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Ombre Nail Art Tutorial: Florals and Dots and Gradients, Oh My!

I've designed a mix of florals, gradients and polka dots to create a funky summer ombre nail art tutorial that can be worn by anyone. Here's how to do it.

Rainbow Ombre Floral Nails

This ombre nail art look is a mix of designs, but I really like the combination of florals, gradients and polka dots. (I actually wore this design for almost a week, which says a lot about how much I like it. We nail artists rarely wear an effect for long.) Here's how to do it.

Rainbow Ombre Nail Tutorial Steps 1-2

1. Paint your nails with base colors. I used Graffiti Nails' Ice White, Avon's Orchid Splash, and Deborah Lippmann's Flowers in Her Hair.

2. Create a gradient. Paint two colors on a piece of paper. Use an orange stick to blend in the middle, push a makeup sponge into the effect and dab onto your nail—you may have to repeat this to build up opacity. The gradient colors I used were Barry M's Rose Hip and Deborah Lippmann's Spring Buds. As you can see, this will leave a mess on your skin, but don't worry, the next step will take care of that.

Rainbow Ombre Nail Tutorial Steps 3-4

3. Clean up your skin with a Q-tip and acetone. Add a topcoat to blend the gradient even more.

4. Using a dotting tool and a variety of different colors, apply dots to your nail. It's quicker to have all the colors on your palette at once. I used all the colors mentioned above, plus Deborah Lippmann's Build Me Up Buttercup.


5. You can also add roses to some of the nails to make this nail art design pop. To create the roses, I used a large dotting tool and Avon's Orchid Splash; then I used a thin nail art brush to create the center of the rose using Barry M's Rose Hip and the same brush to add leaves using W7's Pistachio. Finish off with a topcoat to seal in your nail art design!

Here's a Pin-able version with all the steps and a finished image:


For more nail art designs from Alice, go to One Nail to Rule Them All.

Alice Sanderson

Hi! I'm Alice, I'm 19 years old and I'm in my second year studying history at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. I've been doing nail art for about three years, having started in order to stop myself from biting my nails. I used to think of nails as a backup to my degree, but now I’m not so sure!

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