If you’re ready to enliven your look for summer, we here at Heirloom Finds recommend fresh rings, beautiful bracelets and a fabulous ombre manicure. We tried our hand at this nail art trend and found it to be both fun and surprisingly simple. If you’re looking for an excuse to stay in the shade on a hot summer’s day, this mani is one good way to spend some down time.
What You’ll Need
- Clear base coat
- Clear top coat
- Two nail polish colors: one for the base and one for the ombre effect
- Nail art sponge
- Pure acetone
- Cotton swabs
- Small cleanup brush
- Small cutout piece of plastic or other surface for mixing nail polish
Step One: Apply your base coat and let dry. Then apply one coat of your base color. We chose “Paper Mâche” by Finger Paints.
Step Two: Prepare your nail polish by applying your two nail polishes onto a cutout piece of plastic or other mixing surface. Try to create a rectangular shape slightly larger than your nail surface. Your base color should be at the bottom, while the main ombre color should be at the top.
Step Three: Use the bottom tip of your cleanup brush (or a toothpick, if you prefer) to gently combine the two nail polishes where they meet at the center of the rectangle. Make sure you don’t mix the two colors entirely, as this would destroy the ombre effect.
Step Four: Take your nail art sponge and lay it on top of your mixed nail polishes, making sure that you do not move it around as you press it into your mixing surface. Gently remove it, then slowly press it onto your first fingernail, with the top color section lining up with the top portion of your nail and the base color section matching the bottom of your nail. Carefully pull the sponge away.
Step Five: Use a cotton swab dipped in pure acetone to remove excess polish. Carefully tidy up around your cuticles using the small cleanup brush dipped in pure acetone.
Step Six: Repeat steps two through five for your remaining fingernails. Then apply a clear top coat to each nail to complete the manicure.
And there you have it! Your fingernails now have a fantastic dipped effect that’s perfect for glamming up warm weather couture. Don’t be afraid to try out different color combinations using this ombre technique. Summertime is, after all, definitely about being adventurous.
by Sarah Clark