I’ve wanted to try ombre nails for the longest time – for those of you not familiar with this term it’s where you paint each nail on your hand in a different shade of the same colour to form a light to dark gradient effect. Every time I tried to find 5 polishes to do this, I was never satisfied that they 100% coordinated so I would give up. After spending the best part of two days creating swatchicles for my most recent acquisitions (about 4 months worth of polishes…), I pulled out my entire collection to rearrange the colour groups and finally found five polishes I was satisfied with to create an ombre manicure.
So without further ado, I present my ombre manicure:
The colours I picked are:
- Thumb: Essence Trendsetter
- Index: Sally Hansen Fairy Teal (I spy a smurf nail situation in my near future here)
- Middle: Orly Viridian Vinyl
- Ring: Essie Turquoise and Caicos
- Pinky: Essie Absolutely Shore
I would have like a slightly better contrast between my index and middle nails, ideally I wanted to put Trendsetter on my index finger and go even darker on my thumb but I didn’t want to use black and all my really dark blues didn’t lean towards teal enough to coordinate.
In other news, I took this in overcast weather (for the first time ever) and I’m psyched that the colours are all accurate in the photo and my hand actually looks much more natural than normal. I think I still prefer sunlight for straight swatching to get the difference between sunlight and shade but I can put overcast days to use for nail art now at least. Also sorry if this looks a little awkward, I’m not used to trying to include my thumb in these photos.
Have you tried ombre nails before? What colour did you pick?