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60 Stunning Ombre Nail Ideas to Try in 2024

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Unlike loads of other nail trends, ombre nails are classic and timeless. You can use any colours you want, add glitters, shimmers or nail art, keep it minimalist with monochrome, or even use a different colour on each nail if that’s more your style.

You can even mix it up by painting your ombre from side to side rather than top to bottom, add ombre French tips, or intricate nail art designs for a new take on the trend.

For anyone who may have been living under a rock for the past year or so, ombre nails have been seen all over Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and on the hands of celebs like Kylie Jenner, Dua Lipa and Lizzo.

Although ombre nails aren’t anything new, they still reign supreme for their versatility and elegance. So we have put together a list of the 60 best ombre nails that you need to try in 2024.

 


60 ombre nail design ideas

You can wear ombre nails all year round. Gay pride? Use the colourful pride flag. Christmas? Go for green, red and white. Summer festivals? Go bold and bright.

No matter what nail shape you prefer (because let’s face it, ombre looks great on any shape), take a look at the 60 best looks to get your imagination going before you book that nail appointment.

 

1. French Ombre Nails

The traditional French manicure shades but in ombre form – classy and chic.

 

2. Pink Ombre Nails

Pink ombre nails are sooo customisable! You can use the lightest of pinks to create a more muted and pretty take on the trend, or go all out there with the brightest bottles you can find.

 

3. Ombre Aura Nails

This *glowing* manicure has been doing the rounds on Instagram since the end of 2023, and we predict it to be bang on trend in 2024, too.

 

4. Nude Ombre Nails

We are pretty confident that the nude ombre will never go out of style! It doesn’t matter what season it is, or what event you are going to, these muted hues will look great with any outfit.

 

5. Peach Fuzz Ombre Nails

There are loads of nail trends making an appearance this year, and peach fuzz is certainly one of them. And for more amazing nails, check out our guide to 77 of the best designs to screenshot for your next mani.

 

6. Lavender Ombre Nails

Purple can go either way – mixed with black for a gothic look or light and shiny like the stiletto mani above. 

 

7. Ombre French Tip Nails

French tips, but make them bright and ombre. I really love this fun take on both trends!

 

8. Silver Ombre Nails

Silver is the ultimate classic, and these ombre nails look just like icicles. 

 

9. Gold Ombre Nails

Gold is great for the cooler seasons and a particular favourite at Christmastime. You can go subtle with gold on just one statement nail or make go all out with bright gold hues on coffin-shaped nails.

 

10. Beige and Pastel Ombre Nails

There are plenty of ways you can wear this set, with some people opting to pair it with white or nude, and some going for a black gradient and a glossy finish for a more dramatic look (trust us, this looks fab).

 

11. Chunky Glitter Ombre Nails

Another good one for Christmas! Chunky glitter in different colours looks just like lights on the tree.

 

12. Grey to Black Ombre Nails

Grey ombre can be completely monochrome incorporating different shades, or it can be paired with almost any other colour to create an especially popping nail.

 

14. Snakeskin Ombre Nails

Animal print nails never go out of style, and these snakeskin ones are a seriously classy take.

 

15. Yellow Ombre Nails

There are tons of different ways to wear ombre nails, with yellow being a playful and youthful take on the trend. And you don’t be fooled into thinking you have to wear a bold and brilliant yellow, start off with a muted lemony shade – perfect for Easter.

 

16. Cloud Ombre Nails

A really dreamy look. We love these cloud ombre nails, made with the loveliest pink, purple, blue and white hues. There are loads of variations of this one out there, whether you cover your whole nail in clouds or just the tips.

 

17. Colourful Ombre Swirl Nails

A negative background with squiggly ombre swirls. So. Pretty.

 

18. Baby Blue and Pink Ombre Nails

These icy baby blue and pink ombre nails are perfect for winter – think après ski with a drink in hand after hitting the slopes.

 


 

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19. Bright pink and bright blue ombre nails

Super long to make a statement.

 

20. Royal Blue Ombre Nails

These vivid nails will get you noticed – especially if you opt for a long set. Royal blue looks especially good when faded out from  nude, and adding some silver chrome details really makes them pop.

 

21. Mismatched Ombre Nails with Chrome

Can’t decide what nail art you want? Go for mismatched and you don’t have to choose!

 

22. Green Ombre Nails

Ok, so you really can tailor this look for any mood, outfit or occasion. Halloween? Go for slime green and black. Work event? Sage green looks really chic and classic with nude tones. Summer holiday? Try a green with a hint of teal that fades from white. Sorted!

 

23. Brown Ombre Marble Nails

The colour of warmth and comfort. Brown is quite an autumnal colour, but it’s also a great neutral shade that goes well with loads of colour combinations. If you want something with a touch of sparkle, add gold, silver or rose gold to your brown ombre nails.

 

24. Red and Orange Ombre Nails

These shades look amazing on any skin tone and will fit right in during summer.

 

25. Ombre Flame Nails

You can bet you’ll still be seeing the flame nails trend throughout 2024.

 

26. Red and White Ombre Nails

The perfect Valentine’s Day nails?

 

27. Maroon Ombre Nails

Another great one for Christmas, complete with twinkly stars.

 

28. Chrome and Ombre Flame Nails

Hot or cold?

 

29. Black Ombre Nails

Black ombre nails are bold, moody and fun, and they really show off a perfectly put-together manicure. We absolutely love these long nails with a nude base that fades into croc print black at the tips.

 

30. Two-Tone Ombre Nails

Whether you go for an accent nail or go all-out and get the full set, two-tone ombre nail designs give you a sharp contrast look in your colourway. This style limits you to two tones, but you might be surprised at how creative you (or your nail technician) can get!

