Ombré Nail Trend for Short Nails
Published Jun 7, 2011
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It’s hard to experiment with cool designs on perpetually short nails. So as a self-acknowledged nail-biter (I’m quitting the habit!), I have to get a little more creative with my designs. I especially love the ombré trend on nails, and wanted a way to rock this uber-popular fashion statement.
File nails in a squoval shape (not sure what that means? Read our Guide to Nail Shapes!). Then clean cuticles and hydrate hands. Apply a thin layer of your favorite base coat in broad, even strokes.
Grab your five polishes. Apply the lightest shade on the pinky, and deepen the polish with each subsequent finger. We chose a spectrum of blues that runs from pale sky blue to deep midnight sapphire. Since we didn’t have a paler shade than OPI’s No Room For The Blues (on ring finger), we applied the same color on our pinky and used a pale second coat (Essie Polish in 337 Waltz) to lighten it. Apply two coats.
After the color has dried, apply two coats of a glitter top coat over each nail. The hexagon-shaped glitter from Milani Jewel FX gives a new spin to a typical top coat.
Apply a clear top coat to seal the glitter and you’re finished! You’ve got yourself easy ombré nails that you can customize in any shade. Would you try this look for Summer?