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Nail Art Studio: Patriotic Ombre

Kathleen Shahan demonstrates Patriotic Ombre

Kathleen Shahan demonstrates Patriotic Ombre


1. Start with a white base for the ombre.


2. Using a makeup sponge, create an ombre at the cuticle area with red and white polish. It may take 2-3 coats for solid coverage.


3. Repeat the makeup sponge technique with blue and white polish at the free edge, taking care to ensure the white doesn’t overlap the red. Repeat until you have solid coverage on the free edge. 


4. Using a striping brush or stamp, paint on white stars. Add silver details as desired, and finish with a clear top coat. 

Kathleen Shahan, The Head-Quarters, Wilmington, Del

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