My Ombré Nail Fail

Nail art has been around a while, but I haven't really taken part in the trend. I've always been a bit colour shy when it comes to my nails, preferring clear polish, neutral colours, a french manicure, or the occasional blast of vampire red or navy if the occasion suits. I have on occasion tried those nail art stickers, which are fabulous, but most of the time I leave the fancy stuff to the professionals. But the ombré nail trend kept popping up in magazines and on the internet, and I became intrigued. So one evening, armed with a little free time and the instant know-how of the internet,  I tried my hand at it.

Let's just say my ombré nail attempt fell about as flat as Wile E. Coyote splatting against the ubiquitous cliffside. As it turns out, I suck at nail art. A lot of it probably had to do with my colour story choice. I went with three colours (already biting off more than I could chew), when I really only should have used two. My three colours were amazing together (so I thought), a bright lemon yellow, a bright coral, and a deep vixen-like red.

What I did not take into account was the effect of the order of the colours. I started with the yellow colour over the inner crescent and gradually moved on to the darker coral and then deep red as the colour gradient moved towards the fingertips. I thought the effect would look like a tequila sunrise. What it actually looked like was far more disturbing. Those blood red nail tips looked like I had just eaten a half-rack of ribs at the Walking Dead Buffet, and was just waiting for the finger bowl to come so that I could wash up.  Seriously, it was the full-on Lady Macbeth. My shoddy workmanship and inability to wait for any single coat of polish to dry also gave it a kind of speckled appearance…the kind of splatter pattern that anyone who has ever watched an episode of CSI would recognise as the result of blunt force trauma. Had I left the house with these nails, people would have started asking where I hid the bodies.

So. There it is. I suck at nail art. Anyone here had better luck with ombré nails?

Make it happen. If you dare. 


  1. Ahh, thanks for sharing this! My nail art attempts are perfect -- in my mind only. I must leave the "art" part to the professionals and stick to solid colors, within the lines : >

  2. "half-rack of ribs at the Walking Dead Buffet" hahaha You crack me up. I like a nice deep red manicure, but it only lasts for about half a day. I'm hard on my hands and nails and it shows.

  3. I just do not have the talent to do left to the professionals. But I loved your line about Wile E. Coyote! Sometimes, I feel like him when I am attempting something out of my comfort zone. At least you tried! Good for you...I really love the nails in the top left picture...I would pay someone to do that!

  4. I admit, nail art is a trend I have and will completely skip. I prefer light, nude nails on a daily basis and only for special occasions I use a colour in the classic range from rosé to a darker red. No green, no blue, no glitter, not even the logo of my Liverpool FC ;-)
    I am very conservative when it comes to nails! Essie's "Beam Up" is my all time favourite.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  5. You Slay me!

    I have quite a few polishes in what I consider wild n crazy colors, chiefly blues and greens. But most of the time I'm wearing OPI's Barefoot in Barcelona or Essie's Mademoiselle, with side excursions into the search for the perfect red or metallic. I have so much trouble getting a single color on straight that I would never, ever attempt >1. I can't even do a decent pale French manicure. I salute your bravery even if it didn't turn out as well as hoped.



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