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Here we are it's officially Summer and a truly British one at that... Sun in sun out, sun in sun out, make up your mind! 
I'm craving a getaway so badly that the best I can do is slather on the bronze and give myself a mani that will my tan pop! 

So when you want something a little more snazzy than a standard lick of paint, 
but you can’t be bothered to spend hours on some fancy nail art, 
then an ombre/fade is the way to go!

It is actually really simple to do and looks so professional. Let's get started


White nail polish of your choosing (Personally find Models Own →White HyperGel ← in White Light is the best)

3 – 4 Pastel nail polishes. For a complimentary fade I have gone for mint green, duck egg blue, lilac and baby pink
AKA Models Own →Scented Fruit Pastels←  collection in Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffin, Grape Juice and Strawberry Tart
(You can also grab Models Own from Boots or Superdrug)

Sponge (makeup sponge, or any fine textured sponge will do. Grab a pack for £1 from Primark!)

Cotton buds soaked in nail varnish remover for clean-up

Top Coat to seal it all in (Sally Hanson's →Double Duty← is always a winner)

Camera to show everyone how you NAILED your mani (see what I did there…)


To make sure that those pastels truly pop, begin with a white base. 
I find Models Own Hyper Gel is one of the best White Nail Polishes I have ever used. 
Thick, rich texture and 2 coats gives great even coverage. 

When using a White polish I absolutely hate having to layer several gloopy coats of varnish before you can get rid of any patchiness! 
This is where the HyperGel has you covered, as even one thick coat of White Light is good to go.  


Once that base is dry, line up the polishes that you'll be using for your fade in order 
and make sure all of the lids are loose so that you can easily take each brush out quickly. 
Starting from the edge of the sponge layer a couple of thick even strokes of each colour, side by side across the sponge in a block. 
Ensure enough polish to cover a whole nail. 
The sponge soaks up the polish like a...well sponge! 
So you need to work quickly with the layering before it all dries out.


Once you've layered all of the colours in a block, (and whilst the polish is still wet) take the sponge and press lightly into the first nail. 
Now there will still be residue on the sponge to enable you to 'stipple and roll' the sponge 
onto any areas of the nail that the first application didn't cover. 
The rolling action will cover every side of the nail and the stipple will help blend the colours together into a gradual fade!
But try not to over do it! The sponge dries quickly and pressing down too much 
can leave lumps and bumps on the nail. 
So if it starts to dry out simply top up the colour block with more polish.  

2 coats of pastel block from your sponge will give the below effect. 
Want it darker? Simply add more layers until you achieve the shade you want!


Once you've successfully covered the first nail with your chosen colours, 
repeat on all of your other nails, making sure to 'refill' the sponge each time! 
Don't worry if the texture doesn't seem very smooth or sleek, that's what your top coat is for! 

The sponge application can get messy, so once you're done grab your cotton soaked bud 
and wipe around the edges of your nails for any necessary cleanup! 


To ensure that your ombre seamlessly blends into each shade, make sure to seal it all in with a Top Coat. 
Sally Hanson's Double Duty is durable and gives a fabulously smooth, glossy finish. 
Upon application there may be some bleed between the colours 
so make sure your nails are fully dry before adding the top coat. 

Now sit back and bask in the glory of your fabulous new mani!