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! =)