21 Stunning Acrylic Ombre Nails to Obsess Over

Updated on December 27, 2023
Tatiana Cooper By Tatiana Cooper
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    21 Stunning Acrylic Ombre Nails to Obsess Over

    Searching for a fun and creative way to do your next manicure? Ever thought of trying ombre acrylic nails? We may be biased, but we think you should give these acrylic ombre nails a shot for your net set of claws. There are many different acrylic shapes and sizes and loads of ombre designs to take inspiration from. We promise something for everyone here, and you won’t be disappointed.

    There are a few essential factors to consider when going for ombre acrylic nails, such as the shape of the acrylic. Here is a chart to help you figure out what nail shape best suits you, so you can learn how to shape your acrylics.

    Acrylic Nail Shape Shape Details
    Coffin Shape
    • Angular shape
    • Straight edge
    • Resembles coffin shape
    Stiletto Shape
    • Pointed tip
    • Traditionally Long
    Almond Shape
    • Rounded peak
    • Resembles the shape of an almond
    Square Shape
    • Flat on top
    • Straight sharp corners
    Pointed Shape
    • Long length
    • Filed into a point

    Now that you have acrylic nails, you should know how to do ombre nails at home. Despite what you might believe, ombre nails are actually really easy for you to do.

    What you’ll need:

    • Base Coat
    • Top Coat
    • First, nail polish color
    • Second nail polish color (make sure it is lighter than the first)
    • Makeup sponge

    Steps to your DIY ombre nails:

    1. Apply a layer of the transparent base coat to your natural nails to help protect and prime them.
    2. Once that has dried, go in with the first layer of the lighter color and paint the whole nail.
    3. While that layer dries, paint the lighter and darker colors onto a makeup sponge, one stacked on top of the other horizontally.
    4. Dab the sponge onto your nails, repeating the process as often as possible to get the right ombre effect you are looking for.
    5. Add a top coat once you like how it looks, and then you are done!

    Short Acrylic Ombre Nails

    There are reasons for getting acrylic nails other than for adding length. Other reasons could be, such as:

    • Long-lasting
    • Lots of design options
    • Natural Looking
    • Prevent nail-biting
    • Protect weak nails

    If one of those reasons seems appealing to you, this may be an excellent time to try acrylic ombre nails. Ombre nail acrylic makes for a relaxed and pretty manicure style such as these. This square acrylic shape is super fitting with the pink and white, but any form would look just as lovely.

    Acrylic Red Ombre Nails

    Red is a strong and striking color that should accompany a prominent and memorable acrylic nail. These shiny chrome black and red ombre stiletto acrylic nails are a fantastically evil-looking manicure that undoubtedly will turn some heads.

    Glitter Ombre Acrylic Nails

    Glitter, ombre, and acrylic are three words that go hand in hand to create a fantastic manicure. Using glitter and regular nude polish, you can make a stunning transition between the glitter and the regular polish for that ombre effect.

    This glitter ombre nails look is undoubtedly great for the holidays with its red and green sparkles. However, if it’s a different time of year, switch out the colors for something more fitting. These nails here are an almond shape and look fantastic with the sparkles as they add even more drama to the point.

    White Ombre Acrylic Nails

    If going for something with a bit more color isn’t exactly how you picture your dream acrylic ombre nails, we suggest getting white ombre acrylic nails like these instead. The two colors are a nude pink that fades into a pure white color.

    When choosing a classy manicure like this one, it can be essential to make sure you are picking the right acrylic nail shape to accompany it. These square-shaped acrylics perfectly fit the bill.

    Acrylic Black Ombre Nails

    Channel, your inner cat woman with these acrylic black ombre nails. The shape of acrylic is called pointed and replicates a feline’s claws. By choosing to do a black ombre manicure for your claws, you add a dramatic flare that accentuates the nail tip, making them appear sharper than they are.

    Zohna Tip

    If done correctly, your pointed acrylic black ombre nails shouldn't be sharp while appearing as if they are.

    Acrylic Two-Tone Ombre Nails

    The basic definition of an ombre is a two-toned color effect. However, using two completely opposite colors can be fun to take that two-tone characteristic to the extreme. These square-shaped acrylics look great, with the blue and pink fading into one another, even though they are drastically different.

    Zohna Tip

    Adding nail art like the clear beads in the inspiration photo elevates your acrylic two-toned ombre nails to the next level.

    Colored Ombre Acrylic Nails

    These dark and light blue colored ombre acrylic nails are a great example of incorporating multiple of your favorite colors into your nails. For instance, many shades of one color look great on manicures, like the many shades of red and blue. On the other hand, every shade of green is not traditionally suited for a manicure. The oval shape of these acrylic nails adds to the softness that the blue coloring emits.

