Nails of the Week: Light to dark - Nouchaline

Friday, February 10, 2012

Nails of the Week: Light to dark

Excuse the state of my nails :P

The ombre trend is definitely not limited to hair, I saw someone with ombre nails the other day (although it was from gray to black), they looked really cool, so I decided to give it a shot. I went with green because, well, I love green and had the right polishes for it. You obviously can try it out with different colors.

How to achieve this gradual look. It's actually pretty easy. You just need to have a little patience while waiting for the coats to dry.

Here's what you need:

  • A nude base coat (Sally Handsen Diamond Strength in Baguette Beige)
  • Two shades of the same color one  must be light the other darker (Light: Sinful Colors in Happy Ending 946. Dark: Seventeen in 524)
  • Top coat. 

1. Apply nude base coat, make sure it's a light coat.

2. Apply a very very thin coat of the light color.

3. Apply the darker shade in an almost upside down V form. The tips of the V should be around the middle of your nail. (It should be a straight line, if it's squiggly it would make the total transition more smooth)

4. Apply a line (think french tip) of the dark polish. This is to make sure that the top of the nail is definitely the darkest. Then slowly blend. (Not like it's eyeshadow, just put a little dot in the middle of the V and take it up to the top of the nail).

5. Apply a light coat of the lighter color, wait for everything to dry then go on and apply a top coat.

Tip  1: If you have a glitter of the color you have chosen, I suggest going over with it before you apply the top coat just to make the gradual color change more smooth (It'll hide your mistakes)

Tip 2: Make sure you wait until each coat dries fully. I got a little excited and impatient with my right hand and ended up messing it up :P


If you try it out or would like me to try out other nail designs, please share a photo on the facebook page :)


  1. This is awesome Aline! I am actually looking to try some new this is something I'll try once I can master painting all 10 fingers evenly and well! You guys never see my right hand on Sunday during nail of the week hehe!

  2. The idea of blended nail lacquer sounds great! I always end up being impatient and smearing it all though ^^°. Thanks for the tips though : ).

  3. Wow, this is so amazing!!! Great idea!!!

  4. I love that style its amazing!!!

    I will try that with blue colours

    xxx from stockholm

  5. this is really cute, the color is cool, looks like jade. Thanks for the step by step helpful tutorial!


  6. What a unique look! Thanks for sharing!

  7. this is amazing, i'm so impressed!! ah yes i think i would need to set aside a good few hours of an afternoon, with a movie to hand, in order to make me sit still & be patient with this!

    Katie x

  8. I tried this, I failed miserably :P It looks so good when u do it :P


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