May 12, 2011

Trend to Try: Ombre Nails

I've been thinking about ombre nails for a while but have yet to try until I saw Lauren Conrad rocking them from a red to pink gradation of color.  I thought her manicure looked so cute, especially paired with her floral frock, so I attempted to try out this new nail trend myself!


I decided to go with a purple to lilac gradation of color since I already had a few colors stashed in my nail polish collection that I had yet to try.  Here are the colors I chose (from left to right:  2 Ulta3 Colors; OPI "Do You Lilac Me"; Essie "Lilacism"; and Essie "Main Squeeze").


And this is the result I achieved.  The hardest part is finding the best colors that will give a soft gradation on the color wheel rather than one that is harsh or jumpy.  Nail polishes also have a tendency to look different in the bottle than they do on your nails, so you may want to test them before buying/painting.  Bottom line, ombre nails are a fun trend to try, and look especially cute when paired with a a coordinating outfit, such as Lauren Conrad did.  What are your thoughts on the ombre nail trend?  Is this something you would want to try?

70 comments:

Rissy said...

I hadn't even seen this trend until now! I love it... that is so cute. I think a lot of nail things end up looking tacky, but this just looks fun and cute!

CarissaExplainsItAll

Jello said...

very pretty!

Meagghi said...

LOVE!!!

TheOtherSideofCool said...

I'd never even heard of this but it looks super cute on Lauren. Love your purple choices! xx

jessie said...

That is so cute! Love, love, love. I'm going to have to try this. I haven't seen it until now!
xo,
Jessie

http://sweetlilsomethings.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

I think it's really cute! I've also seen color blocked nails, with one hand different from the other. It looked fun. Good idea!

Alexandria said...

I absolutely adore it! Lauren Conrad always gives me awesome ideas on things to try and styles to rock :)

Melody said...

I just saw a picture of Ombre Nails yesterday for the first time and was thinking of trying it! Really Cute!

L said...

My first thought is: junior high. But this could be one of those trends that grows on me. Unfortunately I probably couldn’t pull it off in my conservative work environment.

Holly said...

I must be living under a rock because I had not seen this trend yet! As obsessed as I am with nail polishes, I'm surprised I haven't done this yet!

It looks super cute on LC & on YOU, too! I love the colors that you picked!

Stevie Leigh said...

LOVE IT. I'm going to try this with for my college senior formal on saturday!

Dawn said...

i just did this yesterday in all shades of pink. fun fun

e.day said...

so pretty! definitely doing this for my graduation nails. i'm excited. and pink will go perfectly with my red dress!

yours looks great!

Gentri said...

I actually like it I think! Definitely something I want to try! I was going to paint my nails today anyways. :)

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

ahhh this is so cute what an awesome idea!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Andrea Neudorf said...

Beautiful! Love the colors you chose:)

the classy turtle ♥ said...

Love it! I think it looks good...I love purple nails!


xoxo The Classy Turtle

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

what a fun trend! loving the purple tones. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Sara B said...

I have definitely thought about trying it, I have about 5 different pictures of it on one of my pinterest boards haha. I'll probably try pink since I have so many of them! Yours look great!

Michelle said...

Love it! Esp bc it's purple!

Sara Shoemaker said...

I've been seeing this around but have been unsure as well. You totally work it! Great color choices :)


House of Shoes

Michelle (michabella) said...

I have not seen this trend!!! LOVE IT!!!! <3

Rachael said...

I just recently heard of this trend, and I'm loving it! I just need to get myself some nail polish!

kristin {ten scenic drive} said...

I love the ombre look on nails, it is so fun for spring! Can't wait to try it, your purple looks great!
xxkristin

Jenae @ Wildflower said...

Haven't heard of this trend! but its a super cute idea!! I think i might try it this weekend for date night!

Laura said...

I have just started seeing this all over the blogosphere and I definitely want to try it! I especially like the idea of tailoring it to a specific outfit, like LC did with florals.

silvergirl said...

okay so i climbed out from under my rock and just learned about this trend
very cute, but looks hard to pull off because like you said the graduation part is tricky
will have to peruse the polishes and see what i can come up with
brett

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

Absolutely!! I'm loving it!! The purple hues are fabulous!!! I think a kelly green to a mint would be pretty awesome too! I think that'll be my first try at it!

