02 July 2012

Mani Monday: Accent Nail and Ombre Fail

I set out this evening to achieve the ombre manicure look I've seen done with a cosmetic sponge and a lovely gradient of colors (like the ones demonstrated here and here). 

I was all stoked and ready to show y'all a cool tutorial for how to do it yourself.  Unfortunately, this is what I ended up with:

I can't quite figure out what I did wrong.  The colors were too light and even when I saturated the cosmetic sponge with color, it didn't seem to make a difference.

For those of you who have tried this method, HELP!  What did I do wrong?  Maybe I needed a base coat.  Maybe I didn't move quickly enough and the polish dried out.  Maybe the makeup sponge is the wrong material.  Maybe I should've dabbed it more.  Boo.  Reminds me of one of my favorite nail polish "epic fail" moments.

So I cleaned off the mess and went for my tried-and-true accent nail.  This time I went with a different color on my index finger instead of my ring finger (like I've done before) and used a matte cobalt with a vivid chartreuse.  I love this color combo and bought these two colors together on purpose so I could combine them.

Linking up with Heather and Heather!


  1. Oh Boo..!! I tried this too once and same thing happened to me...doesn't seem to happen to other mani divas though so looking forward to reading the comments on this one and what advice you get :o) xx

  2. Base coats are def a must with ombre nails unless the polish is super opaque. A white base coat would've allowed those pinks to show up more. Although, I read that translucent colors don't work as well when doing ombre nails since you have to apply a lot of layers to see it. Essie has some awesome opaque light pinks.
    I love the accent nail!

    French Navy Vintage

  3. I just have to say, I loved the rhyming in your title. And that's a bummer that the ombre didn't turn out, but I love your accent nail mani! Simple and bright!

  4. OK I'm sooo glad I'm not the only one! I cannot seem to get the ombre to work! I use a white base but still not much luck!


  5. Aww sorry you had a tough time! I would cut down the sponge to the width of your nail so that you can easily blot the color, I would also start with a base color on your nail let it dry before doing the ombre effect, also you may need to add more polish to the sponge before applying. Hope this helps!

  6. Either way I like the new nails! I haven't tried ombre yet but I'm gonna have to soon! It's like a mystery I wanna solve. lol


  7. Trying is always half the battle! At least you tried :)

  8. I love that you posted the messy nail! but i do like the combo of these colors :)

  9. i've seen that ombre nail tutorial and it seems like you did it right (i've been dying to try it too) but hopefully you'll figure it out. love your color choices for the accent nail :)

    excited to be your newest follower!

  10. Yup, a coat of white polish will fix it! But I like the navy and lime mani, so pretty!!

  11. Love your choice of colors. I'm sorry that the first mani didn't work out! I'm sure once you figure it out it will look fantastic! Hope you have a fantastic day!

  12. The white base coat will definitely solve the problem!! I actually have a how-to on my blog about it if you want to check it out.

    Happy to be your newest follower <3


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