Guest post: how to ombré nails

The lovely Helena is guest posting for me today, with a fab tutorial for ombré nails. I will definitely be trying this out myself! Over to you Helena...

Hey everyone! I’m Helena from The Edge of Beauty. Kat has kindly let me guest post on her blog today, so that I can share with all of you beautiful people how I do my ombré nails. So a huge thanks goes out to you Kat for having me on Tales of a Pale Face.

I learnt this ombré method from an amazing beauty guru on YouTube called Amarixe. You can find her video on how to create this look here.

All you need to have to recreate what I’m doing here is shown in the picture below.

Ombre nails tutorial

You will need:
Tape, Scissors, Sponges, 3 Nail Polishes, and 1 Top Coat.
Optional extras include Q Tips and Nail Varnish Remover.

Ombre nails tutorial adding sellotape

First I start off by applying tape around the edges of my nails to help make the tidying process later a lot quicker. Obviously the sponge will get polish on the sides of your nails too, so it is important to prevent that from transferring onto the skin, as this can ruin the look you’re trying to achieve.

Following this step, I will trim the sponge to the size of my thumbnail, which helps to make sure there is as little mess as possible.

Ombre nails tutorial polish choices

I then go ahead and choose the polishes that I want to use to create my ombré look. If you pick colours that are too similar it will be hard to see the ombré effect, so it’s nice to pick a reasonable contrast. It’s also a lot easier to use three colours instead of two as I find that the final gradient is a lot smoother.

Ombre nails tutorial polish choices

I have picked two Ciaté polishes that I got from my Ciaté Advent Calendar last year and one that I received in a beauty box. Hopefully some of you will have these colours so that you can recreate this look. However you can pick whatever colours you would like, so definitely feel free to get creative J

Left to right:

Ombre nails tutorial step 1

Now you need to start painting the polish onto the sponge in stages. Start with the colour you want at the base of your nail near the cuticle. Mine is the baby pink shade (Cutie Pie). Make sure that there is plenty of polish on the sponge as it can sometimes soak up the product and leave you with nothing to transfer onto the nail later on.

Ombre nails tutorial step 2

Now you can apply your middle colour, which is my coral polish (Speed Dial). Make sure that this joins to your first shade and try to keep all amounts equal on the sponge.

Ombre nails tutorial step 3

Finally you can add your last colour, which is the bronze shade for me.

After you are happy with how your sponge looks, just turn it over and press it onto your nail. You may need to do this a few times, stippling up and down the nail slightly to create an effect your happy with.

Repeat this on all of your nails and apply a topcoat to seal the deal. You can then peel off your tape and remove any excess polish around the edge of your nail with a Q Tip.

Ombre nails tutorial finished result

And you should be left with something that looks a little like this!

I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that you go ahead and recreate this ombré nail look yourself. If you do, I’d love to see it. Definitely tweet me a picture @edgeofbeauty7 or Instagram it using the hash tag #edgeofbeautyombre and I will be sure to check them out and if I get enough I will create a post with all your photos on my blog.

Thanks so much for reading this post and a huge thank you again to Kat for letting me guest post. It’s been so much fun. If you would like to see more beauty posts and perhaps some fashion and baking ones too, you can head over to my blog where I post new reviews daily J

I hope to see you over there soon.
Speak to you later!

Helena xxo



  1. This looks amazing. Going to have to try this out x

    1. Cheers hun. I'd love to see it :) If you do, definitely take a picture and tweet me with it :) xxo

  2. Looks amazing and fab tip about cellotape xx


    1. Glad you like it. Yeah, the cellotape is a saviour! xxo

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    1. Yay :) Love that people are going to give this a go. Definitely tweet me a picture if you do, or instagram me - edgeofbeauty xxo

  4. Wow, thanks for sharing! This looks lovely and almost simple enough for a clumsy person like me to do! :)

    Lyndsay xx

    1. I'm so clumsy so it's definitely a winner. Super quick and simple :) xxo

  5. Great tutorial! Will get myself some sponges and try this at some point xx

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