Happy hump-day guys! (that’s a Wednesday just to clarify… I once said it to my mum and she was like ‘what?!!’)
I’ve got another nails of the day post for you. I thought I’d try something a bit different, so I had a bash at doing ombre nails. They didn’t turn out how I imagined – I was hoping for something a bit neater and more seamless, but I decided to embrace them and pretend I was going for the messy effect!
Purple Ombre Nails
I used my usual Nails Inc Kensington Base Coat, which seems to really extend the life of my nail varnish, compared with using most other base coats. I then painted one layer of the palest purple shade, Lottie London ‘Blogger Babe’, over my entire nails (you can see that colour properly in this post).
Next, I added a slightly darker purple shade, which was Lottie London ‘Go On’ (which you can see properly on my nails here). Instead of applying this straight to my nails, I dabbed a small amount on a little nail sponge and dabbed it on (with the intention of giving it a more blurred, seamless edge into the next colour… which didn’t quite go to plan!) I took the mid-purple shade around half way down each nail.
Finally, I took my darkest shade of purple – Tanya Burr’s Midnight Sparkles (which you can see properly on my nails here – it’s the dark base shade, just with glitter applied over it). I repeated the last step of adding some to a nail sponge and then dabbing it onto the tips of my nails. I decided to have the darkest shade on the tips as the Tanya Burr polish lasts really well whereas the Lottie London are gorgeous shades but chip really easily. This way my tips are a bit less likely to chip within a day!
I waited for the colours to touch-dry and then added a coat of Essence Satin Matt Top Coat – it’s quite opaque in the bottle so I thought it might put a slight veil over the whole nail and make the joins between each shade a bit more seamless looking. Good idea in theory but it didn’t come out opaque on the nails at all, it just left a matte finish. I took this photo below with the matte finish but decided I’d prefer them glossy so I added a final slick of Revlon Diamond Top Coat.
With Matte Top Coat
If I did ombre nails again I would probably try to get hold of a smaller, more precise sponge as I was using quite a big, octagonal one, which made it a bit difficult!
What do you think of the ombre nail effect? Is it something you’ve tried, or would try? Let me know in the comments!