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Blue Ombre Nail Art for Autism Awareness Month

By on April 2, 2013
in Blue, Nail Art, Nails Inc., OPI, Revlon

Kids may not be in my life plan but I know mothers, like my friend Sara, who have children on the Autism Spectrum. And even though it’s a fictionalized account, I cry on a weekly basis watching Parenthood and the struggles Christina and Adam deal with in raising their son Max with Asperger Syndrome.


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April is Austism Awareness Month so in support of the daily challenges the mothers of autistic children face and to bring awareness to the cause, I polished my nails in a blue ombré manicure. With so many fun blues released for spring, it was hard to narrow down my selection. I wanted to show you colors I haven’t swatched yet so I chose Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden, OPI OPI… Eurso Euro and Revlon Brilliant Strength Mesmerize.

I started with a base of OPI… Eurso Euro a vivid, royal blue creme. The pigmentation on this one is great. I only needed two coats and it applied extremely smooth. The flat OPI Pro Wide brush is perfect for my nails though it can be too wide for peeps with slender digits.


Next, I used a damp makeup sponge to create the ombré effect. I painted three stripes on the sponge in this order: Nails Inc Chelsea Psychic Garden (baby blue creme), Revlon Brilliant Strength Mesmerize (an electric sky blue creme) and OPI… Eurso Euro. I dabbed the sponge on my nail to blend the shades. I added a second coat to intensify the colors. For a more detailed tutorial, check out this ombré manicure I created for L’Oreal .


By the by, you know how I ripped on the traditional Revlon formula? Well, I still have my reservations about the base line but, like my discovery with COVERGIRL Outlast, the Brilliant Strength and ColorStay lines are the BUSINESS.

Nails Inc Chelsea Psychic Garden is available on in a full size bottle ($9.50) or in the Spring/Summer 2013 mini set ($25). OPI… Eurso Euro is available now at retailers nationwide including ($9), OPI’s first authorized online seller. Revlon Brilliant Strength Mesmerize is available at drugstores and mass retailers.

Do you like my ombre look? Oh and do you call it an ombre or gradient? No matter what I call it, someone always wants to correct me. I say, until I see it in Merriam-Webster it doesn’t really matter. It’s nail polish, not life and death.

So are you planning to wear blue nails this month for Autism Awareness? What shade? Looking for more inspiration, check out the ah-MAH-ing puzzle piece manicure over on Let Them Have Polish. I’m normally not a fan of stamping but this one is a great exception to that rule. Visit for more info.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Nails Inc, OPI and Revlon. Affiliate links may appear via a third party link service. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. #showmeyourblues | Upclose & Polished | April 11, 2013
  1. sara says:

    Well, you know *I* will be wearing blue nails this month. Today it’s CoverGirl Out of the Blue. Tomorrow? Don’t know. But I have lots of blues to choose from. :D

  2. Maria says:

    The way I differentiate ombre/gradient to myself: ombre = within one color family (ex. light blue to dark blue), and gradient = transitioning between totally different colors. That’s just how I see it. :)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Oh I like your definition. I just figure if they call it ombre when hair goes from light to dark, why not do the same with nails? Not that gradient is wrong either.

  3. Cindi says:

    I love this blue look. I’m definitely doing this with my next mani!

  4. NailPolishFan says:

    Love the blue ombre nails. I;m rockin Sally Hansen’s Blue It. It’s one of my favorite blue nail polish.

  5. Tina says:

    OMG! Love your ombre nails, the combination is so gorgeous! I like the idea that you chose these colors for the celebration of the Autism Awareness Month. I’ll also join this challenge, to think that blue is in for the Spring. Perfect!

  6. Sharon says:

    I love the ombre look and I just hate it when people feel the need to correct me on something like that.

    I support Autism awareness but just can’t wear blue nail polish any longer – it looks terrible on me.

  7. Jenni says:

    I loved the way you did the ombr

  8. Katie Henna says:

    Oooh this is too cool. I will totally be doing this. Also- I agree with Maria’s definition between gradient and ombre.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Alexis, I, for one, am not pregnant. So there is no harm in me wearing blue nail polish to support Autism Awareness. Secondly, nowhere in this post do I condone or suggest that a pregnant mother wear nail polish. That is a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor. Thirdly, the second article you link to is a very rare and specific situation of nail polishes that contain the toxic three. Those brands aren’t found commonly in most of the US and it wasn’t even every color from those brands, only select ones. While I’m open to criticism, calling a non-pregnant woman ridiculous for wearing nail polish to support a cause is, well, ridiculous.

      • ReaderRita says:

        Well said, Michelle.

        • Lexi says:

          *Applaudes ^.^* Goes to show you that you can state your opinions and facts in a respectful, intelligent way without using swear words and demeaning phrases. There’s hope yet ;)

  9. ReaderRita says:

    I must say, I’ve got a slew of new Maybelline Color Show blues in front of me, waiting patiently for me to get done doing dishes and cleaning house- then they’re going on mah tips! I think I’ll start with Blast Of Blue. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some work to do…

  10. Aleeta says:

    Wow! That is beautiful. Love the ombr

  11. Lexi says:

    Very nice! Love the look and the show of support for those suffering from this terrible illness and thier families.

  12. Linda says:

    I call it ombre. To-may-to, to-ma-to I guess!
    Either way it’s beautiful!!

  13. Hi! I saw this on Pinterest this morning & was inspired to do it myself! I used greens & gold and it turned out pretty damn rad! Thanks for the great idea!