Ice Cream Ombre Mani DIY

Ombre Nails I’m so excited about this mani tutorial! This is such an easy technique and a beautiful way to really up your nail game. You can choose to go with a monochromatic ombre look and pick three different shades of the same color, or create a swoon-worthy color melt effect by adding in different colors. Pastels look killer with this look and immediately had me craving sweets!

-three pastel colored polishes (I used colors from AILA Cosmetics.)
-polish remover
makeup sponges
small, stiff makeup brush
top coat

Step One: Using the lightest color of your ombre look, paint two coats on your nails and let it dry completely. For this look, I used a perfect light pink in Make Him Wait a Day by AILIA. I’m seriously obsessed with this color. One of the most beautiful pink nudes I’ve ever found! Btw, these polishes are 8-free, an incredible nontoxic option and impressive quality too!

Ombre Nails Step Two: Grab your makeup sponge and paint three stripes of color in the order you desire on the sponge. Since I wanted to go dark to light, I used Blue Lagoon for my blue base color, No Panty Wednesday (lol!) for my medium pink and Make Him Wait a Day for my lightest pink. When painting your stripes, I suggest letting them overlap just a little bit so the colors melt together. Also, don’t be stingy with the amount of polish you put on your sponge. Makeup sponges tend to really soak up the polish! I put about 2 heavy coats for each color on the sponge before applying to my nail.

Ombre Nails Step Three: Now for the fun part! Slowly roll the sponge over your nail to apply the colors. Repeat step two and three for each nail. If you want your ombre look to be more intense, let your nails dry and apply a second coat of ombre to each nail.

Oh, and please excuse my random short nail. #momlife 😉

Ombre Nails Ombre Nails Step Four: To clean everything up, dip your Q-tip in polish remover to remove the majority of the polish on your fingers. Afterward, use a small brush to clean up the details and get around your cuticles. This step makes everything look like you got your mani professionally done at a salon. The brush I love using is linked above in the supplies list, but you’ll just want to make sure you find something on the stiff side that’s small enough to get around your cuticles.

Ombre Nails Step Five: Apply a generous coat of top coat to your final look! The top coat completely transforms the look and helps the colors really melt together and look nice and shiny. I’m a firm believer in top coats. They always make my manis last twice as long or longer!

Ombre Nails Ombre Nails Ombre Nails I’ve already received several compliments on this look! I love how simple it is to achieve and how many beautiful color combos you can do. If you’re feeling really sassy, you could even go for an epic ombre fade and use several shades of the same color. Wouldn’t a lilac to deep purple be beautiful?

I hope you’re inspired for your next mani night! Lots of love, Sav.

Credits//Author: Savannah Wallace. Photography: Isabel Jones

  • I absolutely adore this idea definitely going to be recreating it!

  • The effect is so beautiful! I’m so bad with nails but this looks like it makes it easier haha x

    Erin |

  • You can put vaseline on your skin around your nails before you paint them, and when they’re dry all you have to do is wipe off the vaseline!

  • You can also purchase a liquid latex tape – like Simply Peel or one from Pueen – that you can paint on around your nails to make cleanup even easier. 🙂

  • This is super cute! I love the idea of ombre nails, especially when inspired by one of my favorite desserts. 🙂


  • This DIY looks so fun! I love the idea of doing an ombre fade. Maybe I’ll give that a try, but the ice cream diy is cute as well!


  • I wish I was able to do this! I can’t even paint my nails a solid color well – my hands get too shaky T-T

  • Aw this looks so cute, yet so easy too! I must try this:)

  • Love anything ombre! I love the colors of this nail art! It’s perfect for the summer!

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