Ombré Nail Trend for Short Nails


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.

What You’ll Need:

  • Milani Jewel FX in 531 Gold
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish in 420 Midnight Blue
  • Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in 797 Bond Street
  • Forever 21 Polish in Electric Blue
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in No Room For The Blues
  • Essie Nail Polish in 337 Waltz
  • Base + Top Coat

Step 1


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.

Step 2


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.

Step 3


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.

Step 4


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?

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