The following post was written by Elle Sees , who blogs at Elle Sees  and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty .
Get your nails ready for the Fourth of July with this easy and fast tutorial! You'll need: Revlon Scented Parfume Nail Enamel  ($5), Essie Nail Color Blanc  ($9), Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Calpyso Blue ($6), Ulta Beauty wedge makeup sponges ($2), and scissors.
To protect your natural nails, paint a base coat like Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth and Strength Base Coat  ($8), and allow it to dry. Then paint a coat of white polish, and allow it to dry.
Using scissors, cut the makeup sponge in half. Dampen the sponge — this is the key to the ombre look. Take one piece of sponge and paint red on it. Then place the sponge at the top of the nail. Rock it back and forth, and then remove. Dab on more red where needed. You'll repeat the process but with blue. Put the sponge on the base of the nail and rock back and forth. Dab on any blue where needed. If needed, you can cut another section of sponge, paint white polish, and dab on any areas needed. Add a clear topcoat or add glitter!