“Ombré nails is an easy and fun nail art for spring/ summer. Besides showing how I did my ombré nails, I’m also going to share some tips and tricks on how to blend the polishes, what kind of brush is good for cleaning the excess nail polish around the cuticles after sponging and a comparison as to which foundation sponge works better.”
As always, to protect and prolong your nails and nail art, apply your preferred base coat. Pick 2 or more nail polishes, apply the lightest shade as your base colour. I used China Glaze Peachy Keen as my base colour, what is spring or summer without peach?
(tip #1) I prefer cleaning the cuticle area with a pointed brush dipped in acetone before sponging as I find it easier to clean up the mess from sponging later. The stiffer and denser the brush is, the faster and easier it is to clean up the cuticle area.
Wait till the base colour is completely, if not, almost dry before you start sponging.
(tip #2) The tackiness of wet nail polish is likely to cause bits of foundation sponge to stick to the nails.
(tip #3) If you are wondering if it’s ok to use sponges that were bought a couple of years back because it’s new and unused, the answer is no. Chances are they will disintegrate while you are sponging and you will have to either try to pick the bits off your nails or take off everything and start over again. So save yourself the frustration and use the latest-purchased sponge instead.
Instead of using a wedged foundation sponge, I’m using a rectangular foundation sponge for a comparison. I applied a generous amount of China Glaze Peachy Keen (base colour) nail polish onto the foundation sponge.
Then, I applied a generous amount of China Glaze Laced Up (2nd nail polish) just below and slightly overlapping China Glaze Peachy Keen (base colour) nail polish to help blend the 2 colours.
To aid blending, I added more China Glaze Peachy Keen (base colour) on the sponge, to the same area I applied earlier on and overlapping China Glaze Laced Up (2nd nail polish) slightly. Subsequently, I did the same with China Glaze Laced Up (2nd nail polish).
(tip #4) Reapplying more polish to the sponge helps as nail polish dries quicker compared to acrylic paint and might cause a little difficulty in blending.
Dab the foundation sponge on the nail.
(tip #5) Generally, I like to create “2 layers” each time I sponge the nail. What I’ll do is dab the sponge from one side of the nail towards the other side, till the whole nail is covered (1st layer), then I’ll move the sponge downwards (slightly away from the cuticle) and dab the whole nail again from side to side (2nd layer).
For the first layer, about 2/3 of my nail is covered with China Glaze Laced Up (2nd nail polish). For the 2nd layer, about half of my nail is covered with China Glaze Laced Up. This helps to create that gradient effect.
Once you have sponged all the nails, wait till the nails are completely or almost dry (to avoid bits of foundation sponge sticking to the nails) before repeating the previous step to intensify the colour of China Glaze Laced Up (2nd nail polish). Once you have achieved the desired intensity, clean up the sides and around the cuticles, apply top coat and you’re finished! I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to ensure a nice and smooth finish.
“After testing this with a rectangular foundation sponge, I’ll recommend using a wedged foundation sponge for better control and precision. Have you ombré yet?”
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