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If there’s one nail trend that can take your beauty look to the next level, ombré nails have our vote. While you might think that the gradient technique is reserved for hair color, ombré nail colors say otherwise! An excellent option for those looking to steer away from traditional manicures, a pink ombré nail design offers a gorgeous transition in color, leaving you with a nail look that’s sure to spark envy. Seriously, how could you not swoon?
Ready to give your manicure the makeover it deserves with this gorgeous ombré nail idea? Keep reading to learn how to do pink ombré nails for nail art that won’t go unnoticed.
Before you grab your nail polish, you’ll want to make sure that your nails are clean and ready to paint. Kick things off by removing your old nail polish. Next, it’s all about getting your nails nice and even. Feel free to give them a quick trim, or use a nail file to smooth out and shape your nails. Like many nail trends, ombré nail designs complement pretty much any nail shape, but we recommend giving your nails a slightly rounded curve for a super-pretty look. Once you’re all done, it’s time to reach for your base coat!
The key to bringing ombré color nails to life is to opt for a pale-colored base. After all, you want your gorgeous shades to pop. Set the stage by applying a clear base coat to your nails, making sure it’s fully dry before reaching for your first color.
Paint two layers of a light pink shade onto each of your nails. If you happen to make any mistakes, there’s no need to worry. Any streaks or mistakes will be covered in the end. Promise!
Now, it’s time for some ombré action! You’ll want to gather three nail polish colors: light pink, deep pink, and an orangey-pink. Once your nails are dry, reach for a cosmetic wedge and paint the ombré design directly onto the sponge in a striped pattern. Apply four to five strokes of each polish, making sure to create a set of stripes that is slightly longer and wider than your largest nail—this will ensure your entire nail will be covered in a pretty pink gradient.
The best thing about how to do ombré nails is that it doesn’t require any fancy freehand action—you literally just sponge your gradient on, something we know you can do. Align the sponge over your first nail and press it down so that all three colors transfer seamlessly.
Missed a spot? No worries. Simply reapply polish on your sponge, line it up with the ombré polish already on your nails, and press down again. Once complete, apply two more strokes of each shade to the sponge and repeat the process on the rest of your nails.
Bear with us, you’re almost at the finish line! We have to admit, while this technique can be a bit messy, the results are totally worth it. To clean things up, use a cotton ball or swab to remove excess polish from your skin. You can even use an angled eyeliner or art brush dipped in polish remover for a more precise clean up near the cuticles. Take your time—you don’t want to ruin all of your hard work!
Now that your color is beautifully placed, you’ll want to lock it into place. Grab a clear top coat and apply it to your nails to protect your work. A thick top coat will also help hide any minor mistakes or less than perfectly blended lines because it softens and smooths out your ombré nail design. Let your fresh manicure dry, and you’re in the clear. Congratulations, you’ve just mastered the art of pink ombré nails!
Next up: You officially know how to do ombré nails like a pro; why not learn how to step your nail game up with another trendy nail look? Head on over to our article, Jelly Nails Are Our New Favorite Trend, to expand your skills.
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