Striped double ombre

I hate ombres.  I don’t know if I’ve ever said that on the blog before, but I really do not like them.  They can look pretty and all, but I find them to be a massive pain in the butt.  Ombre, however, was the final prompt for the NAIL April challenge and so I had to suck it up and do it.  I honestly should have stuck with a plain ombre, but I tried to make things interesting by doing two ombres in reverse directions.

So, I first did the shimmery/holo purple one with LynBDesigns From Night to Day, Darling Diva Gypsy, LynBDesigns Whimsically Inventive, LynBDesigns M’Lady’s Prerogative.  But I decided that Whimsically Inventive was just a tad too pink-toned, so I added a coat of Sweet Heart Polish Scarab Shells over top.  Then I laid down some striping tape and did the teal ombre with Essie Turquoise & Caicos, OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid, Barry M Kiwi, and Charming Charlie Color of the Year.






This would actually look pretty dang good if the purple base colors didn’t alter the color of a couple of the polishes (most notably Turquoise & Caicos).  There’s also the fact that my camera refused to take good pictures of this.  Every single polish color is off in the photos, even if only two were off in person.  I feel like a say something like this every time I use teal polishes in particular.  Oddly enough, the two that are least accurate in the photos were actually the two most unaffected by the purple bases in person.

Even if it’s not completely color accurate though, here’s an idea of what a plain ombre would have looked like if I had just stuck with it:


Much better in my opinion.  Thank God I don’t have to do these on a regular basis though.  The occasional challenge ombre is more than enough for me, thanks.

Anyway, this concludes the Nail Art Ideas Linkup April challenge!  The May prompts are already out, but I’ve decided not to do them this time around.  I’ve got other plans–nerdy plans–for the rest of the month, because I feel like I haven’t been doing much geeky nail art lately.


4 thoughts on “Striped double ombre

  1. If you want to improve the color accuracy in your pictures, you need to change the white balance settings on your camera. Every camera, even the most expensive ones, does a terrible job trying to accurately guess what the white balance settings should be and therefore constantly take pictures that have off coloring.
    The good news is that almost all cameras allow you to change this setting and customize it to make each picture come out with much better color accuracy. Either check your camera’s manual or do a Google search on how to change the white balance settings. You can use the default settings for daylight, cloudy, etc but these will still be off most of the time. Your best bet is to get a white balance card (they are very cheap and you can easily find good ones on Amazon in a variety of sizes) and use your camera’s custom white balance setting so that it knows what the white balance should be for the light you have in that time and location and your pictures will be much more accurate. You can even do this with your phone, although depending on the make, model and operating system, you may need an app.
    You can also print an 18% gray “white balance card” with your home printer to get an idea of how they work, but as soon as you can, you can purchase a real one as your printer will never print a completely accurate gray. And if all else fails, there’s always Photoshop or Picasa if you want to try a free photo editing program before you commit to buying one. It’s much easier to change the white balance and get a more accurate color with the full version of Photoshop, but it’s also expensive.
    Anyways, hopefully this info will help you in the future. Your nail art is beautiful and having better pictures will only help you to show it off more and be less frustrated in the process.

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    • Bit of a late response from me, but thanks so much for the advice! I’ve messed around with the settings of my camera before with no luck, so hopefully I’ll be able to try out your suggestions eventually. 🙂


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