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Overdosing On Ombre: A Quick Lesson In Color




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Ah, ombre. Celebs can’t stop rocking it and magazines won’t shut up about it. We’ve all seen quite enough of Sarah Jessica Parker’s dark roots by now. 
 
But what is it exactly? Technically, ombre means a gradual gradation of color, a fading from dark to light or light to dark, if you will. So when applied to your locks, that means dark brown roots and highlighted blonde tips (like Drew Barrymore). That one’s obvious, but what about when applied 
to your nails, or even your eyes or lips?
 
Let’s start with the nails. Ombre nails are basically the grownup version of a 7-year-old’s nails (except chicer). You’ll need five different nail polishes all in the same color family, and then beginning with your thumb, paint it your color of choice, starting with the darkest of the five shades you own. Slowly fade your color from dark to light with your pinkie finger being the lightest hue of them all.  
 
If you’re feeling daring, try this trend on your lips and eyes. But keep the rest of your makeup simple. Bozo the Clown isn’t a good look. 
 
Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer living in Los Angeles.

 

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