The interwebs say that this ombre nail is very ON TREND. I hear that a lot. On Trend. I've never been on trend before. With, uh, anything. I'm not sure how I feel about it.
The ombre nail is simply another color sponged onto the nail using a makeup sponge.
Put a little polish on the sponge, and dab it gently (you can always add more polish, it's harder to take it away) about 1/2 to 3/4 up the nail. I like to dab another layer at the tip to make it opaque at the bottom.
A few hours later, though, I started playing around again....
...and used a sponge to add some yellow (Sally Hansen Xtreme in Mellow Yellow) to the nail, so I could try a new-to-me nail art, the monarch butterfly.
After sponging on the yellow and orange, take a nail striper and black polish (I used Pure Ice Black Rage) and make a curved line from the cuticle to the side of the nail bed. Then make diagonal lines out from the curved lines. Cap off each segment with a curved line, and fill in the tip.
Add white hi-light dots along the edge. I also added some near the cuticle, but I didn't like it there as much. You'll want to use a top coat to make the art pop and to protect it.
I was happy that my husband recognized these as butterfly wings when I showed him the mani. I'm proud of my first try! It's a little busy of a look for me, but I'd probably do it again for a theme mani, or as an accent nail.