All About Ombre Nails
All About OMBRE Nails!
Psssst!!! Did you know that you can create beautiful Ombre nails with
ALL our powders?
Many people have called us recently asking for Ombre Powders. The common thought is that there are only specific powders that can produce this type of enhancement. Well, due to the popular and very frequently asked questions, we decided to explain what Ombre really is, how to do it, and what a few our suggested combinations of powders can look like!
What are Ombre Nails?
Ombre nails are very on trend right now, and it certainly seems like everyone wants them. The best news is that it doesn’t involve some exotic technique or anything that is going to turn the industry upside down; no, our world can stay upright – for now. Ombre nails are just a a type of layered manicure that speaks to a seamless, blended color gradient or transition (light to dark or vice versa) more than a specific type of product.
Ombre nails can be done with generally any enhancement type (gel, gel polish, traditional lacquer or Dip acrylics) but for this, we’ll speak to traditional liquid and powder acrylic. To give you an idea, think of the traditional and timeless classic: the pink and white. There’s a Pink on the finger, and a White at the free edge with a very sharp and strategically placed smile line separating the two. Now take that clearly defined smile line and blur it so the pink fades gently from the cuticle into white at the tip.
Getting the perfect Ombre effect will take practice. However, since you can do Ombre with all of our powders, we’ve opened a window of opportunity for you to express your originality and talent in making your Ombre uniquely you.
How to do Ombre Nails!
- Start with Proper Nail Prep!
- Apply the color chosen for the tip and apply it at the free edge. Using your brush like a feather, you want to drag it smoothly towards the cuticle just passed the halfway point of the nail.
- Dry off your brush and pat the rest of the nail to make sure the applied acrylic is nice and smooth.
- Place a small bead of whatever “cover” color you’re choosing along the faded line of previously applied acrylic. Drag this color towards the tip in smooth strokes to gently pull the color down the nail as evenly as possible.
- Apply a cuticle bead, evenly dragging the color down towards the tip.
It is okay to apply these colors too thick, but you will need to file them down before moving on to the next step. By filing the colored layers of acrylic, you will also notice a change in the even placement of your transitioning color’s lines, so you will need to pay attention to where you’re filing, and how much you take off. (You may not want to use a drill for this, as it is very easy to get too heavy handed and take off too much accidentally.)
- After these points of acrylic have been applied (and filed, if necessary), you’ll want to cover the entire enhancement in a coat of a high grade, “crystal” clear powder. Place your bead of clear powder a little further back from the cuticle, in the centered point where your apex should be. Using your brush, push the acrylic towards the cuticle before dragging down the sides and through the tip. Be sure to leave some of the clear bulk where you placed it to create the apex.
- File the newest layer of clear acrylic so that it is flush around the cuticle area, shaping the nail as you desire. Be sure to buff out any small scratches left by the filing.
- Apply a thin layer of your top coat (Dual Sealer) and let your work shine.
Final note: As you progress through layering the acrylic, you want to keep in mind the thickness of the finished enhancement. Even after putting on your topcoat, the free edge should not be thicker than a credit card, and your apex should be about the thickness of only two credit cards.
Have you created Ombre nails with our powders? Comment below and tell us what you’ve used! Send us pictures to [email protected] and they may very well get posted here with credit to you and your salon!