Ombre is all over the place these days. First it was ombre hair, and now it's ombre nails! Ombre is a French word that quite literally means "shaded". Think, gradient colors. Since I am a (non) certified nail artist, I thought I would tackle the ombre nail for your viewing pleasure. There are three different ways you can do it.
Type 1: Take five shades of the same color and paint each nail a different shade. For a slightly more unique look, you can take one dark color that is your absolute fave, and on a flat non-porous surface (table top, Ziploc bag, paper plate, etc.) make four tiny puddles of polish. Next, add small amounts of white polish to each puddle to lighten them up, each to different shades of the same color.
This look is the most simple, and sort of reminds me of junior high. It is still pretty, but by farm the most simple of the three.
Type 2: Take two contrasting shades (one lighter than the other) and using the lighter color, paint your nails as normal. While polish is still a bit tacky. Make sure you have a make-up wedge or an eye make up sponge applicator and dab it in the darker polish. Next, using the applicator, sponge it onto the nail, heavier on the tip, and lighter towards the middle.
This look was big on the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 runways this year. They achieved this look by using an airbrush, but for those of us who can't afford to airbrush our nails all the time, I have a shortcut!You should get something like this, which is my personal fave!
Type 3: I like to call this one the "candy corn effect". There are two ways that I know of to achieve this look. You can simply take three polishes and do three horizontal stripes across your nails. When almost dry, use a clear polish on the entire nail to blend the look. Another clever way to achieve this look is to use scotch tape, as seen here!