Grey-Blue Ombre with Stamping

Grey-Blue Gradient with Stamping nail art

I’m officially obsessed with gradients! Moreover, I love the process of mixing nail polishes to achieve the right shade. It makes me feel so arty and creative. This time I combined two of my favourite techniques — Ombre and Stamping — to create simple and not boring nail art design.

How I did this

  1. Prepare your work-space to avoid unnecessary fuss later. You will need black and white nail polishes, any polish of your choice (just make sure it’s not too dark or too bright), a mixing palette (any plastic surface will do) and a spare brush from your old transparent nail polish.
  2. Apply one coat of the nail varnish of your choice on the middle finger. In this tutorial, I use L’Oreal: Color Riche — 607 Rue Montmartre.
  3. Now comes the fun part. Put a little bit of the nail polish on the palette and add some drops of white nail polish. I used Barbara Daly — Snow. Mix well with a spare brush and apply one coat on the index finger.
  4. Add some more white nail varnish to your mixture and apply it to your thumb.
  5. Repeat the procedure with the black nail polish to create a smooth gradient from the lightest shade of blue to the darkest. I used Rimmel: I Love Lasting Finish — 080 Black Cab. Be very careful with the black nail polish, because you will probably need fewer drops of it, in comparison to the white nail varnish.
  6. Let your nails dry, clean your working space and the brush.
  7. If you aren’t happy with the opacity with your mani (unfortunately, most probably won’t be), repeat the whole procedure and apply second coat. Never use your old mixture, because you will end up with annoying bubbling effect. Also, this is a great opportunity for you to adjust the shade of each nail, if you are not completely happy about it.
  8. Stamping time! In order to avoid smudging, I apply Sally Hansen: Insta-Dri — Anti-Chip Top Coat before I do stamping.
  9. In this nail design, I used B20 image plate and special stamping nail polish Konad: Special Polish — White. Then, carefully apply top coat once again.