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Tres Chic: Chrome Ombré Nail Designs To Inspire Your Next Appointment

Tres Chic: Chrome Ombré Nail Designs To Inspire Your Next Appointment


Chrome ombré nails are the ubiquitous mani trend that keeps giving. These nails have managed to keep the demand at an increasing high thanks to the dazzling touch they add to any style repertoire. They combine the metallic shine of chrome polish with the gradient effect of ombré for an offering that’s an undeniable conversation starter. This season, they’re sitting unopposed on our digits with an ethereal glow that challenges summer’s shine.

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The journey to this trend began when model Hailey Bieber spotlighted glazed donut skin, sending the beauty world into an obsession with shine. TikTokers soon interpreted this for manis, thus, birthing the chrome ombré nails trend. The unique twist to this 2024 beauty trend is the versatility it offers. From understated minimalism to loud and flamboyant options, chrome ombré nails can be tweaked to suit your preferences.

How to achieve the chrome ombré nails trend…

  • Start by preparing your nails. File them to your desired shape and gently push back the cuticles. Then, cleanse your nails with nail polish remover to remove any oils or residue.
  • Apply a clear base coat to protect your nails and help the polish adhere better. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding.
  • Choose a base color for your ombré effect. This can be any color you like, but lighter shades work best for achieving a noticeable gradient.
  • Apply two coats of your base color and allow it to dry completely.
  • Once dry, it’s time to apply the chrome powder. Using a sponge or an eyeshadow applicator, gently rub the chrome powder onto your nails in a horizontal motion. Start from the base of your nail and work towards the tip, gradually fading the chrome effect.
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  • Repeat this step until you achieve the desired level of chrome shine.
  • To seal in the effect and protect your manicure, apply a clear top coat over your nails. This will also help smoothen out any texture from the chrome powder and give your nails a glossy finish.
  • Next, use a clean brush or cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to clean up any excess polish around your nails and cuticles.
  • Once your top coat is dry, apply a cuticle oil or hand cream to moisturize your nails and cuticles and give them a polished look.

With these steps, you can achieve beautiful chrome ombré nails that are sure to make a statement.

Check out these chrome ombré nail design ideas to adopt ASAP!

#1. Gold swipes

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Almost everything looks good with a touch of gold. Golden manicures are simply a sight for sore eyes. The colors bring a perfect blend of regal and relatable. The idea isn’t to go full-on metallic but to sprinkle gold accents for a warm finish.

#2. Animated whimsy

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Some of us miss our childhood, but only a few dare to pull the memories along even into adulthood. One way to explore this fun vibe is by opting for nails with cartoon designs. Let the teddies, bows, and your favorite cartoon characters have space on your nails this season.

#3. Dreamy blues

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The diverse shades of blue winning in fashion and beauty are already proof that being spoiled for choice is inevitable. You can opt for softer blue tints to create dreamy chrome ombré nail designs.

#4. Black accents

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Start with nude colors for the base, and then add streaks of black designs to the mix. Experiment with French tips or butterfly details. You can also reverse this with black as the base, while others adjust to its dominance. The edgy Moto look works, and so does a secondary touch of black.

#5. Mermaidcore

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This rendition of the summer nail trend isn’t one we saw coming. But alas, it’s here (thanks to Halle Bailey’s The Little Mermaid film promotion) and we couldn’t be happier. Sea shells, ocean-themed colors, and everything under the sea have given manis another adventurous expression with Mermaidcore. This summer, dare to take that splash!

#6. Rainbow nails

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Since the pandemic, rainbow manicures have evolved and become a trusted summer nail staple. The rainbow nail art has morphed from random happy colors on each finger to indulging the chrome ombré nails for extra pizzaz.

#7. Glitter fiesta

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Sparkles are an integral part of nail art. And there’s always room for more glitter in the summer. To make glitter the primary focus, keep the colors subtle, and perhaps opt for a shorter length.

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