How to Apply a Vertical Ombre

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Vertical Ombre Nails

Vertical ombre nails make a fashion-forward statement worth snagging. Two dip colors come together to blend and create a beautiful ombre effect. There are many ways that the vertical ombre is created. Experiment with contrasting colors or colors that coordinate, the options are endless. This article will show you how to create this ultra-chic mani style using Nailboo dip powder products.

What You Need

There are a few Nailboo products you must gather before you get started. Do you have a Nailboo dip starter kit? If not, grab one here. The kit includes everything you need to create a dip manicure from start to finish. You must also choose the Nailboo dip colors you will use in your design.

  • Nailboo Base Coat Liquid
  • Nailboo Activator Liquid
  • Nailboo Top Coat
  • Nailboo Color Dip Powders
  • Four-Way Nail File
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Nail Brush
  • Remover Clips

Nail Prep

Nail prep is essential to maintaining healthy nails, cuticles, and skin. Before beginning any manicure, gently push back your cuticles. This cuticle care ensures that your nail plate is fully exposed for an even dip powder manicure. Complete each mani with hand cream and a hand massage. A hand massage encourages healthy circulation and skin moisturization, plus it just feels good.


Practice safety procedures before any dip powder mani. Although dip flu is rare, it does occur in a small number of people. Symptoms include watery eyes and skin irritation. To prevent these symptoms, work in a well-ventilated area and use a fan when possible. Wear a face mask and glasses when applying your mani, and always thoroughly clean your workspace when your manicure is complete.

Step 1

Step one strengthens your nails and provides a base for color adherence. Apply products to one nail at a time to ensure a thorough application of each product layer.

Coat & Build

  1. Apply Nailboo base coat liquid to the nail.
  2. Dip the nail into Nailboo build powder.
  3. Tap and brush the nail to remove excess powder.
  4. Repeat steps one through three on each nail.

Next, apply the dip colors to create a beautiful vertical ombre.

  1. Apply Nailboo base coat liquid to the entire nail.
  2. Dip the nail into Nailboo dip powder in Chestnut Chills
  3. Tap and brush the nail to remove the excess powder from the nail.
  4. Repeat steps one through three on each nail.

Create the vertical ombre with Nailboo Espresso Elegance.

  1. Apply Nailboo base coat liquid to the entire nail.
  2. Sprinkle Nailboo Espresso Elegance vertically onto one half of the nail.
  3. Sprinkle Nailboo Chestnut Chills vertically on the other side of the nail.
  4. Tap and brush the nail to remove excess powder.
  5. Repeat steps one through four on each nail.

Step 2

Activator works to harden the nails and ensure secure color adherence. Activator does not require UV or LED light to cure the powder, which makes this type of manicure much more convenient. 


  1. Apply Nailboo activator liquid to all of the nails.
  2. Allow the nails to dry thoroughly.
  3. File and buff the nails with the four-way nail file.
  4. Apply a second coat of activator liquid to the nails.
  5. Allow the activator to dry completely.

Step 3

Seal it all in with the Nailboo top coat. It creates a glossy seal across your nails and adds UV protection to prevent color fading. Don’t skip this essential step to complete your manicure.

  1. Apply Nailboo top coat liquid to every nail.
  2. Allow the nails to dry completely.
  3. Apply a second layer of top coat.
  4. Allow the nails to dry one last time.

To Sum It Up

Nailboo makes all of your nail design dreams possible. Our dip starter kit contains everything you need to create the perfect dip powder manicure from start to finish. Choose from our many dip-colored powders and begin designing on-trend manicures without costly salon visits. Your professional-looking manicures will be the talk of the town. Snag your Nailboo dip starter kit and start designing today.

Shop the Look

The vertical ombre nail design is beautifully created with many different color variations. Select two or three that you love to make your design. There are no rules when it comes to color.

If you love the vertical ombre nail design and want to create it for yourself, snag the look with these Nailboo dip powder products:


20 Ombré Nail Looks to Copy ASAP | Byrdie

Cuticle: What Is It, Care, Removal, Signs of Infection, and More | Healthline

Dip powder manicure: 5 tips to keep your nails healthy | American Academy of Dermatology

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