We have all seen pictures with extravagant-looking nails on tumblr and instragram. No matter how many YouTube videos there are that demonstrate how to create these complicated nail designs, it doesn't make it any easier! So, last night, a friend and I decided to test out the ombre nail trend for ourselves. We did exactly what the pictures above demonstrate - applying the colors on a makeup sponge and dabbing them on the nails. It was kind of a mess at first, but the finished results were...impressive! I promise, it's not as hard as it looks. I am not exactly the most neat - nor patient - person when it comes to nails, and this method requires little talent, which is perfect! However, it does require some patience. So keep an open mind and try this out for yourself! 

1. Start with two coats of a base color. I used white. Depending on the colors that you want to use for the ombre, the base color will not really show up, so don't worry if it's not perfectly neat. It just acts as a "canvas" for the other colors.

2. Apply your "ombre" colors on a makeup sponge. You may want to trim the sponge to better fit the shape/size of your nail. You will have to clean up afterwords anyways, but by cutting it, it makes the clean up easier and the colors easier to apply. Then, apply your two or three colors in horizontal stripes. 
[Tip: The wetter the polishes are on the sponge, the better it will look on your nails. You may have to reapply the colors before dabbing the sponge on each nail.]

3. Next, gently dab the sponge onto your nail. Start off gently so you can get an idea of where you want the colors to go/where they are actually going. It's okay if it looks kind of...bad...at the beginning. That's why you keep dabbing! Press harder or softer depending on your preference. By dabbing, it blends the colors to create the ombre effect! Keep doing this as much or as little as you want. You may have to reapply the colors to the sponge. Repeat this process on all nails!

4. Obviously...there is some polish that got outside of the lines. Don't fret - a Q-tip dipped in some polish remover does the trick. Finally, use a top coat to smooth out the sponge-y texture and give your nails a glossy finish!

....and that's it! I am so happy with how my nails turned out! I used a neon purple, bright pink, and an orange color for my nails, and it kind of looks like a sunset! There are so many color combinations that can be used for this. Be creative, and have fun! :)
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