DIY: Pink Ombre Nails

Hi Guys,

I’m sure the ombre trend is not alien to many people as the whole fashion world is raving about it. Simply put, ombre is a french word that means “shaded”. In fashion, it’s anything that starts with one dark colour and slowly fades towards a lighter colour.

Everyone and their chihuahua is into ombre hair, ombre clothes, ombre accessories etc. Most recently, I’ve even been seeing ombre lipstick looks done by some beauty bloggers I follow on Instagram (I am not too sure how i feel about this yet, lol).

Based on this, I discovered that the ombre craze has infiltrated nail art as well. I am a nail enthusiast who is always looking for the next nail art design to try on my nails and I always get them done by myself, at home. So I was chuffed to try this out and decided to share the “how-to” with you guys 🙂 .

What you need

  • Nail Polish remover
  • Base Coat & Top Coat (I used NYC’s Grand Central Station)
  • Base Colour – White Nail Polish (I used a random one called Dierli I got from the supermarket)
  • Two different shades of pink nail polish (I used Rimmel’s 60 second in Portobello Pink and Model’s own in Blooming Pink)
  • A cube cut off from a washing up sponge/makeup sponge
  • Qtips to clean your edges  

  • Wipe off any old nail polish from your nails
  • Prep your nails by filing and buffing them so that you have a smooth surface to work on.
  • Paint your nails with your base coat

  • Apply two coats of your white nail polish. This acts as a base colour, making you ombre nail art more vibrant. If you don’t have white nail polish, you can use any light/nude colour. Don’t worry too much about applying it perfectly as it will all be cleaned up around the cuticles at the end :-D. 

  • Wet the sponge and squeeze the water out, leaving it slightly damp. This helps to prevent your nail polish from sinking into the sponge. 
  •  Paint on two/three coats of the pink polishes in horizontal lines across the sponge
Tip: I wrapped the border of my nails with some paper tape to make cleaning up easier as it can get quite messy

** Please ensure your white nail polish is completely dry before proceeding with the next step. I left mine to dry for about half an hour** 🙂  

  • Dab the sponge quickly across the nail several times. Don’t worry about dabbing the exact spot every time as this will only make the gradient look harsh
  • For every nail, re-apply the polish before dabbing on the nail.
  • To make the colour appear more opaque, I went over my nails with the sponge a second time (applying fresh polish for every nail)
  • Apply a top coat to blend your ombre nails even more and to give them a little shine
  • Clean up around your cuticles with a qtip dipped in nail polish remover. This step is the worst part as its really hard to get your cuticles fresh again, always some pesky bits hanging there. Clean up as much as you can

And there you have it!! You are ready to rock your Pink Ombre nails. If pink is not your thing, feel free to try out shades of any other colours you like. I will be trying out purple next. You can also use this technique to achieve a “rainbow effect” on your nails i.e a mix of red, green, yellow, whatever..all depends on how bold and daring you are!

I hope you guys try this out. Feel free to post any questions or comments below. If you like, you can share your pictures with me on Twitter or Instagram (Yewizzy), that will be fun 🙂

Peace and Love,



  1. Anonymous
    July 23, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    Not a nail enthusiast like you as my fingers and nails are rather dodgy..but the outcome looks really good, love how articulate you are, steps explained in detail..looking forward to more posts 🙂

    your fervent stalker.

    • July 23, 2012 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you for the kind words.. I'm sure if done with patience and care, your nails will turn out nice 😀

  2. A close but distant relative ;)
    July 24, 2012 / 10:11 am

    This is a really good post. I especially like that you took the pain to explain each step without being verbose. Not exactly into nails as mine grow real short, but i'd be sure to recommend this post.


    • July 24, 2012 / 10:13 am

      I'm glad you liked it. Thank you so much 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    July 24, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    Nice…. Definatli tryin dis…yaaay.

  4. Anonymous
    July 24, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    Great nail tips

  5. July 28, 2012 / 3:30 pm

    I recently started appreciating my nails and trying to say goodbye to faux ones.. Enjoyed this post..

    • July 28, 2012 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks love, nice natural nails are the bidness!

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