October 2, 2012 Makeup.com

Manis With Miss Pop: Webbed Oxblood Ombré Nails

I’m Simcha Whitehill, but I’m better known as Miss Pop, a New York City-based nail artist. Every week I’ll be breaking down the technique behind a must-have manicure. Some looks will be chic and easy and some may require a practiced hand (or a little patience!). Either way, it's all about having fun. I do nail art for one reason. Love. 

For this webbed ombré nail, I combined three fall trends: the color of the season, oxblood; the half nude, half deep brown nail I saw at ready-to-wear presentations including L.A.M.B. and Pamela Love; and the distressed net nail from the Threeasfour show. So, by day, you have an updated nail look to pair with your of-the-moment prints. And by black light, you’ll have a glow-in-the-dark design that’ll make your hands an instant conversation starter.

What you need:
  • Base coat. Try: Essie All in One Base.
  • Nude nail polish. Try: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in I’m Not Innocent.
  • Oxblood nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in Wicked.
  • Makeup sponge.
  • White nail art striper. Try: Art Club Nail Art Duo in White.
  • Top coat. Try: Dazzle Dry Top Coat.
How to create it:
Step 1: Apply one coat of base coat to your nails. This step seems easy to skip, but it’s a must if you want to make your manicure last, protect your nails from staining and make the color pop.
Step 2: Apply two coats of the nude polish to your nails. Let the color completely dry before you start your nail art.
Step 3: To create the oxblood ombré effect—or what I like to call the half-glass-of-red-wine look—paint the oxblood polish onto the corner of the makeup sponge. Dab the excess polish off until the color has become sheer. Then, starting at the free edge, dab down to the center of each of your nails.
Step 4: Using the white nail art striper, draw a line up the center of each of your nails. Then, working from that centered line, draw three stripes on a diagonal up each side of each nail. Your white outline should look like three arrows with a line through the center. To finish the webbing, make smaller diagonal lines that zigzag through each aisle. They should look like little triangles within the spaces.
Step 5: Stripers usually take more time to dry than regular polish because the color is so concentrated. So make sure your white lines aren’t still sticky, and then seal your look by applying a layer of top coat to all your nails.

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