    Acrylic Ombre Nails With Diamonds

    Shine bright like a diamond with these acrylic ombre nails with diamonds. These pink and yellow beauties are a set of summer ombre nails we love. What makes them even more excellent is the tiny added pink diamond detailing. Adding diamonds and other gemstone details like this to your acrylic ombre nails is very easy and achievable at home, and we can tell you how to do it.

    What you’ll need:

    • Diamond stone
    • Top coat
    • Tweezers
    Steps For Acrylic Ombre Nails With Diamonds Description
    Step 1: Paint on your ombre nails, keeping the diamond close by
    Step 2: Right after you’re done with your color and before it dries, use the tweezers to pick up and place the diamonds where you want them.
    Step 3: Once the diamond and the other nails have dried, cover them in a few layers of top coat to ensure the diamond is sealed and won’t move.

    If the polish has dried before putting the diamond on, apply a layer of top coat to work as a binding agent and then place the diamond.

    Long Ombre Acrylic Nails

    Hot pink is a perfect, fun summer color that always looks great on a manicure, no matter how you do it, including ombre. These long ombre acrylic nails are in a square, round corner shape and look cool and funky paired with vibrant pink. They are also matte, giving them a frosted appearance to elevate them even more.

    Sparkle Ombre Acrylic Nails

    These white and silver sparkle ombre acrylic nails are aesthetically pleasing and look great when they catch the light. Going heavy with the sparkles at the tip of the nail and then going progressively lighter as you get closer to the nail bed will create this pretty airbrushed ombre effect.

    Despite what you might think, these sparkle ombre acrylic nails differ from glitter ombre acrylic nails. In fact, there are a few distinct differences between glitter and sparkle polishes that may alter your choice.

    Glitter Nail Polish Characteristics Sparkle Nail Polish Characteristics
    Chunky particles Fine particles
    Can physically see the glitter bits Needs to reflect light to see the sparkle
    Provides lots of shine and sparkle Provides a softer look

    Square Acrylic Nails Ombre

    Square acrylic nails ombre are a popular nail shape and design. These aquamarine blue ombre nails fade delicately into the nail’s natural color for a soft effect. The square acrylic shape pairs nicely with the blue, preventing it from being too dramatic, as it would be if the blue were paired with a stiletto shape.

    If you want to tackle your nails at home, here’s how to shape your square acrylics:

    1. Using the straight-end nail clipper, trim your nails to a longer length than you want. The clipper will automatically make the tops of the nails straight.
    2. Once the nails are clipped, go in with your nail file and drag it flat along the top of your nail to smooth it out and file to the desired length.
    3. Gently run it across both sides of the nail tips to smooth out the edges so they aren’t super sharp.

    Ombre Acrylic Nails With Rhinestones

    If color isn’t enough to give your nails the melodrama you are searching for in your next manicure, take these ombre acrylic nails with rhinestones for a spin. Ombre-style manicures are usually heavily detailed, considering they seamlessly blend two colors. However, we respect that for some people, that isn’t enough. Adding rhinestones will take your nails to the next luxurious level.

    You apply rhinestones the same way you do with diamonds for acrylic ombre nails with the diamonds mentioned above.

    Silver Glitter Ombre Acrylic Nails

    Adding chunky silver glitter to a nude manicure can bring out the star within you. Silver glitter ombre acrylic nails are a way to create an ombre nail style minus the color. Too much color on the nails can become overwhelming; we get it. Therefore, going for silver is excellent for our cool-toned friends.

    Gold Glitter Ombre Acrylic Nails

    We suggest rocking these gold glitter ombre acrylic nails if you are warmer-toned. The warm tones in the glitter will bring out the warm undertones of your skin. If you wear gold jewelry, the gold glitter will complement your skin and your jewelry.

    Matte Acrylic Ombre Nails

    A matte finish is coming back in style for nails. Try it for your next set of acrylic ombre nails. A matte finish can be a fun way to switch things up. These blue ombre nails in a stiletto shape look almost iridescent with the color layering. The shape and length of the nails add to the flare they give, and we’re here for it.

    Multi Color Acrylic Ombre Nails

    Instead of doing the regular two-toned ombre nails, try incorporating three different shades. The most seamless way to achieve this three-toned look is to choose three shades from one color. These purple acrylic nails are the perfect example of how you should do your next manicure.

