Super Easy DIY Ocean Inspired Ombre Nails

  I've been fascinated with the ocean ever since I was a young girl. It's common knowledge that 70 - 75% of the earth's surf...


I've been fascinated with the ocean ever since I was a young girl. It's common knowledge that 70 - 75% of the earth's surface is made up of the ocean yet somehow we find ourselves knowing more about the surface of the moon than about the depths of our seas. And there's something quite alluring about the mystique that surrounds the unknown, hence my fascination!

 One of the great things about the ocean is the variation in colours and shades: swirls of light blues and greens from the water and coral in some places; deep, dark, terrifying blues in others. So as a little beauty-based homage to our beautiful oceans, I decided to give Ombre Nails another go.



 L- R - Barry M Gelly Hi-shine Nail Paint in Guava, Barry M's Standard Nail Paint in Cyan Blue and Indigo.

Whilst Barry doesn't quite have that same mystique, he definitely doesn't disappoint either with his range of shades! The Gelly range has a number of unique colours with a super glossy finish. It's a shame the longevity is pants, else it'd be near perfect.

I forgot to include it in the picture, however I also used Barry M's Matt White as a base. I applied two coats of this stuff to make it opaque and left it to dry.


I purchased a cheap bath sponge at just under £1 and cut a small chunk of it out. The size doesn't really matter as long as it covers the whole nail. And by the way, once you've finished with it, it makes a great toy for kittens!


I applied a generous amount of each colour, lined up next to each other on the sponge. Then I began dabbing the sponge directly on to the nail, moving it up and down slightly to blend the colours into each other. Of course sponges have loads of tiny little bubbles in them, leaving the nails a little bumpy, so to iron out these bumps I applied two layers of top coat

At this point the nails will look messy as anything as the colours will have rubbed off onto your skin around the nails. I used to peel these bits off in the shower, but now I use an old eye-liner brush, dipped in nail polish remover and brush over the messy edges.




I have to admit that I'm not very good with nail art, but I'm really surprised how easy it is to ombre nails, and it looks so good!

Once I've finished with the bath sponge I'll most likely purchase a make-up sponge instead. I mean it's great and everything but I think the flatness of the make-up sponge will make the whole process even easier!

What to try next? 

I'm a fan of Astronomy too. Perhaps Galaxy nails? ;)

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  1. Ooh those are so pretty!i love ombré nails!ive got an ombré post coming up on my blog soon!yours look awesome!:)

    1. Thanks, Stef! Can't wait to see what yours looks like! :) xo

  2. You ARE good with nail art! It turned out beautiful. I love various shades of blue. Your rings are cool too. Fab job!

  3. Omg, they look amazing! I wish I was talented when it came to doing my nails but sadly I stick to 1 color and I can barely get that to look good lol.

  4. Ah this is so pretty! Been using this technique for a long time, it's brilliant! But never tried these colours together! so pretty x
    Maria xx

  5. That looks really cool!

  6. Love this :) I love how all the colours blend together and I can't get enough of blue polish for summer! Can't wait to see your galaxy nails!

  7. A sponge is how you do this?!?! And all this time I've been wasting my nail polish trying to achieve this look with the brush in the bottle! I'm going to have to try a sponge next time. I think this looks really cool and you did a really great job. I'm terrified of the ocean...

    Life of Mabel

  8. This looks awesome! I'm lucky if I paint my nails one color, much less ombre... but maybe I should branch out. Love your rings by the way!

    Eyeshadow Addicts Anonymous

  9. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW ^^ Love everything about this post!!!

  10. wow those are gorgeous nails! :) x

  11. Galaxy nails would be amazing! Fit my total galaxy obsession at the moment. :) I really like that your nail tutorial is actually do-able as well. I think I even have these colours! May give it a go. Thank you.

    Also, with you on the ocean. I love the sea, and always feel at home looking out over it and it looks beautiful in every weather, but I love the whole mystery feeling when the sea is foggy and it looks like you could step off the world.

  12. Halima, this is brilliant! I am useless when it comes to nail art, and that's no exaggeration... I just finished struggling to remove nailpolish, putting on even one colour is a challenge, never mind three. But this... this I might actually be able to do. And the results are stunning. Although I'm afraid of water, so I may go with a combination of reds and pinks ;)

  13. This is fantastic!! I love your nails, blue is my favourite colour :)) I will have to try this sometime. Looks far easier with the sponge too. Have a great weekend x

  14. I saw this post last night and was so excited to read how you did it because I'm having a family BBQ tomorrow and think painting my nails like this would be so sweet :) so thank you

    Katie xx

  15. LOVE <3
    I want to try these soon! I have tried to do these before but I always messed it up!
    your method looks alot easier.
    hareem x

  16. this looks wonderful, i once tried this with pink and red... it turned out terrible! Looked asthough someone had hammered all my fingers!!!! LOL! But in blue it does look beautiful! :) xx

  17. your aesthetic is amazing.

  18. Oh, well done, it looks fantastic!

  19. Incredible. I must try this. I adore ombré more and more every day.

  20. Those nails are everything so fab! Love it hun

  21. fab nails. i love the rings
    where are they from?

    Rachael x

  22. This looks awesome. I will definitely have to give it a go.

    Also I have to say your ring and your nails tie in so well together. :)

  23. Love ombre nails, haven't done it since last summer but this has inspired me to try it again. I made such a mess last time though! Ha.
    Mel xx

  24. Fab!! I switched to bath sponge as the make up sponges seemed to disintegrate quickly and I ended up with bits of them on my nail *boo hiss* Might just have been the brand I used though (Superdrugs own). Look forward to seeing more! :)

  25. Not good at nail art BUT you've done such a mesmerizing look, more more more..encoreeeeee!
    It's a messy job but so worth it, your nails are longer than mine now, my last long one broke this morning on my duvet lool xoxo

  26. Wow, love the mix of blue colors! Will definitely share this post to a friend who loves nail art. :)


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