6.16.2012

Make your own ombre set! [Tutorial]

Hi everyone!  Today I have a little tutorial to share with you!  If you liked yesterday's ombre mani look, you can make your own ombre set with your favorite color!  I did an ombre post [here] quite some time ago, and the principles are the same, but this time I actually mixed up mini bottles of each color so that I could wear the look again and again, because I'm hooked on it for summer!


To create your own ombre set, you will need just a few supplies, many of which you may already have on hand!  It was under $10 to get all of these new, and I still have about 3/4 bottle left of white, black and pink, as well as this ombre set that I can use over and over!

  • 5 mini polish bottles or empty polish bottles that have been cleaned out with acetone
  • Black nail polish.  I used about 1/4 bottle of Wet N Wild Wild Shine Black Creme.
  • White nail polish.  I used about 1/4 bottle of Wet N Wild Wild Shine French White.
  • Two bottles of the nail polish of your choice.  Here I am using Wet N Wild Wild Shine Lavender Creme.  I used about 1 1/4 bottles.
  • Paper towel or newspaper to protect your surface.


First, I covered my table with paper towel and numbered my bottles just to keep myself organized as I was mixing!  My mini bottles, which I purchased at my local beauty supply, had a steel shaker ball in them, which was extremely helpful when I was shaking them up!


I decided to start mixing my darker shades first.  To be honest, I wasn't sure if I'd want just one bottle that had black added to it or two (because your original shade doesn't really have to be your middle color...it could be #5 if you want, and you just add varying amounts of white to your other bottles...do you see what I mean?).  I added some black, and then filled the bottle the rest of the way up with Lavender Creme.



Then I started my white shades...


After lots of shaking up and swatching on my fingers, I decided that the first bottle I mixed up would be my darkest shade.  Bottles 2 and 4 were the most difficult to get the color right.  I poured some out and would add more/less black, white or pink until I was happy.  It got a bit messy!


Shake shake shake!!!  Ta-da!



To see my manicure with this set, see [this post]!  I feel like this is such a fun way to wear your favorite colors!  You could add some glitter to each one or even some clear polish to make your ombre set with a jelly formula!  If you like a bigger difference between your shades, you can just add more black and white!  It's 100% customizable.  I love the ombre set that I tried from The New Black, but I just kept thinking, I wish this color was darker or I wish this color wasn't shimmer etc, so it was fun to mix one up exactly as I wanted it!  My only suggestion is to buy cheap polish to do this with...I would want to go through 1.25 bottles of an expensive polish for this look, especially since I poured a lot out to get the colors exactly right!

What is your dream ombre set?!  If you make it, please share it with me on The Lacquerologist Facebook page or twitter @lacquerologist! =)

12 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! When I custom made my own ombre set a while ago..I used drops on wax paper...and then you have to worry about it drying up before you paint all your fingers. This way is much better!

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    1. Yay! If you make a set, make sure to send a photo my way! I wanna see it =)

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  2. This is fantastic! Thank you :o)

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  3. such a GREAT tutorial! Thanks for the tips! Although I have no idea where to get the little bottles?! lol

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    1. Thanks! I got mine at a local beauty supply store near me, thought maybe you could find them at a craft store?

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  4. Where do you get your empty bottles from? This is such a great idea!!

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    1. Thanks! I bought these bottles at a locally owned beauty supply near me. They have a variety of shapes and sizes of bottles. The ones I bought are minis and were less than $1 a piece. If you don't have a small beauty supply near you that is open to the public, you may be able to track them down at a craft store or something! Or just use old empty bottles from top coat or something you may have sitting around!

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  5. Great job! Thanks for doing this.

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  6. great idea! and how cute would that be to gift someone?

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  7. This is such a great idea!. I'm going to have to give it a go.

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