SUMMER WEEK! How To: Ombre Summer Sunset Nails

There's just something about a Summer Sunset. I knew a lady once who "collected" them and had a huge photo collection of sunsets around the world. I do the same thing but with videos of beaches I've been to. When I'm in the need of calm, I'll watch them. They're just 1 minute clips of the waves--that's it. Another thing I do to forget my cares is to paint my nails. This simple act allows me to focus instead on staying within the lines. But with this tutorial you don't have to do that. It's a bit messy and it all sort of blends together, like the ocean or sunset. This was the longest intro to a post, so without further ado, here are my Pink Ombre Summer Sunset Nails.

T O O L S:
  • white polish
  • 3 shades of polish (I used varying shades of pink)
  • sponge (I used a makeup sponge)
  • clear polish
  • polish remover for touch ups & makeup applicator
M E T H O D:
  • Paint your nails white--this is a must & allows the colors to show up. Paint another coat if necessary. Allow to dry fully!
  • Wet your sponge & squeeze out excess. This is important, as it prevents the sponge from sucking the polishes into it.
  • Apply paint to the sponge by painting stripes with the darkest shade at the top, then middle, and then the lightest shade at the bottom.
  • Press sponge onto nail. The sponge should be placed with the lightest shade hitting the nail bed, aka the bottom of your nail.
  • Remove sponge and then carefully dab over the nail to fill in any missing areas.
  • Apply a coat of clear and allow to dry. The clear polish will help blend the colors together and adds to the ombre/gradient effect.
  • Unless you cut the sponge to the exact size of your nails, you'll have excess paint on your skin. Just use the polish remover. That's it!

T I P S:
  • You will need to reapply polish to the sponge after every other nail, depending on thickness/quality of polish.
  • Use whatever 3 colors you like--neons, pastels, whatever, but no more than three.
  • If paint on your skin is cumbersome, apply tape around your nails before painting. Remove the tape and voila, clear skin.
  • Another way for application is to apply your paint stripes to a paper plate/cardboard/etc and dip the sponge into it before applying to nails.
  • Three key tips to remember: white base, dry nails, wet sponge.
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Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


  1. What a lovely an interesting effect that you've created, really looks pretty!

  2. these are great tips, e. thanks... i am really loving the way it looks. :)

    hope you have a great weekend! so glad we reconnected. :)


  3. Your nails look so sherberty! I think I'm going to try this one

  4. This is way cute...and simple!!! Looking around your blog - LOVE IT!

  5. ahh, just love your nails! and the idea of posts dedicated to summer week :]

  6. Oh aren't they pretty!?! Just love them. And you know how I feel about sunsets :) Have a good weekend, sweets and I'm sure I'll see you on Insta! xoxo

  7. sounds easy enough. Although I know when I try this my left hand is gonna look great and my right hand is gonna look like a train wreck.

  8. Wow, I love this! I seriously need to try out some of these looks!

  9. uuuummm, i´m so gonna have to try this! i just hope i´m not too clumsy! :-)

  10. Sunsets and waves are definitely beautiful things. Have a lovely weekend dear!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  11. Love sunsets too, although haven't had the time to really see one lately:( Anyhoo, another great tutorial!

  12. What a fun way to do nails. I'll have to try that.

  13. Excellent tutorial to follow dear. I may have time for a nice nail day this w/e. -xx

  14. you're so artistic, thanks for this tutorial! love it!

    It’s a GIRL Thing

  15. i would have NEVER thought to use a sponge in my manicures. so smart

  16. I'm loving the look of ombred nails. I definitely need to try them out myself.

  17. Such a great idea. I love the color combo. :o)


  18. LOVE!! definitely need to try this!

  19. ombre is all the rage!


  20. Very nice Elle! Ombre is so cool!

  21. Girl, you're so good at these things!!! I mean, I can only paint one hand's nails without making a mess. lol

  22. Great job. I have done this few times, I became obsessed with ombre nails!:)

  23. Ombre nails? Yes please!

    Pixel Hazard | Bright Green Laces |

  24. Hello there!

    What a great tutorial, I'll definitely be trying this out soon. Thanks for sharing :)

    Just found you through BBU Blog hop, now following.

    Hope you can take a minute to check out my blog?

    Laura xx

  25. Love this look!! Sunset on your fingertips for sure :)

    xo, Jersey Girl

    New follower from the Blog Hop :) Check out my blog if you get a chance hairsprayandhighheels.blogspot.com


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