The Best Way to Do French Ombre Nails with Gel Polish
The classic French tip is combined with an ombre-style gradient to produce a bright and blended effect. French ombre nails, also known as French fade or baby boomer nails, combine the classic French tip with an ombre-style gradient to create a bright, blended aesthetic. They’re perfect for weddings and holiday celebrations, and you may even add fun decorations like glitter or manicure sprinkles. This style is attractive, eye-catching, and simple to achieve, whether you use conventional or artificial nail paint.
French manicure has become a classic nail design because it looks good on nails of various shapes, widths, and lengths and has a classy and beautiful feel about it. Perfecting it may be difficult, but here are some pointers to help you master the art of painting French ombre nails that you will love.
Start With Trimming, Filing, and Cleaning the Nails
The first step to French ombre nails is to cut your nails to the length you want using your clippers. Then use a nail file to buff the tops of your nails. After that, soak your nails for 2-3 minutes in warm, soapy water before gently washing them with a nail brush. Finally, press your cuticles down toward your nail bed using a cuticle pusher or an orange stick.
Use a hand lotion to finish your manicure. However, nail polish will not adhere to the nails with lotion, so clean your nails with nail polish remover before painting them.
Choose the correct nail polishes to set yourself up for this nail design. You’ll need a semi-sheer beige or pink tint, as well as a full-opacity white polish, whether you’re using gel manicure or nail lacquer. You’ll obtain a smooth, even blend with a solid white tip if you use the correct polishes for the task.
Apply Neutral or Base Coats of Nail Polish
Using a neutral polish, apply two or more layers. Your primary color should be natural or pastel-colored nail polish. Apply a thin, equal coating to your nails with care. Allow time for it to dry before adding another coat. If required, repeat to make the color brighter.
Neutral or pastel hues, such as light pink, peach, beige, or blue, work well for French ombre nails. The fading effect looks more natural with lighter hues.
Use a Liquid Latex Tape
The next step is to use liquid latex tape, but before that, you need to keep your skin clean: For that,
- Wrap liquid latex tape around your nail.
- Apply a thin layer of liquid latex tape all-around your nail, all the way down to your top knuckle and around your fingertip.
- Allow the liquid tape to cure for 5-10 minutes or until it slightly hardens.
Liquid latex tape covers the flesh surrounding your nail and makes cleanup a breeze once you’re finished.
Apply Your Shades
If you’re painting your natural nails, start by applying and curing your base coat; if you’re wearing extensions, go straight to applying the nail polish. Apply your nude pink hue to your nail from the base to about halfway up the nail. Then, using your white polish and the brush, slowly push the white paint up to meet the nude on the remaining half of the nail.
Start with Blending
Take the nail brush and, for this style, ideally use one with tiny, wispy hairs to help you achieve the correct faded appearance; ombré brushes are available for this reason. To begin blending the color, carefully tap the transition line between the two tones with the brush. Cure this layer with the UV lamp. To get the perfect, attractive ombré look, repeat this process, applying your two tones and softly pressing your brush from side to side. Cure in the UV lamp.
Add the Transparent Layer
Use a slightly more translucent paint to apply a second nude layer on your nail. Just combine your nude hue with a clear top coat for a more translucent look. Apply this color about three-quarters of the way down your nail, then blend it out with your brush before curing.
Let the Nails Dry
Allow your nails to dry before removing the liquid latex tape. Allow 10-15 minutes for your nail to dry. It shouldn’t take long because the ombre layer isn’t very thick. Remove the liquid latex tape with a toothpick or a tiny brush once they’ve dried, and the ordinary tape with your hands. Dip a Q-tip or a nail brush into nail paint remover and brush it over the area to remove any polish that has gotten onto your skin.
Finish off With a Topcoat
Apply a layer of clear topcoat to the white of your nail, then a coating of translucent pink nude to the remainder of the nail, blending the two colors with your brush. Cure everything under your lamp, then top it off with your favorite glossy topcoat to seal it all in for a high-shine finish. After one last cure, your chic ombré French manicure is complete.
The Final Note
You may always explore a bit more to take your manicure to the next level. You might add crystals, stickers, or even a nail stamp for a unique finish. Also, use a glitter top coat to add a little glitz. You may even attempt this with a more dramatic hue to take things to the next level of creativity.