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21 Pretty Ombre Manicure Ideas To Try In 2020

Whatever your nail shape, we've got you covered!
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Forget ombré hair (or don't, because it's oh-so pretty), we're moving on to gradient nails next. Yup, whatever your nail shape or length, we've got you covered with our edit of the best ombre nail-art designs.

The color fade manicure is a super-flattering way to give the illusion of longer nails - thanks to the clever gradient effect. And it also comes in handy if you're torn between two different shades of polish—hey, why not wear both?

We've trawled the internet to bring you a definitive roundup of the cutest ombre nail designs out there, from one of our favorite nail studios in London, Townhouse, who have totally mastered the glitter ombre nail, btw. To Mei Kawajiri, Instagram’s most viral nail artist who counts the likes of Gigi Hadid and Ariana Grande as clients.

Fancy getting in on the ombre? From acrylics to gels, nudes, to neons and coffin, to almond, don't book your next nail appointment without scrolling through our list of Instagram's prettiest designs first.

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  1. Cloudy pink

    Torn between brights and neutrals? This is the perfect compromise next time you book your manicure appointment.

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  2. Glitter fade

    Opt for a chunky glitter polish for a change of pace on your regular ombre glitter.

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  3. Neon tips

    Dip your toe (or fingertips) in the neon nail trend with this fluoro ombre design.

  4. Lilac tips

    Two of the prettiest pastel nail colors in one look. Love.

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  5. Reverse metallic

    Fancy up those cuticles with a touch of shimmer polish.

  6. Chase the rainbow

    If you've been on the fence about getting acrylics, these My Little Pony inspired nails will surely push you over.

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  7. Matte sunset

    Thought that ombre designs couldn't work on short nails? Think again.

  8. Sprinkle of glitter

    We're obsessed with rose gold nails, and this dreamy ombre design is 100% going on our must-try list.

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  9. Neon fade

    Into neon nails? Yup, us too. This pink-meets-red is the perfect color pop.

  10. Just peachy

    One look at these summery colors and you'll be craving an iced tea.

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  11. A touch of holo

    A switch on the classic French fade, these holographic tips will make you feel equal parts Disney Princess, equal parts cyborg.

  12. Subtle blend

    Ombre nails don't always have to be in your face, as this paired back design proves.

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  13. Jelly tips

    Jelly nails are a huge trend for summer 2019, and we're particularly loving this '90s ombre design.

  14. Sunny D

    If a manicure could encapsulate summer, this would be it.

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  15. Pastel glitter

    Who said you can't have a pastel, ombre, glitter, holographic manicure in one?!

  16. Traffic cone orange

    If the previous orange design was a bit too subtle for your tastes, this neon orange will most certainly float your boat.

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  17. Flamin' hot

    The coolest thing about these ombre flames? The matte finish.

  18. Keep it classy

    You can't beat a classic french fade. Just look at that shine.

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  19. Bright lights

    Pastels too soft and neons too bright? This bold manicure lies somewhere in-between.

  20. Florals for spring

    Update your coffin acrylics with a pastel twist.

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  21. Pink talons

    A color, and shape, that's worth ditching your contact lens for.


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