Kitty and Britty said...

I LOVE IT!
SO going to Ulta this weekend :)

katielizabethawkes said...

i am obsessed! i am going to do this asap! well, as soon as my current lime green wears off...

www.katielizabethawkes.blogspot.com

Bailey Schneider said...

Love the idea... but I think I would get bored quickly! Haha!
Definitely something I have to try... who knows? I could love it more than I realize!

Thanks for sharing
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

SIENA.STYLE said...

i love it!!!will try it!
http://sienastyle.blogspot.com

The Style Dossier said...

YES!! I will for sure be trying this, and I love the purple its so chic!!

Amanda* said...

Awesome idea!! I love the purple :) Check out my blog--there's a little something for you! :)

Sasha said...

Wow! I haven't heard about that trend yet! Such an interesting decision!
xo

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

oh.me.gee. gotta try this one! i'm so bored with matched nails, that lately i've painted a thumb or a pinky with a contrasted color. so i'm loving this one!!!

MissTexidor said...

I love thisssss!!! I am soooooo excited to try this.. Thanksssss

Lili said...

Interesting... And I like your colors better than hers ^^ But at first I thought the ombre effect was within each nail. Now that would look cool in the right colors, but would require some artistic skill ^^

Relatable Style

Erin said...

I'm a nail polish addict, and I love this idea!

Michelle Porth said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely going to have to try this!

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CMae said...

Eeek I think I'll be your only opposing view on this...I'd say this is a trend I'd skip. :(

Kristin said...

Just recently started following you and am loving your blog!! I've never seen this before I want to try it out asap:)
Xo, Kristin
www.myfashionandfood.blogspot.com

sharonlei said...

I do my own nails (and nailart) all the time and have never thought to do this!! I'll definitely be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing hun!

xx Love & Aloha

Inna xoxo said...

Ohhhh! Im deff giving this a try!
xoxo Inna :)
My Bloggie!

Jo said...

I love the sound of this idea! I'll definitely have to try it!

x
www.lostinthehaze.com

Stephanie and Such said...

OBSESSED!!! The Lilacs are SO PRETTY!!


Stephanie&Such

Lindsay said...

I've never heard of this! I love the way it looks, just not sure if I'd be brave enough to try it...

Melina said...

love it!!
xx

Yajaira said...

i like the lighter color

Fierce Fabulous Fit said...

Hmmm... I hadn't thought of trying this, and I'm still not sure if I will or not, but LC nailed it and so did you!! :)


Krys
Fierce|Fabulous|Fit
@FierceFabFit

Brittany-Trends250 said...

i don't think this is something i could pull off, but it looks cute!

Claire M. said...

I want to try it! I love the color :)

Claire M.

La Bonne Sante said...

This is so creative! I love this idea- now I just need a colorful outfit for my nails to go with.

Your blog is adorable...just came across it and can't wait to read more!

Amanda said...

I love this! I would never have even thought of this.

Newest follower :)

Roberta said...

WOW!!! :D great idea!!!
http://traveloguewithlove.blogspot.com/

Meg said...

Oh wow, I haven't seen this before! I love Lauren's version with a floral dress - so cute! I may have to try this out myself :)

MEGAN LAND
xx

LuLu said...

I feel like such a loser for never hearing of this trend, but I love the idea of it! Just got a mani (and managed to ruin it seconds after walking about the salon), so this idea maybe be safer at home :)

A Candid Life

MJ {The Honeypie Archives} said...

ooooh VERY cool. I am definitely going to try this soon. I just painted my nails today--- but when they start to chip I'm trying ombre nails... woohoo! Thanks for sharing!

Carlinn said...

I tried these today and mentioned you in my post about it xx http://www.superficialgirls.com/2011/05/look-of-day-wild-thing.html

Elle said...

I saw that picture of lauren the other day too! totally cute!

Lena said...

I've tried this a couple of times, but yes I find it hard to find the right shades to use so that it makes sense. Sometimes one shade of lilac will have too much pink, the next shade will have too much grey. Another might have too much blue. It's much too complicated for me, when all I want to do is just paint my nails. lol :)

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