Ombre metallic nails feature

With the spotlight on hologram nails this season, we decided to experiment with all things metallic and chrome – so you don’t have to! Whether you’re heading to a summer festival or glamorous night out, this unique take on the aesthetic is sure to get your claws noticed for all the right reasons.

Discover how to create stunning ombré metallic nails with our step-by-step guide:

Ombre metallic nails feature

What Will I Need to Achieve Ombré Metallic Nails?

  • White nail polish
  • 2 x metallic nail polish
  • Makeup sponge
  • Clear tape
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Step 1 – Apply a white base coat

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Apply a coat of white nail polish – this will maximise the shine of your next chosen metallic hues. Go for two coats for a bold, streak-free finish.

Step 2 – Cover nail fold with tape

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Using tape, cover any area near the nail bed that you would not want nail polish to transfer to.  We recommend using scotch tape here as it is easy to remove. Other methods include coating the skin with petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, to prevent staining.

Step 3 – Coat sponge with polish & apply

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Take a makeup sponge and coat with your chosen metallic nail polish. Do this a strip of colour at a time and overlap slightly to create an ombré effect. For example, do a large stripe of metallic blue followed by a stripe of metallic purple.  While the polish is still wet, pat the colour onto your chosen nail until the colour has transferred as desired.  

Step 4 – Apply a clear, glossy top coat

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Finish with a glossy, clear top coat to seal your look and prevent from chipping.