Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ombre Tutorial.

I am so excited to share this tutorial with all of you!  I promised that I would make a tutorial on how to do an ombre manicure - so here it is!  This is what the completed manicure will look like after you follow the steps that I will outline.

First you will need to gather your supplies.  The colors I used for this ombre look are Sinful Colors Sugar Rush and Candy Coated.  You will also need your "finishing touches."  I like to add China Glaze Fairy Dust to my ombre manicures, but that is totally up to you.  You will also need some acetone/nail polish remover for cleaning up at the end and your favorite top coat.

Step 1:  Paint your nails with your base color (don't forget your base coat!) and allow to dry completely.  For this design, my base color is Sinful Colors Sugar Rush.  You can speed up the drying process by using a fast-dry top coat.

Step 2:  Using a clean makeup sponge, place generous amounts of the two colors and be sure to overlap them slightly.  This will help with the blending process.  You will have to do this several times throughout the manicure.  Don't let the sponge dry out- it will remove the polish from your nail.

Step 3:  Lightly dab the makeup sponge on your nail a few times.  Gently move the sponge up and down to blend the colors on the nail.  This will create the transition between the two colors and prevent a distinct line between the two.   The color probably will not appear very much on the nail yet.  That's OK!  Wait a minute or two to allow the layer to dry (or move on to the rest of your nails and by the time you are done with those, the first nail will be dry).

Step 4:  Be sure to add more polish to your sponge.  You want the sponge saturated; otherwise, if the sponge is dry it will remove the polish from your nails.  Repeat Step 3 again until the desired color is achieved.  I usually do this three to four times, depending on the colors used.  Just keep going until you have the look you are going for.  Remember to dab a few times and then gently move the sponge up and down to blend the colors together.

Step 5 (optional):  Add a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust for a touch of sparkle.  This is optional, but I love the way Fairy Dust completes the look of an ombre.  

Step 6:  Clean up!  You don't want to leave polish all over your skin and cuticles, so grab a small brush or q-tip and dip it in acetone/nail polish remover and clean up the mess that the sponge left behind.  Finish with topcoat.  I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Viola!  You have yourself an ombre mani!  I would love to hear any feedback you might have.  Let me know how this tutorial works for all of you!


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