Ombre Nails Technique?

I wanted to put this out there for my readers.  I’ve never done an ombre nail, but I’ve seen so many different techniques to achieve the look.  Which one do you like best, if you’ve tried this look?  I’m thinking of doing at least an accent nail next week and would love some feedback.

Thanks!

 

Sinful Colors “Nail It” Tutorial

Note: I’ve addressed the issue of this pamphlet here

Sorry for not getting this up sooner.  The last couple of days have been far from normal!

I have pictures of the “Nail It” pamphlet tutorial that’s with the larger Sinful Colors display.  This little fold out describes three different types of easy to do nail art.  They are: Sponge Effect, Half Moon, Swirl It.  If you’re new to the nail art world and just getting started, this would be a great thing to pick up.  If you’ve been around the nail art world, then you probably know a better way to do what they’re trying to describe.

Nail It Pamphlet

Each design is explained in three steps.  The directions tell you the supplies you’ll need to create each type of design.

Sponge Effect: These directions are so-so in explaining how to do this.  In the first step is says to “select 2-3 shades beginning with a dark shade, then medium, and then a light.  Then is goes right into telling you to start with the lightest shade.  If I was going to do this and hadn’t read through the step completely, I’d probably be thinking I was starting with the darkest shade.  Does it really matter what order you select your shades then?  The one thing that got me on these directions was in step two when it tells you to dip the sponge into your medium or darkest shade.  It doesn’t say anything about putting a couple of drops onto another surface to pick it up with the sponge.  It also isn’t clear about how far to dab down the nail.  It just states to start “at the top of the nail tip” and work “downward towards the bottom of your nail tip”.  I guess it would also depend which end of the nail you consider your tip.  I’ve always considered the tip of my nail to be the grown out edge.

Sponge Effed

Sponge Effect Directions

Half Moon: First off, has anyone tried basic household tape to try this technique?  Any tutorial I’ve read or watched has stated to use those reinforcement stickers you can find in the office supply section to do this.  When I was reading through this one quickly, there was one step that really didn’t seem like it was explained well.  Step 1 is easy enough to understand.  I had to read Step 2 a couple of times to understand it.  It says to use the tape or to draw by hand.  If using the tape, you block off the bottom third of your nail.  I guess it’s all up to which part of your nail you consider the bottom third.  If drawing by hand, you “use the tip of the polish brush to draw a semicircle across the top of the nail and fill in”.  It doesn’t to use your base color or the contrasting color to do this.  My guess would be your base color, since you only apply one coat in Step 1.  In Step 3 you move to your contrasting color and “paint two coats” of this color “from the tape stencil to the tip of your nail”.  So do you ever go back and fill in the part from Step 2 if you taped over it, or what?  Oh, and in the “What you will need” section, it says “1-2 SinfulColors nail polish for your contrasting swirling shade”.  Did someone not proof this one?  Have I just been trying to decode this one too much and it makes complete sense to someone else?  If so, please tell me.

Half Moon

Half Moon Directions

Swirl It: This is the same as a needle marble, just with a toothpick.  I remember a Sinful Colors display that was called Get Swirling, and one that was Get Twirling.  There was also a tutorial with those displays for this technique.  After looking at Nouveau Cheap’s close up of the directions, they are exactly the same, with just some minor word changes.  Those do not affect the way the tutorial is written.  The picture looks better for this newer tutorial, and I think it better reflects what this technique can really look like.  Of course, unless you’re extremely talented (or just plain lucky), your nails are not going to look as amazing as they do in the picture the first time around.  I’ve tried this before and it looked horrible.  I think it would be easier to recreate the design pictured by doing water marbling, but to each their own!  These directions are the simplest to understand.

Swirl It

Swirl It Directions

Okay, so I’d still say if your new to nail art, pick this up.  Then go and watch tutorials on YouTube.

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