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Ombré Nail Art Tutorial

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday September 27, 20114 comments

During Fashion Week,Yigal Azrouel Cut25 presented colour blocked ensembles in muted deep blues, army green, corals and yellows. To complement the outfits, butter LONDON gave the models unique manicures which they coined 'Ombré Nails'. butter LONDON's look is all about the visual texture- the paint drips are softly layered to look almost like woven fabric. While they created specific exclusive colours for the show, we tried this nail art with a few of our chosen colours and we think it looks pretty snazzy! If you want to create a similar look, we've made it easy for you with this tutorial! 

(images courtesy of butterlondon.com)

What you'll need: 
- Three polish colours (one as base, two for the design) 
- Thin paint brushes 
- Nail polish remover, orange sticks, file etc. (optional, as needed) 

Step 1: Paint your base coat. We're using O.P.I. Sephora in Don't Feed the Hand Models as a base because it is neutral, cream colour, sheer enough but perfect for layering. We think it looks best to use a lighter colour as a base but feel free to let your imagination run when choosing colours! 

Step 2: Outline your first layer. butter LONDON provided us with a very pretty teal colour called Artful Dodger that we used for the first layer. Outline the layer first with a thin paint brush. Create a wavy line about two thirds up from the bottom of your nail- this should look almost like paint drips to achieve the overall look. 

Step 3: Fill in outline. Using either the paint brush or the nail polish brush, simply paint in the outline, going from the line to the bottom of your nail. Be sure to not use too much polish or it will take too long to dry after your second layer. 

Step 4: Outline your second layer. Repeat step 2 with your last colour. Draw this line about a third or quarter way up from the bottom of your nail. For this layer, we used O.P.I. Sephora in Break a Leg-Warmer

Step 5: Fill in outline. Repeat step 3 with your second layer colour. Let dry. 

Remember to clean up any excess polish around the edges and voila- your ombré nail art is finished and you're looking like a million bucks! 

For more nail art, why not try our gradient nails tutorial? And if you're looking for inspiration, check out our post on 'We're Obsessed With... Nail Art'
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on December 17, 2011  Aliza  13,970 said:

This just gave me the greatest inspiration for my nails!!! Love them!

on October 03, 2011  chicky82  2,380 said:

Great look,I wonder if it would be easier to do with nail pens for those of us nor so artistically inclined?

on September 27, 2011  shiorim  982 said:

cute look! Must say I love the bottles for the butter london nailpolish. So cute and great colours too

on September 27, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:


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