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Would You Wear… Ombre Fingernail Polish?


Lauren Conrad with Ombre Nails
Lauren Conrad seen twice with ombre fingernails.  Photo Credit:  1, 2

If you read CF regularly, chances are you are pretty familiar with ombre hair and clothing. Long maxi dresses in graduated colors and two-tone hair have been seen all over college campuses, so let’s discuss the hottest new trend in ombre: fingernail polish.

If you are uninspired by your monochrome fingernails at the end of summer, the ombre look is a bold way to spice them up. The manicure consists of five different colored fingernail polishes – each a progression of the same shade from light to dark.

Ombre Nail Polish Examples
Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3

Lauren Conrad in particular has made ombre fingernails a buzzing topic around the internet, but are they a look you would consider painting on your own fingertips? While most college girls can’t afford to buy five different bottles of nail polish in only slightly-different tones, you can create this look for less by mixing a dark tone with increasing amounts of white polish.

What are your thoughts?

Will you try the ombre fingernail polish trend? What color would you choose for your ombre manicure? Which look above is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!

Posted on on August 16, 2011 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: ,

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41 Responses to “Would You Wear… Ombre Fingernail Polish?”

  1. 1
    August 16th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for this post! ‘m getting my nails done today and I’m totally gonna ask for this!

  2. 2
    August 16th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I love it!!I have so many ideas alredy!!!

  3. 3
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    It’s kind of cute I guess. Seems like a lot of work though!

  4. 4
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I love this idea! I may do this the next time I need to paint my nails!

  5. 5
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Just did this last week with all different shades of pink!

  6. 6
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    i have been doing this for a while! i think it’s super cute.

  7. 7
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I don’t have great nails. Actually, I’m not a huge fan of my hands, but I definitely love this look. I actually saw it on Lauren Conrad’s beauty blog too!

  8. 8
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    My sister painted my nails in the ombré style but did the gradient on each nail. I think it turned out neat. love the site!!

  9. 9
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I love this look!

  10. 10
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I love this look! The only problem is that you have to have a lot of colors to pull of this look and that can get costly. Especially when the colors are so close! I like variety in my polish collection so I don’t see myself spending 20 dollars to get several shades of the same color.

  11. 11
    August 16th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Definitely! I have lots of nail polish so I will be trying this several times :)

  12. 12
    August 16th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I love this!! I’ll definitely be trying this out with white nail polish- that is great advice!!


  13. 13
    August 16th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I love the ombre nail!

  14. 14
    August 16th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I tried this out with pink shades (ranging from rosy to white) and I think it looks pretty sweet. :)

  15. 15
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I tried this two weeks ago. I don’t think my colors were close enough, and tried to tie the theme together by lining the tip with my darkest color. I gave the look a 6/10, but I did receive many complements saying it was cool–so I guess it was a success!

  16. 16
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I love it! I would definitely do it if I had the time :-/

  17. 17
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I would wear it! In fact I do, right now. I used red since it was the only color I had five shades of. It worked out really nicely, I just wish my friends would have realized how pretty and trendy I was, haha.

  18. 18
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I would wear it, I think it’s fun! Gotta stock up on some nail polish tho…

  19. 19
    August 16th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I love this idea,thanks for giving me a good post.

  20. 20
    August 16th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS YES! I would SO wear the ombre nail polish thing! Its awesome!!!!

  21. 21
    August 16th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I did this for my prom last year and loved it!!!!

  22. 22
    August 16th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Oh now that’s just silly. But to each their own.

  23. 23
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    for everyone saying you need to get a lot of polish, no you don’t. just one dark color and mix with white, making it lighter every time!

  24. 24
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    LOVE this considering I love nail polish so much. Can’t believe I am just hearing about this now…def trying it next time I change polish :)

  25. 25
    August 17th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I love this – I wore it to a wedding and it was a show stopper..:)

  26. 26
    August 17th, 2011 at 1:47 am

    I was just thinking of doing this during the wkend

  27. 27
    August 17th, 2011 at 2:49 am

    love doing this when i dont want to wear monochrome colours :).

  28. 28
    August 17th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’ve been doing this for forever now. You can use 5 different polishes, can use a light and a dark and mix them to get middle colors or use 3 colors on the thumb, middle and pinky, mixing them to get the ring and pointer colors.

  29. 29
    August 17th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Love love love this look

  30. 30
    August 17th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    i really want to try this! It looks soo cute. i love this look.

  31. 31
    August 17th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I did it and it looks really great! I used different shades of green and light-blue, starting with revlon’s jaded ( then maybelline’s absinto ( and then three really cheap shades of light-blue that look like this ones: (haymarket milky shade green), (Slushled opaque turquoise blue and Havana Dreams -sheer pale sky blue).

  32. 32
    August 17th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I can’t believe I never thought of mixing in white polish to do this! I’ve been avoiding it because I thought I didn’t have the right colors.

  33. 33
    August 18th, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I have already tried this..i think its amazing!

  34. 34
    August 18th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Heck yes, I’ve been eying this trend since it arrived!!
    (P.s. Seoul, Korea is THE place for getting your nails done, I’m convinced!)

  35. 35
    August 20th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I LOVE this!! I love how every time you do it, it is completely different than the time before! Probably my new favorite thing!!

  36. 36
    August 21st, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I don’t really like all the different colors on each nail but did a post on ombre nails where they took a dark blue polish for about 1/3 of the nail starting from the cuticle and then took a lighter blue polish and dragged the dark blue down into the light blue. I painted my nails like that and got so many compliments<3 they were fabulous!

  37. 37
    August 31st, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Love the trend, but don’t like the strong association w/ L.C. I feel it’s a little late after reading this back in 2009… The source of my obsession:,,20337018_20292826_20648705,00.html

    But I still love the look

  38. 38
    September 27th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    oh Great Post. Thanks for sharing..

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