Do you love getting creative with your nails? Then ombre nails are the perfect way to add a unique, eye-catching twist to your mani, but perhaps you’re wondering what are ombre nails.
Ombre nails have been gaining popularity in recent years as a stunning nail art style that can be applied to any color palette or design of your choosing. From subtle fades and glitters to bold contrasting colors, the options are truly endless when it comes to creating beautiful ombre looks!
Today, I’ll help you explore what ombre nails are, along with some inspiring ideas for achieving gorgeous ombre manicures at home, so keep reading to learn all about this gorgeous trend!
What are ombre nails?
Ombre nails are a popular nail art trend that involves gradients of color. It typically starts with one color on the tip and another near the cuticle, creating a fade effect.
Ombre nails can be created using different techniques, such as sponging, airbrushing, and gradient stamping. They’re also long-lasting and eye-catching, making them an excellent choice for special occasions or everyday wear.
The best ombre nail designs
French ombre nails:
French nails are a classic, and ombre french nails add a touch of fun to an already classy and sophisticated manicure.
Ombre with short nails:
Do you love short nails? Ombre also looks especially beautiful with short nails.
Rainbow ombre nails:
Rainbow ombre nails use layers of colors in a gradient to create an eye-catching, vibrant look.
Transparent ombre features one bright color that fades into transparency.
If you’re looking for a sparkly and glamorous look, try incorporating glitter into your ombre nail design. Glitter ombre nails give you the ability to take your look up a notch and turn heads. You can use any color of glitter with any color of nail polish and you can even combine different types of glitter.
Most ombre nail designs are vertical; why not switch it up with ombre nails that have a horizontal gradient?
Okay, so you got me. Technically, thermal nails aren’t ombre since they change colors depending on the temperature. However, I find more thermal nails tend to look gradient as the tips of our nails are usually a different temperate than our nails. Oh, and if you’re wondering if ombre nails on dark skin looks right, this is proof they do!
Celestial ombre nails are a great way to showcase your love for night sky. These designs typically deep blues and dark purples that are painted on in a gradient to resemble the beautiful night sky. They also often feature stars and other celestial objects for added fun.
Who says you can’t have fun with your ombre nail design? Check out this super cute and fun watermelon theme ombre nails! Perfect for summer and those that, well, love watermelon!
If bright colors are not your thing, consider a nude ombre nail design that features toned-down colors.
Some of the most beautiful ombre nail designs are inspired by sunsets. This type of design involves a range of oranges, pinks and reds that gradually transition from light to dark in a gradient. The final look is stunning and perfect for any occasion.
Animal print ombre:
Animal print ombre nails are the perfect way to show off your wild side. These designs typically feature classic animal prints such as zebra stripes, leopard spots, and tiger stripes. But you can also get creative and mix different prints together for a truly unique look.
Do you love the color orange? Me too! Check out these gorgeous ombre nails thay fade from orange to nude!
Starry night ombre:
For a truly unique look, try a starry night ombre design. This type of design often features black and navy colors that gradually transition from dark to light. Then, you can add stars and other celestial objects with white or silver nail polish for a truly breathtaking look.
Do you love pastel colors? Create a pastel ombre nail look! This type of design is perfect for spring and summer. You can mix and match different pastel shades to create a beautiful gradient.
I’m a little biased since pink is my favorite color. However, these pink to purple ombre nails are absolutely beautiful and sure to turn heads!
Solid to glitter ombre:
Can’t choose between glitter and a solid color? Choose both! I love this orange that fades (or ombres) into glitter for a truly unique and fun look!
Take your ombre look to the next level with a holographic ombre design. This type of design can feature any color of nail polish but is typically done with pastels or neons. Then, it’s topped off with holographic glitter for a look that will turn heads.
The greys ombre:
I’ve shown you a ton of bright and beautiful ombre designs but you can also tone your ombre down with nude and neutral colors like this grey gray ombre!
How to do ombre nails at home
Do you want to do ombre nails yourself? It’s fairly easy to do and can look gorgeous when done correctly! Here’s a step-by-step on how to down ombre nails:
Step 1: Before applying any nail polish, it’s important to start with clean dry nails. Make sure there is no dirt, old nail polish dust, or oils as this can cause your nail polish not to adhere correctly and chip quicker. Clean your nails with nail wipe or paper towel.
Step 2: Start by polishing your nails with a base color. You’ll want to make sure your nails are completely dry before moving to step 3, as a wet base can ruin the ombre.
Step 3: Now it’s time to ombre! Choose 2-3 colors for your ombre and apply them to a sponge. Start with your lightest color and then work your way to the darkest color. Be sure the colors should overlap a bit to give a gradient effect!
Step 4: Gently press the sponge to your nail, making sure to cover the entire nail. Be sure not to wipe, as this can ruin the ombre. Blot and lighting pat down. Repeat steps 3-4 for all nails.
Step 5: Apply your top coat! My favorite is butter LONDON shine topcoat and tada! Your ombre mani (or pedi) is complete!
