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Ombre Colorblock, Geometric Nail Art Tutorial - Sally Hansen Review

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Sally Hansen Nail Polish Swatches - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Review

A way to rock the recent ombre and color blocking trends on your fingers
Mackenzie’s Notes:
I was inspired to create a color block ombre manicure due to all the recent fashion runway (and hair) trends for this upcoming summer season.  A ombre color block manicure is a lovely way of sporting bright colors in a soft way.  I had lots of fun creating this nail art, and I hope you try achieving an ombre effect yourself, as it is easy to recreate and the results are “oh so cool.”  I decided to use bright, complimentary Sally Hansen nail polish colors to achieve a vibrant color block.  The Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color are wonderful for nail art due to their opacity, pigmentation, quick dry formula, bold colors and their affordable price.  Sally Hansen polishes retail for approximately $3.99 a bottle at my local drugstore, and this allowed me to invest in lots of beautiful summer shades.  I’m gradually growing my Sally Hansen Collection as these polishes are hidden gems - great quality, lovely color choices, and affordable (who can turn that down!).
For this ombre color block nail art, you can change the colors however you wish, but keep in mind to use the same family of colors in your accents. Instead of the cheetah print, you can add lines, polka dots, or small cross marks depending on what look you’re going for. I will include a list of polishes and materials used as well as a tutorial below.  Hope you enjoy!
Materials used:
1. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polishes - Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow 360 Swatch, Sally Hansen Sun Kissed 150 Swatch, Sally Hansen Twisted Pink 240 Swatch, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac 270 Swatch, Sally Hansen Blue Me Away 130 Swatch (such lovely and cute names!).
2. Cosmetic sponge
3. Nail polish remover and Q tip
The complimentary colors contrast each other in a bold way - perfect for bright summer manicure
You can interchange the cool and warm colors as you like - same with the blocks of color and patterns, as this design welcomes spontaneity
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polishes: Mellow Yellow 360, Sun Kissed 150, Twisted Pink 240, Lacey Lilac 270, Blue Me Away 130  (left to right).  Be sure to view the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest for more color ideas!

Tips and tricks: How to Create an Ombre Nail Polish Effect 
Use a fine cosmetic makeup sponge to achieve the ombre nail effect - the finer the texture, the more seamless the blending. Have all your Sally Hansen polishes ready to go - in order and without the bottle caps on.  Layer your colors onto the sponge, slightly overlapping them - no need to be too careful as you’ll repeat this 3 times and any mistakes will be covered - the first time you apply the sponge, the colors will be faded.  As you continue on with a second application, the colors become more opaque - simply add polish to the stripes, then the sponge to the nail, and repeat until you are happy with the result. Roll your cosmetic sponge from left to right to lay down the color; ‘refill‘ the same spots with the same polishes and repeat over all the nails. Clean the stained area using a Qtip and top with your favorite topcoat to achieve a seamless ombre, color blocking effect!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Ombre Effect and Color Block

Sally Hansen has been hosting an awesome nail art contest where the winner gets a great prize - if you visit the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest page you can enter with your own design, vote on submissions, and just enjoy all the pretty manicures!

Reader’s Recommendations: What other trends would you like me to interpret as a manicure? I always tell my sister I want a nail art challenge so comment below with what I should try next.  Also, leave us your link if you try this ombre color block nail art!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06555886290978117587 Rachel Elizabeth

    These look amazing! You’ve definitely made me reconsider attempting ombré nails :)

    Rachel x
    so-she-dances.blogspot.co.uk

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      well why thank you! you should try it! I wasn’t sold at first but they really do turn out beautiful and have depth

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03251542600678299784 Rosemary sandiford

    really love this! I’m not sure I understand how to do it though. Do you mean you sponge roll 3 times? xxx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      Yes, we recommend doing it at least 3 times because it builds color opacity and improves the “ombre effect” thanks for your question - we edited the post to clarify!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03251542600678299784 Rosemary sandiford

      Thank you xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17203899757128581331 Betzy Carmona

    I love it

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      thanks Betzy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07919756557883927406 Sarah N

    Your nails look beautiful! It makes me want to take better care of my nails so I could pull of nail art!

    Great post :)
    Sarah xo
    Some Sparkle and Shine

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      thank you! they’re actually quite short haha, I recommend using cuticle oil for moisture and a strengthening base color!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14313904954648748058 nokhuthula nyoni

    These are amazing! Love the colours:)

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      Thank you, we did too - the colors remind us of sorbet!