Today I have called upon one of my talented blogging friends Maria to show off her amazing work. Staying true to Substance’s coastal aesthetic, Maria has created an amazing palm tree ombré nail tutorial for you! Click on through to see how you can recreate this look (easily) at home!

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Hello everybody ,

I’m Maria from SoNailicious, a beauty blog with a focus on nails from a fashion’s person perspective. Currently we’re located in Australia and I’m often inspired by the abundance of amazing colours in nature; sunsets in particular. So as you may have guessed by now, a beach sunset was the source of inspiration for today’s nail design. To be precise, it was dusk, when the sun has just set and filled the sky with vivid colour from below the horizon.

A beach sunset was the source of inspiration for today’s nail design

The good thing about this tutorial is that by learning how to do it, you’ll be able to re-create the popular ombré nail look and learn how to paint miniature palm trees. If doing three-color ombré look feels excessive, just go for two colours. And finally, if you don’t have the shades we used, you can any other colours you like as long as it looks like beach sunset, easy!

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The good thing about this tutorial is that by learning how to do it, you’ll be able to re-create the popular ombré nail look and learn how to paint miniature palm trees.

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You will need

Orly Nailtrition (base coat), Orly Soft White (base), for ombré – Dance Legend Baby Blue 343, Dance Legend Light Lilac 357 and Kester Black Blue Raspberry, ORLY Vinyl (black), Essie Good To Go top coat, detailing and angled nail art brushes.

How To:

  1. Paint 2 coats of white nail polish and let it dry for 10 minutes.
  2. Start creating gradient effect:
    – Paint stripes of nail polish as pictured on a makeup sponge. Don’t put too much nail polish on the sponge.
    – Dab the sponge on each nail. Don’t worry about the bumpy surface, you’ll smooth it later.
  3. Let the first layer of ombré dry for a couple of minutes and repeat steps 2 on all nails (do the second layer of ombré). If you still see some white patches on your nails, apply a third layer of ombré. Usually two applications are enough.
  4. Add a bit of blue nail polish at nail beds for a brighter gradient effect and clean up around cuticles with a cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover.
  5. Apply clear, quick drying top coat over your fresh ombré. A top coat will help to blend in the ombré effect and smooth the bumpy surface.
  6. While top coat* is drying, use an angled nail art brush to do a more thorough clean up around cuticles.
  7. Using a detailing nail art brush (or eyeliner makeup brush) paint the palms with polish. Paint the stems first and then the leaves. You can paint the palms on all nails or just one or two to create accent nails.
  8. Finally, apply one more layer of a clear, fast drying top coat* over your nail art. Done!

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Note: a top coat is essential for any manicure and particularly for ombré nails. The ombré effect will look much better with a top coat. So before you commence this project, please make sure there is a top coat in your stash and if not, get one. I recommend Essie Good To Go, it’s amazing and very easy to use!

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Hope you enjoyed our Beach Dusk Nail Art and learned a thing or two about doing your nails!

If you try this beach nail design Ally and I would love to see it! Use the tag #substancesonailicious.

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Have fun and stay polished!

Maria

Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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