered ombre nail art
Checkered ombre nail art | Source

Ombre, which comes from the French word for "shaded," refers to anything with a gradient, whether it's the smooth gradient achieved with a sponge or the more choppy gradient achieved by simply painting different tones of a color with brush. This is what I did in this manicure. For this, we need following products:

  • White nail polish for the base and to mix with other colors to create your various tones
  • Various other colors of nail polish, such as pink, blue, green, or purple
  • 1 mm-thick striping tape
  • Stripes brush
  • Tweezers
  • Quick-dry top coat

First of all, apply a coat of white nail polish and let it dry completely—you can also use a nail-polish dryer to speed the processes. Next, lay the striping tape onto the nails in a grid pattern.

Now you're set up to start adding color. Take a smooth disposable surface, such as foil paper or a plastic sheet, and transfer four blobs of nail polish onto it. Next, take white nail polish and mix it with the polish on the sheet to make four progressively lighter tones. Fill the squares of the grid on your nails with these tones to create a gradient effect. If you're planning to use more than one color, as I did in the picture above, repeat the previous step as needed.

After filling all squares, carefully remove the striping tape and apply a top coat.

Conclusion

There are so many variations of the nail art you can create with the help of a sponge. Have any other ideas for ombre designs? Please share them with me below. I would love to hear.

Which is your favorite ombre?

See results

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Jasmeetk profile image
        Author

        Jasmeet Kaur 2 years ago from India

        surely Blond Logic... u should try it once.

      • Blond Logic profile image

        Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

        I have never seen this technique before. I love nail art and some years ago, I had my nails done every two weeks. I was never brave enough to do it at home, though.

        I wish I had read about this soon, it looks easy and the results are great.

      • younghopes profile image

        Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

        wow loved these beautiful nails and the tips you have given, pinned ur post.

      • idigwebsites profile image

        idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

        Thanks for the additional information! I'm so excited to try the other designs :)

      • idigwebsites profile image

        idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

        I sooo love nail art! Haven't tried with a bow though, so thanks for another wonderful tip!

      • profile image

        cbar77 5 years ago

        Hi Jasmeetk! I really like the pastel ombre nail art, especially the one with the bows. It looks so perfect!

      • passionate77 profile image

        passionate77 5 years ago

        very nice and soo cute, jasmeetk, i enjoyed all the tips and pics step by step. really very nice and cool color schemes specially in summer in asia these days. great work, thanks for sharing dear!

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, bellatory.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://bellatory.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)