We Tried It: DIY ombre nails

Dying for a way to freshen up your back-to-school mani? Look no further than your collection of eerily similar nail polish colors!

So what’s the deal with ombre nails? Well, let me just say that they have been all the rage this summer, and I’m sure will stay trendy by the time you hit the halls. Simply put, each nail is painted a different shade of the same color from dark to light.

Start by finding five nail polish colors in the same color family. For example, you could find five different shades of pink, blue, or any other color. Once you find these five hues, arrange them from dark to light. If you can’t find five different shades, you could try mixing colors using a cotton swab and blending the shades on a piece of wax paper. Mixing a lighter shade with a few drops from a darker hue will fill any color gaps.

Once you have your colors organized, decide whether you want your darkest color on your pinky finger or on your thumb. Then, start painting! Paint each nail one of the colors, but make sure you keep the color going from dark to light, or light to dark, depending on what you decided.

If you want to blend them a little more, you could try taking a clear polish with sparkles in it (from the same color family, of course!) and applying it over each of your nails. The colors will flow a little better with this top coat to set them all.

(Psst: Ombre nails are an easy way to use all those polishes you bought but didn’t realize were way too similar.) Try it out for your first day of school and let us know what you think!

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by Katelyn Lester | 2/1/2016