Nail Adventures: Ombre Nails
I feel as though I was going to do an ombre nail look for ComicCon this year, and that never worked out. I ended up getting sick and needed something simpler to do.
Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US (hi to my international readers!), so I figured I’d do something nice for the day. I’m not celebrating since I’ll be working (:|) but since my dinner is cooking away, why not do something to fill the time? Besides housework, of course.
I gathered all of my tools and got to work. I used CoverGirl Outlast Glosstinis in Rogue Red (it looks more orange on me), Revlon Colorstay in Velvet Rope, and Julep in Autumn, an awesome orange and bronze glitter.
Oh, man. I can’t do that. I tried the type of sponge she had, I tried a cosmetic wedge…I just managed to get polish everywhere and no ombre! So, how did I end up with this awesome result?
I’m sure it’s a way many bloggers and nail artists have come up with, but the simplicity of how I did this made me giggle. So, I did two coats of my base color (the CoverGirl shade), and let it dry. Then I took the Revlon and painted from the center of the nail to the tip, and then…and this is key…I quickly painted the CoverGirl shade over it while it was still slightly wet. And look at that, an ombre! The color still being slightly wet is key to getting it to blend, otherwise you’ll get a look like this from the Beauty Department. It’s gorgeous, of course, but if you want more blending, you’ll need to do this while it’s still wet. It also helps that the CoverGirl shade is sheer at first coat, so it helps to blend without overpowering (I can’t speak to how this technique works with more opaque colors…at least not yet.)
And there we have it! I love this look, and hope to replicate it with some other colors. Now for sleep, and maybe I’ll put up a roundup of Black Friday sales later on tonight (a quickie: Ulta is having a nice doorbuster sale starting at midnight!) Until then, stay beautiful!