    Coffin Acrylic Ombre Nails

    Coffin Acrylic Ombre NailsInstagram@zack_pnPIN

    Dreams are made of these stunning light brown coffin ombre nails. They are glossy and have just the right amount of shine. Going for a lovely warm brown shade is the perfect way to prepare your nails for any season. These square acrylic-shaped nails look great with the brown ombre, but any nail shape will do.

    Acrylic Ombre nails With Clouds

    Acrylic Ombre nails With CloudsInstagram@wera450PIN

    Reach for the sky with these pretty purple acrylic ombre nails with clouds. Adding little drawings to your acrylic ombre nails is a cute way to bring some character to your claws. Replicating a manicure like this would be accessible at a nail salon.

    However, if you plan to do it at home, there are tools out there to help get the job done, such as:

    1. Nail stickers
    2. Nail brushes
    3. Tool pick

    Grey Acrylic Ombre

    These cool-looking grey acrylic ombre nails are ideal for the winter season. They match both the cold outdoor and the grey sweater weather vibes. Grey is a color that can go with most other colors; therefore, choosing a grey color won’t steer you in the wrong direction.

    Christmas Acrylic Ombre Nails

    Perhaps you are reading this over the holidays and are searching for inspiration for your next manicure. Let us be your guiding light and show you the way to these marvelous Christmas acrylic ombre nails. The ombre is created by combining white glitter and white snow nail stickers. Combining the two creates stunning Christmas nails that everyone should try this Christmas season. The longer the acrylic nail, the more nail stickers you can add.

    Ombre Acrylic Sunset Nails

    Going somewhere tropical? Searching for the perfect beach manicure? Look no further cause these ombre acrylic sunset nails will leave you speechless. It is better to go for a short acrylic when going for a three-toned manicure like this, especially with bright sunset colors. A longer nail combined with all three bright colors might be overwhelming and look whacky.

    FAQ

    • How To Do Ombre Acrylic Nails?

      Doing ombre acrylic nails is super easy and only takes a few minutes. First, you must apply your acrylic nails, which is challenging; however, acrylic nail kits and in-depth articles can help you.

      Once you have the kit and all the necessary tools that come with it, you can start shaping your acrylic nail base:

      1. First, you must prep your nails by cleaning, cutting, and removing any dead skin.
      2. Size and apply the fake nail with the kit’s nail glue.
      3. Once they have dried, you can shape the nail into whatever acrylic shape you want.
      4. Apply the dehydrating nail primer. Apply the acrylic nail mixture. Let dry and shape again if necessary, and then you’re finished!

      Now that you have your acrylic nails, it’s time to paint your ombre nails.

      What you’ll need:

      • Base Coat
      • Top Coat
      • First, nail polish color
      • Second nail polish color (make sure it is lighter than the first)
      • Makeup sponge

      Steps to your DIY ombre nails include:

      1. Apply a layer of the transparent base coat to your natural nails to help protect and prime them.
      2. Once that has dried, go in with the first layer of the lighter color and paint the whole nail.
      3. While that layer dries, paint the lighter and darker colors onto a makeup sponge, one stacked on top of the other horizontally.
      4. Dab the sponge onto your nails, repeating the process as often as possible to get the right ombre effect you are looking for.
      5. Add a top coat once you like how it looks, and then you are done!
    • How Much Do Ombre Acrylic Nails Cost?

      It depends on the salon you go to; however, they typically cost between $45-$75. The price can go up depending on the nail polish you get and whether or not you want designs added.

    • How To Take Off Ombre Acrylic Nails?

      When removing acrylic nails, it’s always best to get them done professionally at the salon. Incorrect removal can result in damage to the nails and potentially some pain. We have you covered if going to the salon isn’t an option. Here’s a step-by-step list of what you’ll need and how to remove acrylic nails.

      What you’ll need to take off your ombre acrylic nails:

      Once you’ve got your materials assembled, it’s time to get started:

      1. With your nail clippers, cut the length of the acrylics as close as possible to your natural ones.
      2. Using the nail buffer, create a rough nail surface so that the shine of the polish is completely gone.
      3. Soak your fingers in 100% acetone in a bowl for about five minutes or as long as you think necessary. The newer the acrylic nails are, the longer they will need to sit.
      4. Use the metal cuticle pusher to push the polish off the nails.
      5. Repeat the process until the acrylic is thoroughly soaked off.
      6. If some of the nail glue is still on your natural nails, buff it off with the nail buffer.

    Ombre Away

    Perhaps the search for a fun and creative way to do your next manicure has ended, and acrylic ombre nails have spoken to you. Going to the nail salon is obviously the best decision when it comes to acrylic nails, but there are options for you to do them at home. No matter which design or nail shape you choose, we have a sneaky feeling they will turn out just as you’d hoped. Good luck!