DIY Ombre Nail Polish

I debated whether or not this was truly an “ombre” manicure because the fade from white to dark blue is so clunky. It looks more like tie dye or water color, but it’s super cute in person, and is technically a gradation from light to dark, so “ombre” it is!

SUPPLIES

  • A light polish (I used alpine matte by OPI)
  • A dark(er) polish (I used a blue by Sally Hansen that I affectionately named Bud Light Blue because it dries the EXACT same color as a Bud Light can)
  • A needle or q-tip with the fuzzy end cut off
  • A clear top coat polish

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Brace yourself for cleanup duty. This can get a little messy and gloopy, but that’s okay. Use a napkin with a small bit of nail polish remover on it to clean up the area around the nail when you’re done.
  2. Glob on the light polish on the bottom half of your nail and the dark polish on the top half. You want to put it on thick because you’ll only be doing one coat to achieve this ombre look, and you’ll want enough excess so that you can blend it in the middle of the nail.
  3. Using the blunt end (eye) of a needle or a q-tip with the fuzzy end cut off, blend the two polishes in the middle of the nail using the same motion you’d use if erasing a small spelling error (weird analogy, I know).
  4. Using your thumb nail on the other hand, clean up the excess polish around the nail. Go back with a napkin corner dipped in nail polish remover to get any remaining spillage.
  5. Once dry, cover with a clear top coat of polish and voila!—ombre(ish) nails!

I chose white as my primary polish because Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and nothing feels more summery than white nail polish against tan skin. Like I mentioned before, the blue polish I chose is the exact same color as a Bud Light can so…it was an obvious secondary color choice.

Enjoy this last day of long-weekend fun!

DIY Chevron Nails Tutorial

I recently learned what “chevron” meant. Seriously. Like one month ago my dense head figured out that zigzag patterns are called chevron. Not sure how I went through life with a shopping addiction and never put two and two together, but now I’m trying to incorporate this fancy new word into my daily vocabulary as much as possible. Queue the chevron manicure!

SUPPLIES

 

  • A primary polish (I used chinchilly by essie)
  • A secondary polish (I used alpine matte by OPI)
  • Nail Art pens (I used a white Sally Hansen one)
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Clear top-coat polish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Paint your nails. Let them completely dry.
  2. Cut a small piece of masking tape (or Scotch tape) in half, in a zigzag line. Stick the two pieces on to your nail in tandem, leaving a small gap between them.
  3. Paint the exposed part of your nail. Let dry (but not completely), and carefully remove the tape, leaving a zigzag line.
  4. Using the nail art pen, draw a thin zigzag below and above the original.
  5. Add a clear top coat. Let completely dry.
  6. Show off your chevron accent nail!

P.S. I’m already regretting admitting to you guys that I didn’t know what “chevron” meant…

DIY Tribal-Print Manicure

 

Three personal takeaways from this DIY:

  1. I need a camera lens for close-ups
  2. My hands are really, really awkward up close
  3. Attempting this DIY manicure while halfway through your second coffee-and-Bailey’s drink on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day will result in less-than-ideal tribal-print nails.

Anyway, I gave myself this green tribal-print manicure for St. Patrick’s Day (as I mentioned), but am just getting around to post the tutorial now. A one-month turnaround time? You go, girl, you go! It is however a fitting time for all things “green” because Earth Day is on Sunday. I love it when procrastination works in my favor!

SUPPLIES

  • A light-colored polish (I used Revlon’s Jaded)
  • A dark-colored polish (I used Sally Hansen’s Emerald City)
  • Nail Art pens (I used black and white Sally Hansen ones)
  • Masking tape
  • Patience
  • Sobriety

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Paint your nails in the lighter shade, two coats. Let them completely dry. Do a better job than I did.
  2. Cut masking tape in thin strips, triangles and whatever else your imagination dreams up. Stick it to your nails in varying patterns.
  3. Paint your nails in the darker color, two coats. Before nail polish has completely dried, remove masking tape carefully. The lines won’t be perfect, but don’t stress, you’ll touch them up with the nail art pens.
  4. Trace lines with nail art pens. Add decorative touches like dots, zigzags and whatever else works.
  5. Coat nails with a clear polish. Let completely dry.

Take a shower. I find that showering after recently painted nails have dried is a great way to clean up nail polish spills onto cuticles. And if your left hand’s skill level is anything like my left hand’s skill level, there will be a LOT of skin spills. Hey, coloring inside the lines isn’t always that easy, ok?