Make Way for Ombre! Part I

Make way for what??

Ombre is a French term meaning “shaded” and is being used in the fashion and home decor world on just about everything! According to fabsugar.com, it is usually done as a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect is woven into the fabric and is generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

Ombre is also a favorite fashion trend of yours truly!  I can’t get enough of the shaded glory, so in honor of its gorgeousness, and my addiction to pinning the crap out it on Pinterest, I’ll be dedicating a three-part post this week to all things Ombre-licious!  There will be ombre beauty DIYs, lots of fashion finds, and a complete ombre inspiration board on Wedding Wednesday.

Let’s get started shall, we?

Part 1: Ombre Beauty

This shaded trend keeps popping up on everything from manicures to hair color.  You have probably see it on some celebrities heads without even noticing it.  It’s a precise combo of highlights that have suddenly taken dark roots from tacky to spectacular!

Stars like Drew Barrymore, Mila Kunis, Hilary Duff & Sarah Jessica Parker are rocking ombre locks!

This doesn’t mean you can get away with growing out a bad dye job though ladies!  As you can see, these looks are meticulously accomplished by a professional stylist who know just how to get the right look of subtly fading from dark to light. Also, did you notice how the low highlights really accentuate their faces? Perfection! Sidenote: As a super dark brunette myself, I’m happy to see Mila pulling off this look just as well as the beautiful blondes!

 I think my favorite ombre look is on a perfectly polished set of nails.  It’s a little daring, but oh so chic, and can be done with any of your favorite colors!

DIY time! All you need to accomplish this look are 5 different shades in the same color family OR, one light color and one dark color in the same family.  You can mix the two colors until you get the perfect shades.  All you’ll need is a paper plate to pour the colors on, and some extra polish brushes. (Any small tipped paint brush will work.)

Ombre Nails from MTV Style

You can also create an ombre effect on each individual nail.  My favorite way of doing this is using a glittery nail polish.  You simply paint all nails with a base color and let them dry completely.  Then, starting at the tip of your nail, brush the glittery polish toward your cuticle until you reach the desired effect.  Hopefully, they turn out a little something like this:
Pinned Image

Lastly, how about some smoky eyes?  Did you realize they are ombre at its finest? The trend is red hot, because the shading from dark to light draws dramatic attention to your peepers and is super sexy!  I have a lot of girlfriends who look amazing in a smoky eye, but have no idea how to do it themselves.  My dears, the video below is for you!

It’s a step-by-step tutorial from my fabulous friend Jackie, author of YourBeautyBestFriend.com.  She is a licensed esthetician who shares the latest beauty tips and tricks, with product reviews and makeup how tos. Check out her website for more great videos and tips. She’s fantastic!

Here she’ll show us how to get a great smoky look using purple shadow, but as she says, you can use her steps for any color you like.

These are my favorite smoky eyes:

As you can see, there are SO many ways you can use ombre to spice up your beauty regiment.  Whether in  your hair, on your nails or on those pretty peepers, it’s a fun and easy way to stay trendy and look great!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for tips to make a wedding ombre-licious!

Have a lovely day dolls!

XO Stephanie

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