Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Ombre Elephant Nail Art Tutorial
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Ombre Elephant Nail Art Tutorial

4:00 AM

“An elephant never forgets.”

I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to do an elephant mani because they are my FAVORITE animal of all time (besides dogs, but pets count as family in my book).  I’ve been collecting elephant figurines since before I could remember, it actually started with my grandma.  She started a collection for me and then it just kept going from there.  I believe in the whole elephants are good luck thing, well as long as their trunk is up!  That is the key to that whole theory!  Here is my ombre elephant nail tutorial!

First you are going to start with a base coat.  I apply Sally Hansen Maximum Strength Nail strengthener first, then follow with the top coat once it dries.

Once that is done, you are going to move on to the ombre portion of this mani.  I’ve seen a few ways on how to achieve the ombre effect, but this one works for me the best so I am stickin’ to what I know!  You take a makeup sponge and apply the colors you want in the sequence you want.  Then you dab it onto the white nail.  You will have to do this 2-3 times if you want to achieve a really drastic ombre.  Oh, and don’t forget to leave your ring finger white!

This was my first time using water decals and let me tell you, it was kind of weird.  It’s definitely going to take some getting used to and practice to get it perfect, but putting on water decals was just strange haha.  I got these 20 Water Slide Nail Decals African Elephant Silhouette
 on Amazon.  They arrived pretty quickly actually.

Once the nail decal and ombre is dry apply your OPI top coat.  I swear by this top coat!


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  1. As always your nails are perfect. The elephants and the blue look stunning.

    Happy Monday!

  2. Omg my good friend loves elephants like that and collects any and everything elephant too. I will show her this post. So pretty.

  3. Ombre nails are so cute! One of my favorite manis so far.

    pumps and push-ups

  4. I would never be able to do that! When I do my nails it looks like a toddler did them haha!
    GORGEOUS girl!

    Happy Medley


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