Super Easy Ombre “Dipped” Nail Polish

I have been falling back in love with nail polish lately.  I don’t know if it’s because winter is hanging around and I am desperately craving brightness and sunshine, but a pop of color or bold pattern on my nails has really been uplifting my mood.   Unfortunately, it’s not in my budget to have my nails done professionally.  This doesn’t mean I need to have boring nails.  I’ve been playing around with simple painting techniques and patterns that I can do in minutes and still provide that “wow” factor.  The one thing I hate about painted nails is when they start to chip!  For me, the secret to preventing this and getting that professional look has been to apply several coats of a good clear top coat.  I also reapply it every few days to keep my nail polish looking shiny and chip-free all week long.  (This is the one  I am using right now: Defy & Inspire Over the Top.)

Here is a simple and colorful ombre “dipped” effect you can try out to add a little brightness and fun to your week.  I can’t wait to try it out in different colors!

What You Will Need:

  • 3 nail polishes in the same color family
  • Clear base coat
  • Clear top coat

  • Start with a base coat of the lightest color.
  • Don’t let it dry!

  • Paint the next layer directly on the wet nail using the medium color shade
  • Brush the color half way down the nail in three uneven strokes
  • Let it dry.

  • Brush the darkest color on the tip of the nail in 3 slightly uneven strokes. The paint should extend about half way down the medium color.

Voila! Ombre “dipped” nails in minutes!! Now add 2 coats of your favorite top coat and you are good to go!

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