Ombré—the gradual fade from one color into another—is a technique that works so well with nail art. It allows us to wear multiple colors in a stunningly cohesive way and create visual interest with minimal effort. It’s especially fun for Christmas when we’re drawn to festive colors and designs.
“An ombré nail design comes in all shapes, shades, textures, colors, and themes and can look like a fade in or out from light to dark,” says nail artist Lise Pavich. “An ombré can be the background or the entire design.”
Nail artist Sharon Ladokun adds that there are lots of ways to achieve the look. “You can ombré vertically, horizontally, or even with more than two shades of the same color family,” she says. In order to do an ombré look on your own, you can use a makeup sponge or nail art brush to blend the colors where they meet to create a blurred look instead of a stark line.