Guest Blog Post – Blue Ombre Nails

I don’t know about any one else but i’m always switching up my nail polish. No matter how lovely the colour looks or how long i’ve spent making them look nice, within a few days i’m bored and want something new. I’ve always liked nail art but spending hours on intricate details to remove it all a few days later seems silly!
This design is quick, easy and cheap(and did i mention really pretty too?!)
To get Gradient nails(or ombre as some might call it!), where the polish goes from light(less opaque) to dark(highly opaque) or dark to light(whichever you fancy) all you need is one nail polish. I’ve seen this done(and attempted it very badly) with multiple polishes but that’s where it starts getting a bit tricky!
When doing this with a single polish it’s best to use one that is thin and that isn’t very opaque. This allows us to create thin layers that we can gradually build up.
I chose Barry M’s Silver Sea. It’s a lovely silver ocean blue with a bit of glitter that really adds another dimension to the gradient. It’s perfect for the cold Winter season that’s coming up. It’s also a complete steal at only £2.99.
Seche Vite fast dry top coat, Barry M Silver Sea, Leighton Denny Sex Kitten.

The first step is to apply a very thin coat of polish onto bare nails. It doesn’t matter how thin it is as we’re going to build it up. It also doesn’t matter how messy the layers are as this won’t be noticeable once we’ve finished all the layers.
Bare in mind that my thumb and ring finger are already painted.
When this layer is nearly dry start slightly higher up the nail and apply another coat, still quite thin. 
Repeat step two higher up the nail again, making the coat slightly thicker
Apply another layer focusing on the top half of the nail.
Finally apply the last layer focusing right at the tip of the nail.
The tip should now be opaque and the colour should be gradually getting darker as it goes up the nail.
Once all the layers are applied, it’s important to let them dry before finally applying a top coat(I used Seche Vites fast dry top coat). If they’re not dry when you brush on the top coat it can smudge the polish and ruin the gradient effect.
It’s such a quick and easy way to create such a lovely effect. You can also do this technique over a base colour like i’ve done below on my thumb nail for a more subtle effect. Firstly apply the base colour, mine is Sex Kitten by Leighton Denny(From October’s Glossybox!) and then repeat the above steps on top of it when it’s dried.
Zoe, xo
About Todays Guest Blogger…
My name’s Zoe and my Blog is
I’m a 17 year old who makes too many impulse buys and spends far too much money on superficial things.
I’m very new to blogging but i’m already obsessed! My blog focuses on make up, current trends and shopping but occasionally something about fashion and style might pop up!


  1. 15 November, 2011 / 12:58 pm

    I've never tried this before, but now I'm already thinking of a million different polishes I could do this with haha.

    No doubt will be trying this shortly!

    – Allie x

    Allie UK Blog

  2. 15 November, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    I love the color!
    I actually order two Barry M: melba peach and mushroom! I can't wait to see how they look on my nails ^^

    Come and see my new blog if you want and join it like I do with yours!

  3. 16 November, 2011 / 1:18 pm

    I really want to try that top coat.. is it good? x

  4. 16 November, 2011 / 10:41 pm

    Yolandaas; Yes i think it's brilliant! dont know how i coped without it to be honest.

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