Ombre Seaside Nailart Tutorial

Autumn may have officially kicked in, but what’s to stop you having summery nails? I was just remembering how excited I was when the first signs of summer were appearing and how much I longed to be on a beach, and so I thought I’d give you a tutorial for the seaside manicure I had back in June.

My friend and work colleague was about to celebrate her birthday and the theme was ‘black tie with a touch of sparkle’. The ancient adage ‘I had nothing to wear’ kept playing in my head and so I felt like the only solution was to honour the theme with some appropriate nailart.


I’d seen ombre nails appearing all over Instagram but was yet to try them. Thanks to Pinterest I’d found a brief explanation of how to create the gradual fade look and had soon purchased the recommended sponges (see Recommended Nailart Equipment).


For this manicure you’ll need a make up sponge, a base and top coat, a light blue or turquoise polish, a navy polish and also a gold glitter polish.


The colours I used were Eclectic, Urban and Sequins all by Revlon.

1. Prep your nails with a base coat.

2. Then paint two coats of your lighter colour.

3. Taking your sponge, paint a horizontal strip of your lighter colour near to the tip of it but not quite at the edge, followed by a horizontal strip of your darker colour right at the tip of the sponge so that there is a section where the two colours overlap.  Make sure you put your lighter colour on first so you don’t risk ruining its shade by using the brush to paint over the darker colour.

4. Dab the sponge on your nail, checking first that you are holding the sponge in such a way to ensure the gradient will appear the right way up. You will need to reapply the polishes to the sponge and dab it on each nail a few times so that the colours appear more vibrant.

5. Next, add some of your gold glitter nail varnish near to the cuticle to look like sand.

6. Finish with a layer of top coat and there you have it!  You will need to clean round the edges of your nail with a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover or with a nail corrector pen.

There you have an ombre tutorial. For a gradient tutorial, click here.

I hope you’ve found this helpful.  Give it a go and tag your photos @tillynailart so I can see how you get on.

I loved my seaside nailart manicure and thinking of it has me pining for the beach again…


My manicure went down brilliantly at the party and you’ll be pleased to know I even found something to wear!



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