Guide to Do Ombre Nail Art at Home

Ombre nails may seem tough and unachievable on your own, but the truth is, anyone can create these gorgeous-looking mani right at home. The only tip to remember is the selection of the nail polish colors. Even though different shades from the same color family are complementing, using contrasting colors gives a more vibrant effect.

But before we do that, you need a base color for your mani. You can apply …

  • white polish; the colors you apply over it will pop.
  • nude polish; it will give your mani a subtle pop.
  • lightest polish of the ombre mani colors.

Once you have selected the colors, the next few steps are to clean and trim your nails, push back the cuticles, wipe every fingernail with cotton balls dipped in the polish remover, and apply the base coat. After this, select either of the 3 ombre manicure styles from below.

Ombre Nails – Style 1

Step 1 – First, we will gather all the necessary items required for the nail art―polish remover, cotton swabs, square or triangle makeup sponge, black and red nail polish, clear nail polish, and a glass of water.

Step 2 – Apply 2 coats of (RED OR PINK) nail polish and let it dry completely.

Step 3 – Open the bottles (but keep the lid on top), and place the glass of water in front of you. Dip the sponge in water and squeeze some water out so that it’s not soaking wet. This little trick will keep the polish from seeping into the sponge.

Step 4 – Quickly and efficiently, apply the black polish at the bottom of the sponge and the (RED OR PINK) polish on top.

Step 5 – Take the sponge and lightly press it on top of your fingernail. It’s okay if the polish comes on your skin; we will clean it up in the end.

Step 6 – Again spread both nail polishes on the sponge to complete the nail art on all the nails.

Step 7 – Let the nail art dry completely. Once dry, dip a cotton swab in the polish remover and clean up the sides and around the cuticles.

Step 8 – Apply the top coat to seal the nail art properly.

Ombre Nails – Style 2

Step 1 – Gather all the necessary items for the nail art―polish remover, cotton swabs, clear nail polish, and 4 blue nail polish shades.

Step 2 – Apply 2 coats of blue nail polish and let it dry completely.

Step 3 – Apply the first layer with the light nail polish shade and let it dry properly.

Step 4 – Now, we will apply the next shade. Leave some space at the top and using quick, long strokes, apply the second shade.

Step 5 – When the second layer is dry, apply the third layer in the same manner.

Step 6 – The fourth layer goes on top once the third layer is completely dry.

Step 7 – Finally, apply the fifth layer, the darkest polish, at the very edge of your nails. Do this for all the fingernails.

Step 8 – Once the nail art has dried completely, apply the top coat to seal the polish.

Ombre Nails – Style 3

Step 1 – Place all the nail polish shades in front of you, but don’t open the lids like we did previously.

Step 2 – Starting on either side, apply 5 different shades individually on every fingernail.

Step 3 – Once the nail polish is dry, apply the top coat to seal the polish properly.

Select your favorite nail polish shades and brands to get super sexy, eye-catching ombre mani.

Nail Art Design Ideas to Celebrate Creatively

Letters to Juliet
Did you know that each year, on Valentine’s Day, thousands of people write letters to Juliet and send it to Verona? The letters mostly contain an individual’s questions, doubts, and/or opinions for Juliet about their love life.
The first step to gorgeous-looking nails is a good-quality nail polish, because everything else can come after that. It’s tough to create any type of nail art if you begin with thick, gluggy polish, right? So, in order to sport a sexy and attention-grabbing mani, you have to finalize a design that’ll do just that. You don’t need complicated designs that take hours to finish. With our gorgeous collection of 21 simple, yet elegant Valentine’s day nail art ideas, we guarantee that if paired with your outfit for the night, the combination will blow his socks off.

Nail Art with Hearts
It may be a cliché for some women, but a mani for Valentine’s Day gets a little extra love with gorgeous designs made with hearts. You can go with the classic combination of red and gold nails, but this year, we thought to give other colors a chance. Yes, red is one of the more popular shades for this day. But, why follow an idea just because it’s popular? Check out these ideas.

Nail Art without Hearts
Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t mean every woman will be interested in getting a mani with hearts. Yes, hearts are one of the most sought-after ideas for a nail art, but you’re not obligated to follow it. Some women may want to think outside the box and try unconventional things instead. So, if you’ve had enough of the cutsie hearts, glitter, and rhinestones, here are some excellent designs for you to choose from.

Whether you want to try your hand at heart designs or something else altogether, make sure to choose nail polish shades that will complement your attire for the evening. Take your time while doing the mani as you don’t want to get distracted or not find enough time to let the nail art dry completely. And before applying a coat of clear polish on top, make sure to wipe any polish that may have come on to the skin. There’s nothing worse than smudged nails, especially on Valentine’s night.

Easy Nail Art Designs

Do you like colors? Do you like to wear colorful accessories or clothes that reflect your mood? Then try out some nail art. There are so many ways to paint your nail into different designs and colors, however, you need to maintain a little neatness while painting your nails.

How to do Easy Nail Art?
Here are the step-by-step instructions, that you need to use while creating nail art.

