DIY: Ombre Sparkle Manicure
Friday, February 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM | Vanessa Mancos
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All of you fashion forward peeps out there plan your daily look to a T; staying stylish is your game, and you love hearing about the upcoming trends. That's why we've provided you with the latest look in a simple step-by-step DIY project. Time to get crafty, ladies!

One of the hottest nail trends for this Spring is the ombre manicure. You've seen ombre dresses, hair, shirts, jeans, hair, even handbags, so why not try it out on your nails? It's all about incorporating different shade gradations of the same color, beginning with dark and subtly transitioning into light. While the black and red or black and blue ombre manicure was a big hit this past winter, Spring puts a great twist on the style with bright polish and the addition of sparkles.

To make this look suitable in the upcoming months, select a polish in a lighter shade. We're fans of Essie's "Lilacism," "Lovie Dovie," and "Braziliant." You will also need a sparkly/glitter polish and topcoat to finish the look.

1: To begin, brush a thick coat of your selected polish about halfway down the nail, beginning at the cuticle.

2: Next, brush on a layer of the sparkle polish, also beginning at the cuticle. Pull a bit of the original polish down with it towards the tip of the nail.

3: Wait for Steps 1 and 2 to dry.

4: Brush a thin layer of the sparkle polish over the tips of your nails.

5: Wait for Step 4 to dry completely before finishing your ombre manicure with topcoat.

And Ta-da! You've got the look and haven't spent a dime to get it!

Tags: spring, nail trends, nail polish, Trendtastic, manicure, Ombre Nails, nail art, DIY