Fail: Ombre Nails

Pin Reaper: Francoise

Original Inspiration:

Pinterest Fail Ombre Nails inspiration

What I Did: I used Sally Hansen White On for a base and four colors of Revlon. The first press of the sponge barely transferred any nail polish. The second press removed what little had gone on the first time! I tried adding lots more nail polish including dabbing some directly on the nail, but by that point the new nail polish had softened the white base coat and you can see the result when I pressed with the sponge to blend.

My Result:
Pinterest Fail Ombre Nail result

Next Time I Will: My friend had more luck with only three colors and her polish brands were definitely thicker. I may try again with an eye-shadow applicator to sponge the polish on.

Pinterest Fail Ombre Nail storyboard


  1. Stephanie

    Make sure your base coat is SUPER dry. Use a makeup sponge, once you load up the sponge, tap it on a paper towel so it’s not gloppy, and very lightly tap the color on- it needs to be a gradual layering of incredibly light coats of sponged on color to end up smooth like the pin.

  2. Heather

    Those “inspiration” nails look really suspicious, almost photoshopped. At the very least, they were airbrushed.

  3. Beth See

    They had to have been. Those fingers don’t look natural at all.

  4. Rachel

    There are NO wrinkles in those inspiration fingers. It’s creepy.

  5. Simona

    The video that you watched has a really good example of how to do it. Stephanie’s explanation should work really well! Make sure the nail polish you put on the sponge to apply it doesn’t dry while putting other polish on it. You have to be fast and ready with everything.

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