Ombre nails with striped feature nail

Tuesday, March 15th 2016 Nails

ombre with striping nail art the beauty context - lena talks beauty

Hi,  I’m Marleen from The Beauty Context and today I’m guest posting about ombre nails while Lena is busy unpacking in her new house.

I am nail obsessed! I stalk nails on Instagram, drool over nail polish stands in store, and occasionally I attempt doing my own nails. Sometimes I have huge plans for them, intricate patterns and designs which more often than not, leave me with smudge nails and a whole lot of frustration. So today I thought I would share with you an easy nail look that anyone can do.

This nail looks is a simple ombre nail with line details on the index feature nail. It might look difficult but it is fairly simple once you know how to do it.

So how do you create this nail look?

You will need:

  • base coat and top coat
  • nail polish of your choice – in this look, Sally Hansen Onyx Rush (black) and Wet Cement (grey)
  • liquid latex (optional)
  • nail striping tape or thinly cut sellotape
  • sponge
  • nail polish remover or pure acetone + cotton buds or small brush

Step 1: Paint your nails with a clear base coat. This step is so important; it makes nail polish go on easier, and gives a smoother finish.

Step 2: Choose your nail colour. I went for a concrete grey colour because I love grey nails but any colour will work. Paint your nails with at least two coats of this colour

Step 3: Wait for your nails to completely dry

Ombre nails with striped feature nail the beauty context - lena talks beauty

Step 4: Use a nail polish latex to paint on the skin around your nail (this will make cleaning up later a breeze)

Step 5:  Place strips on your nails where you want the grey colour to show through. I use nail tape but thinly cut sellotape should do the trick as well.  Press down and make sure its sticking the nail without any air pockets.

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Step 6: Grab a sponge and use the colour you chose in step 2 to paint half the sponge, paint the other half black. Make sure the sponge is really wet with the nail polish.

Step 7: Carefully press the sponge over your nail, then go over the nail again dabbing the sponge over the nail until you achieve an ombre look you are happy with.

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Step 8: Peel off the stickers, and the latex, and clean up around your nails with nail polish remover

Step 9: Finish with a top coat.

Voila! There you have it. A nail look that doesn’t need a whole heap of nail equipment and a nail look that can be easily changed.

ombre with striping nail art the beauty context - lena talks beauty

Thanks Marleen! This looks great – so much better than any of my attempts at gradients! 

If you enjoyed this tutorial you can check out her blog The Beauty Context as well as following her on Facebook and Instagram

I hope I can be back to my normal posting schedule soon, once I’ve got my new place in order. Lena xx




  • Thanks for share with us. And your nails are looking amazing.

  • Artemis

    Blog looks great! Awesome tutorial too, I’ll have to have a go at this.


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