The Ombre effect

The Ombre effect is a nail art look that has been around for a while. It can be created with a spray, brush or sponge. But what are people’s preferences?

Nail artists, whether professional or DIY’ers search all kinds of social media to find the best techniques. I have tried several with reasonable results. However, the one tool I have found the best is Magnetic’s Ombre brush. It has been designed for Ombre in mind; has two lengths of bristles which allows some gel fluid to pass through. Seriously, this tool helps!!

The best gel polish?

Finding the right gel polish can be challenging.

Try to use a gel polish with a thin viscosity (thickness) and a low evaporation rate.

Hybrid gel polishes can evaporate quickly, leaving your Ombre more of a smudge than a fade!! So practice, practice, practice with those.

Pure gels will give you the time that you need to get the look you want because of very slow evaporation. You will feel less panicked!!

How about colours?

Colours that contrast or are opposite each other on a colour wheel are more powerful, like in the picture above. Check out a colour wheel to get an understanding of what I mean.

Use harmonising colours to create a stunning but subtle or chic look. Nude and white are perfect for bridal. Or matching two colours to an outfit would be beautiful. Imagine how impressed your clients would be if you could do that for them.

What to charge?

Charge your worth, do not do it for free! If you have spent time and money on educating yourself, you have to reap the rewards of your investment. The Ombre technique does take a little more time because of several layers of work with the gel polish.

Generally, when you offer an extra covering over your gel polish e.g. glitter, chrome or foil my recommendation would be approximately a £1.00 per nail if you are doing a full set. Or £2.00 – £3.00 for individual, accent nails.

Remember, practice the technique to help you speed up and get a feel of how your gel polishes blend together and the best colour combinations.

So, I hope you found this helpful. Check out an my tutorial on YouTube to see the Ombre brush in action. Oh and while you are there please subscribe and let me know what you think.

If you would like to attend a Basic Nail Art course where I will teach you how to do Ombre and much more, then take a look at the courses happening in Worcestershire, West Midlands.

Happy painting!

Wendy