  • First paint all the nails with a base coat, which can be a light color that can be shades of pink, blue, green or black. Let this base coat dry completely, before applying the second coat.
  • Now, decide what nail art do you want to paint. If you have your own ideas of nail art in mind, then draw them on a notepad with colored pencils. You can find pictures of simple nail art designs online for free. If you can’t get any ideas, then refer to the list of simple nail art designs ideas mentioned in the second part of this article.
  • Then use a nail art pen and fill up the pen with colors of your choice, or colors which go with a particular theme. On the base coat start designing the nail art carefully and slowly. If you don’t have nail polish pen, then use this nail art tip. Make a plastic cone using a medium thick plastic sheet, and fill the cone with little nail paint and use it to create nail art.
  • Let this layer of nail paint completely dry. If you are impatient, then use a hair dryer on medium heat and keep it at a distance from the nails, and use it to dry your nails.
  • Once you are done with this, add a final coat of transparent nail paint. You can also use the transparent nail paint which has shimmer, for a more glitter nail art look. Let this coat dry.

Easy Nail Art Designs Ideas
Here are various ideas on nail art designs for beginners which you can try. You can click on the images below to view them larger.

Polka Dots
Dots are the easiest to do. You can do white dots on a base coat of red, or on white do rainbow-colored dots. Or you can paint different sizes of dots with one single color. You can do something similar to the picture on left. On a base coat of a bright color, use a contrasting color and create dots.

You can also try out cool shapes nail art ideas. On a base coat of light color, paint different shapes on each individual nail. You can draw circles, stars, triangles, squares, etc. You can see in the picture above, how random shapes like anchor, beach, glass, etc. have been painted.

You can also do some cool spiral designs on your nails. In the picture above on a teal base coat, white color spirals are painted. The ends of the spiral are done with three petal flower with a black core. You can choose your own colors to create different spiral nail art designs. Some good color combinations are sunshine yellow base coat with white spirals and dark blue base coat with red spirals.

You can also paint cute small flowers on a base coat of your choice. The flowers can be of a contrast looking single color of different colors. In the picture above simple white flowers with yellow center have been painted. After the whole design is done, a clear nail polish has been applied to protect the nail art and give it a glossy effect.

If you can’t paint or don’t have a nail polish pen, then find mini stickers of stars, or glow in the dark shape stickers. Then on a base coat stick these mini stickers and enjoy instant nail art. There are many nail paint bottles available which has some stars and other shapes in the paint itself. So, all you have to do is paint your nails with it, and you can have cool sparkly shapes on your nail.

Animal Prints
Stripes are very easy to do, when it comes to nail art. You can do vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, diagonal stripes, or wiggly small stripes. You can keep the stripes of one color, or zebra color or multi-colored. In the picture you can see cool animal print design. To create this nail art design, paint the nail with three different color nail paint which can be pink, blue and yellow. Then fill up the nail art pen with black nail paint and start creating wiggly shapes to complete this nail art. In a similar manner, you can also create zebra stripes, tiger print, leopard print, etc.

More Ideas
Apart from the above ideas, you can also try some other easy ideas. You can try splitting the nails diagonally with two colors. To do this, first paint your nail with bright-colored nail paint completely. Then paint the other diagonal half of the nail with other bright color. You can also try painting your nails with a base coat of black, and paint moon, stars, and planet shapes on it for a cool night theme. Furthermore, you can try on a base coat of light gray color, and draw smiley faces of different expressions for easy nail designs.

The aforementioned ideas are not just for fingernails, you can also use them as to paint nail art on toes. So, collect different colored nail paints, and try out these cool ideas.

How to Tribal Nail Art Design

Getting your nails done at the salon can be expensive; not to mention time-consuming. Of course, doing them at home does take a considerable amount of time, but it does give you the opportunity to work on the nails whenever you want. And with tribal nail art, you don’t necessarily have to visit a salon every time. Within the comforts of your home, it is quite easy, although slightly laborious to get the nails ready.

So, to help you get started and provide some inspiration, we have compiled a collection of 12 different tribal nail art designs for short and long nails. Also, as you go through the article, you will also find a step-by-step tutorial. Pick one design or go for them all, but start painting your nails now.

Tribal Pattern Nail Art

The best thing about doing these designs is their flexibility, and the ability to customize them the way you want. Depending on the colors and designs you like, you can try doodling the patterns on a piece of paper before you paint your nails.

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How to Do Tribal Nail Art

Now that you have quite a few designs, you must be getting restless and would want to start asap. Well, we won’t make you wait any longer. Here is a step-by-step explanation on how you can put the design yourself.

Step 1 – Apply a base coat before you paint your nails black. If you don’t like black, paint your nails with any other color.

Step 2 – Dip a thin brush in your choice of nail polish color, and draw a small diagonal line in the middle of your nail.

Step 3 – Dip the brush once more, and draw another diagonal line going the other way; making a V-shape design.

Step 4 – Finish the zigzag line till either side of the nail. Also, paint a straight line across the top of your nail.

Step 5 – Now take a second nail polish color and dip a clean, thin brush in it. Draw a straight line as shown in image 5.

Step 6 – If you don’t have another thin brush, clean the one you just used, and dip it in the third nail polish color. Draw a straight line closer to the cuticle, and add a few dots.

Step 7 – Add a few more dots around the zigzag lines. Dip a cleaning brush in nail polish remover and clean the area around your nail.

Step 8 – Follow the steps to paint and create the design on the rest of the fingers and thumbs. And once the nails are completely dry, apply a top coat to seal the design in.

* If you like to experiment with your nails, you should invest in a good nail art tools kit. Search for deals either over the Internet, at art or hobby stores, or in nail supply stores.

Weren’t these designs just gorgeous? While creating the designs, your patience will be tested, but know this―in the end, it’ll be all worth it. Give your nails a makeover with any of these designs, and wait for the compliments to flow.