May 13, 2013

sunset nails

nail of the day!
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I've been wanting to try something more exciting on my nails for a while now, and I finally decided on some ombre! I tried this nail trend last summer in this post, but only as an accent nail. This time I went all out. I had to use one nail as a sort of trial run, but then I found a good technique. I chose to use a bright coral and a hot pink.

I started with a white base coat and let that sit for about a day before sponging on the ombre colors. I found that if I started sponging on the ombre colors too soon after the white base coat, the sponge would actually pick up the white polish and ruin the paint. I also decided that a dry sponge worked best for me instead of a damp sponge like many tutorials suggest. I suggest cutting the wedge sponge into 4 pieces to get maximum usage and best fit for the nail. I ended up doing about 2-3 coats of the ombre in order to get the solid, bright colors that I wanted. A clear top coat got rid of any sponge texture left on my nails. Not sure if that made any sense, but here are some pictures if that helps! This tutorial from The Beauty Department blog might be helpful as well!
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