Here’s a video by yanely sharing how to ombre your nails:
How to do ombre nails with dip powder
If you’re doing ombre nails with a dip powder, you’ll switch out steps 3 & 4 with the below:
Step 3: Start by dipping your entire nail with the lightest color first. Be sure to remove any excess powder with a brush
Step 4: Dip half of your nail with a medium color. Brush off any excess, and then dip the tip of your nail with the darkest color.
How to choose the best color for your ombre nails
When it comes to ombre nails, the possibilities are virtually endless! From a subtle two-tone look to an eye-catching gradient effect, you can find the perfect combination of colors no matter your style.
To get the best results, here are some tips for choosing the right colors for your ombre nails:
What colors look great on your complexion:
The colors that look best on you will depend largely on your skin tone. Consider the shades of makeup that you wear, as well as any clothing colors that make you feel confident. Go with complementary colors: Pick two colors that work together.
For example, if you have a light skin tone, you can opt for softer pastel hues such as pink and lavender. If you have a darker complexion, you can go for bolder shades such as pink and yellow (my personal favorite!).
What’s your style?
Do you prefer a classic look or something more daring? Consider the colors that represent your personal style and pick hues that make an impact without being too over the top.
Mix it up & experiment:
Experiment with different combinations of colors. You can use two shades from the same color family (such as pink and coral) or choose contrasting shades (like navy blue and white).
What’s the season?
I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever you want, whenever you want (that’s right, I wear white before AND after labor day, lol), but if you’re truly perplexed when it comes to what ombre nail colors you should choose, thinking about the season? Are you doing your nails in spring, summer, winter, or fall?
For example, during holidays, you can opt for a red and green ombre since it’s festive, or during the summer, a yellow and pink ombre since those are bright summer colors!
Ultimately, the options are endless, and you get to choose what colors you want to rock! By following these tips, you’ll be sure to find the perfect combination for your ombre nails! Have fun experimenting with color, and know that ombre nails aren’t permanent! You can always switch it up!
Frequently asked questions
Can you do ombre with gel nails?
Wondering can you do ombré with gel dip? How about ombre with gel nails? The answer is YES, you can ombre with gel and dip! You can use ombre to create a stunning gradient look for your nails. With gel dip, you get the same results as if you used traditional nail polish, but the finish is more durable and long-lasting.
To achieve the ombre look with gel dip, you will need to use a few different colors of dip powder. Start by applying the lightest color on your entire nails. You can then slowly transition to a darker shade at the tip of your nails. Make sure to use a sponge or an eyeshadow brush to help blend the colors together for a seamless look!
How long does ombre nails last?
When done correctly and with the proper care, ombre nails typically last for around 7 – 21 days, depending if it’s regular nail polish, dip powder, or gel.
To ensure that your ombre nails stay looking great for as long as possible, it is important to use a good quality base and top coat as well as two or three layers of the ombre nail polish.
Ensure you also wait for at least 1 minutes between each layer to allow the polish to fully dry before adding another layer. Once your ombre nails are finished, it is also important to keep them from coming in contact with water or chemicals such as fragranced lotion, oils, and cleaning products to ensure that the color does not fade.
Finally, be sure to apply nourishing cuticle oil to keep your nails looking healthy and shiny. With proper care, you can ensure that your ombre nails will last for weeks before needing to remove your nail polish and needing a new set.
Why are ombre nails so expensive?
Ombre nails require a lot of skill, artistry, and time to achieve. They involve layering and blending different colors of polish to create a gradient effect, which takes quite a bit of technique to do properly.
Furthermore, the complexity of the design can call for special tools and materials, such as nail art brushes and sponges. All of these factors contribute to the cost of ombre nails, making them more expensive than the average manicure.
It’s also worth noting that some salons may charge extra for specific color combinations or designs, which can add to the price.
What’s the difference between ombre and gradient nails?
The terms “ombre” and “gradient” nails are often used interchangeably but in reality, they refer to two different nail art techniques.
Ombre nails feature a light to dark transition, with the lighter color on the tips and darker color nearer to the cuticles.
On the other hand, gradient nails feature a two-tone design with one color transitioning smoothly into another at the midsection of the fingernail. The result is an eye-catching blend of colors that stands out from the crowd.
Both ombre and gradient nail art looks fantastic, so it’s up to you to decide which style of nail art is right for you!
Is ombre better with dip or acrylic?
Dip powder is a pre-mixed powder that is applied directly to the nail (or, shall I say, dipped into the nail). At the same time, acrylic is a monomer designed to provide your nails additional length and shape.
And since acrylic is a nail enhancement, you can actually choose to do your ombre with gel, acrylic, OR both! You can apply acrylics to make your nails longer and gel for the ombre effect.
Basically, you don’t have to choose!
Can ombre nails be done on natural nails?
Yes, you can do ombre on your natural nails! This look is a great way to show off your creativity and have some fun with your nails. While the ombre may not last as long on your natural nails since it is not as durable as gel or acrylic.
Ombre nails are the perfect way to make a statement with your nails. Whether you prefer more subtle shades or something a bit bolder and brighter, there’s sure to be an ombre nail look that is perfect for any occasion.
With these tips, you’ll have no trouble picking out the best shades and finding a style of ombre nail design that suits your taste. So go ahead, show off your beautiful ombre nails and rock the look! What’s your favorite ombre nail color? Let me in on the fun in the comments!