Ombré nails have been a consistent nail trend for years. The eye-catching nail design can be done a million ways, and it’s perfect for anyone who panics when it comes time to pick a color. How are we supposed to choose just one color and something other than The Office to watch?
Even better, ombré nails are the ‘fake it til you make it’ of the nail world. They look difficult to achieve, but are actually quite simple, and you can’t really mess them up. Except for that one time in 2018 that we won’t talk about.
An ombré manicure blends different colors to form lovely gradient nails. Each nail can have their own detail, or you can create an all-over look by painting each one a different color. Typically in shades that gradually change. Because that’s what gradient means. (Thanks, Webster.)
Ombré nail art designs look great with all nail shapes including coffin and ballerina nails, long and short nails, and every shade of nail polish you can imagine. To DIY, you’ll want a cosmetic wedge, at least two nail polish shades, and a how-to video. And a good episode from The Office to watch while your nails dry.
17 Ombre Nail Design Ideas
1. Purple Ombré Nails
Not quite ready to DIY an ombré design or head to the nail salon? Grab these nail wraps from PrettyFabNails. Perfect for when you’re too impatient to let the paint dry. Did you get them yet? How about now?
2. Neutral Ombré Press On Nails
These press-on nails by StayPressedbyLindsey prove you don’t need a ton of color to make a loud statement. You just need a megaphone.
3. Speckled Ombré Accent Nails
These yellow to orange ombré nails prove short nails are just as much fun, and it won’t take ten minutes to pick up something off the floor.
Are you a short nail type of gal? Well, don’t forget that you can get your nails at the length you desire 🧡
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4. Ombré Acrylic Nails
Give your nails a little something extra with a chrome finishing powder on top of your ombré white nails. It looks nicer on your nails than a scoop of guac.
5. French Manicure White Ombré Nails
Take French tips from the 2000s to the 2020s with this upgraded French ombré manicure like these by nail tech Aston Mac. It makes for a way better reboot than Fuller House.
6. Iridescent Rose Gold Ombre Nails
The fact that there is a fancy version of gold is wild, but these rose gold ombré nails by nail artist Mia make us feel at least 12 Bitcoins richer.
7. Orange Ombré Nails
To recreate this bold ombré, use Peacci nail lacquer in Fired Coral, Apricot, Flame, Peach, and Pumpkin. Or pick any of their other 500 shades of orange. When is that movie coming out?
8. Black Ombré Nails
May may created these ombré black nails to feed our forever emo souls. It wasn’t a phase, Mom!
9. Pink Ombré Nails
This nail design by Girl Power Beauty is perfect for a beach trip. Or for your third Mai Tai when you think you’re on a beach trip.
10. Teal & Orange Nails
These almond gel nails by Audrey will look great for anyone looking to spice things up this summer but misplaced the paprika.
11. Neon Ombré Nails
These colorful ombré nails by Andrea Storlie look like every hard seltzer box out there. Not that we’ve tried them all…
12. Cotton Candy Ombre Nails
These cotton candy nails by Jayda give off a vibe that says, “I’m sweet, but I occasionally stab myself trying to put in contacts.”
13. Pastel Ombré Nail Design
Imarni nails uses several EVO pastel shades to create this delightful ice cream fade. There’s nothing we love more than food-inspired nails. Next up, tacos!
14. Horizontal Ombré Nail Art
Mango Beauty UK mixes things up with this horizontal take on the ombré nail trend. Or is it vertical? What’s real anymore?
15. Yellow Ombré Nails
Give the Sun a little competition with nails like these by Sandra Giera. Mars takes on the winner.
16. Shades of Blue
Nail artist Amanda Sudół uses five different shades of blue from Semilac for this mani that’s perfect for a trip to the ocean. Or the blow-up pool in your backyard.
17. Hot Pink Ombré Nails
With this pink nail design from Steph Stone, you’ll be ready to take on the world with the confidence of Elle Woods, legal jargon and all. What, like it’s hard?
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