 

31. Dark Green Ombre Nails with charms and gems

This set combines a few trends – milky nails, gems, stars, 3D details, and ombre. In. Love.

 

32. Glitter Ombre Nails

These can be done in so many different ways and adding a bit of glitter is a great option to jazz up your manicure. You can opt for chunky silver or gold glitters, toned-down shimmers and sparkles or even add some diamonds or gems on there, too. Everyone needs a bit of glitter sometimes, right?

 

33. Matte Ombre Smiley Face Nails

The happiest nails in the roundup.

 

34. Hot Pink Ombre Nails

pink ombre nails with cherry blossom nail art

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We have seen some pretty garish pinks on our search for the best ombre nails – but it doesn’t have to be that way! There are so many pink tones like baby pink, coral, bubblegum pink, and fuchsia pink, so we bet there is one for everyone.

 

35. Pink and Nude Ombre Nails

A muted neutral mani with some cool designs.

 

36. Pink and Purple Ombre Nails

Mixing pastel colours and bright shades to ease you into the neon trend.

 

37. Neon Ombre French Tip Nails

While Ibiza may not be on the cards for you at the moment, you can channel the stunning colours of a sunset with these ombre nails. 

 

38. Pastel Ombre Nails

You can use pastel shades for a more muted look or go all-out with bright and bold. 

 

39. Unicorn Ombre Nails

The unicorn obsession is still here, and it looks like it’s going to stick around for a while longer. These mystical creatures have been the inspiration for many ombre nails, and people love to add some glitter and shimmer to complete the magical look.

 

40. Stripe Ombre Nails

Just a slice of neon ombre.

 

41. Airbrush Effect Ombre Nails

Airbrushed nails are done using a spray-paint effect to give a look similar to ombre or graffiti, and they were all the rage in the 80s and 90s. This look can be created using an airbrush machine and special gels.

 

42. Lipgloss Ombre Nails

Super high gloss, super shine. Lipgloss nails are the new glazed donut nails – ya heard it here first.

 

43. Mermaidcore ombre marble nails

They’re giving ocean vibes.

 

44. Vertical Ombre Nails

If you love ombre nails, ask your nail tech to do a VERTICAL ombre. It is sooo much easier to blend, and we think it’s a great take on the trend.

 

45. Ombre Almond Nails with Checkered Print

Almond-shaped nails tend to suit everyone and give a really elegant look. If you have short palms and short fingers, it’s best to opt for rounded oval and almond shapes. For longer palms and fingers, consider dramatic stiletto or coffin (or ballerina) shaped styles.

 

46. Ombre Stiletto Nails

Done right, stiletto nails can look really chic, particularly in nude ombre shades. This shape is typically long and comes to a knife-like point at the tip.

 

47. Square Ombre Nails

If you have narrow nail beds and long fingers, square nails look very chic because of their sharp edges.

 

48. Wedding Ombre Nails

There are tons of super-stunning wedding ombre nail designs, personalised with dainty gems, slight sparkles, painted flowers, and crystals. Bridal ombre is perfect for a classy look that you can tailor to match the most important dress you will likely ever wear – your wedding dress.

 

Spring Ombre Nails

49. Milky Ombre Nails

True to its name, the milky ombre is between an opaque and a sheer white hue, with a translucent and creamy finish.

 

50. Matte Pink Ombre Nails

Can you believe this set was created using eyeshadows?! So cool.

 

51. Colourful Milky Ombre Nails

Milky nails are everywhere at the moment, take it up a notch with some bright colours.

 

Summer ombre nails

52. Tropical Abstract Ombre Nails

The range of summery designs is vast and limitless, but these tropical ombre nails will really get you in the mood for that cocktail on the beach – and look great with your bikinis!

And for expert tips on getting a sunless glow at the same time as pretty nails, take a look at our guide on how to get a spray tan without ruining your mani.

 

53. Butterfly Summer Ombre Nails

Nothing says summer like neon and butterflies.

 

54. Stripey Ombre Nails

Zebra print or stripes? Either way, this set will go with all of your holiday outfits.

 

Fall Ombre Nails

55. Halloween Moon Phases Black Ombre Nails

For the spooky season, try out some Halloween-inspired ombre nails. Think dark oranges, black, browns and burgundy, and cool nail art like moons, bats, spiders and pumpkins.

 

56. Pumpkin Spiced Ombre Nails

With Autumn comes the thousands of Instagram posts about pumpkin-spiced lattes returning to Starbucks. Match your coffee with your claws and opt for shades of orange and yellow for a seriously sweet pumpkin pie-inspired nail look.

 

57. Opulent Ombre Chrome Fall Nails

This strikingly opulent mani will take you through fall and winter.

 

Christmas Ombre Nails

58. Snowflake Ombre Nails

In our opinion, snowflake nail art looks amazing with cool blue, white or silver ombre nails. Channel your inner Elsa and Anna with these chilled Christmas ombre nails.

 

59. Christmas Berry Ombre Nails

You can go really abstract with this, or feature just a hint of Christmas like this cute berry set.

 

60. Christmas Bronze Ombre Nails

Nothing says Christmas like glitter and chrome! How cute are these reindeer?!

 


The Takeaway

Whether you prefer long or short nails, glitter or matte finishes, anyone and everyone can rock the ombre nail trend this year!

 

 

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Laura Kemp started her journalism career as a news reporter for one of the largest newspaper groups in Europe before moving into features and editorial writing. Combining her love of hard-hitting journalism with her passion for beauty, she’s now Senior Beauty Editor at Live That Glow. When she’s not writing, researching, or interviewing her favourite experts, you’ll find Laura practicing her downward dog or drifting on her paddleboard.

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