Friday, January 3, 2014

Red and Black Ombre Nails!

So this post might be a little weird, but it's my first nail tutorial! I am super excited to share this with you guys because I love these nails so much and I wore them for Christmas! The steps might be a little weird because I don't know exactly how much info to put or how to word things, but I promise it'll get better with time! Let's get started!




So first you will need a red polish and a gray/black polish. I used a shimmery red and a cream gray, but you can mix up the finishes and do whatever you'd like! I also used a sparkle top coat, which is totally optional! You also need a sponge tip applicator (like the ones for eyeshadow!)

1) Apply the gray polish on the nail
This is easy, right! But you want this to be really nice and opaque (especially near the bottom) so you can do a couple coats if necessary! Let the polish dry!
2) Brush the red polish on the sponge tip applicator and stamp the polish on
Don't overload the sponge tip applicator at first because you want to do this very lightly. I start at the top of the nail and slowly work down leaving 1/4 of the nail  polish free at the bottom. You can be imperfect (and I think that imperfection looks best!) Let the polish dry!
3) Repeat!
Do step 2 again, but go from the top of the nail 1/2 way down instead of 3/4 way to start creating the ombre effect. Once again, let the polish dry!
4) Repeat again!
Do step 3 again, but go from the top of the nail 1/4 of the way down. Feel free to pack it on because you want the top of the nail to be pretty much 100% red!
5) Top coat!
I used a sparkle top coat, but if you don't want to do that, you could go for a normal clear coat or even a matte coat! I think that this would look really cool matte and I might try that soon!

So how was that for my first nail tutorial? If you have any suggestions on how to improve it, let me know! And next time I think I'll try take pictures of the actual steps, but this post was sort of an after thought and I didn't plan on doing a post on it! Also, follow this blog for more beauty posts!
-Sisi

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