Sunday, 14 July 2013

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

Since you guys love the waterfall looks as much as me, here's a tutorial detailing how I do it! It's a really simple process that I've explained as best I can in my previous posts but I know pictorials always shed a lot of light when it comes to nail art so I hope you enjoy it! If you only want to see the video, just scroll down to the end of the post.

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

For this nail art, all you need is:
- A base colour and a selection of others for the waterfall. I'd say about 4-6 is a good number but it's entirely up to you!
For this tutorial, I used NYC Lavender Cupcake as my base colour and Sally Hansen Plum Luck, Rimmel Purple Reign, NYC Power of Elements and China Glaze Tart-y for the Party as my waterfall colours.
- A top coat of your choosing. My current favourite is No7 Stay Perfect.
- Acetone (not pictured) for cleaning your brush and cleaning up at the end.
- A nail art brush...

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial
...the brush is a very important ingredient for this style of nail art. You'll need one that's thin, at least 10mm long and that tapers off at the tip. You can get these in a set from eBay.


Start by painting on your base coat and letting it dry.

Waterfall Nail Art TutorialUsing your nail art brush and Colour #1, paint on a few staggered lines starting just over the edge of the polish at your cuticle and working towards the tip of your nail. Vary the length of the lines too.
As you get to the end, lift the brush tip slightly away from the nail to get the tapered point on each line.

Take Colour #2 and paint more lines just to the side of Colour #1.

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial
Colour #3 goes to the side of Colour #2...

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial
...and so on!

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial
Finally, add a top coat and use a nail art brush dipped in acetone to clean up around your cuticle line.

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial

Update

Now there's a video tutorial too!


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53 comments:

  1. Yay!! Thanks for doing a tutorial! This is awesome and definitely going on my list of things to do :D

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  2. This is definitely something I may recreate for the first day of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge i'm hoping to start on the 1st August! This was such a helpful tutorial! I thought I would be bored of this style now but the neon one really refreshed it for me!

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  3. OMG I am obssesed with this look and today I posted mine :) OFC I gave you the credit since you are a nail art master - but here it is: http://baroquefool.blogspot.com/2013/07/zyra-rise-of-thorns-in-3-for-1-nail.html
    P.S.: Sry for spaming with a link :)

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  4. I really adore this look! I have some new brushes coming in and I'm going to try this with neons when it arrives! Thanks for the tutorial, I have enjoyed every one of these you've done so far!

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  5. We need to get you a Pin it button :-)

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    1. You're right Michelle, I just added a bit of code :) Now there should be an option to pin the top left of each picture when you hover over it. How's that? x

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  6. neat! I think this look could be used for several color combinations...and it super easy!

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  7. fabulous job - I love your tutorials x

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  8. THANK YOU! I can't wait to try it <3

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  9. Tried the waterfall earlier this week based on your instructions & it worked great, got plenty of compliments! Thanks for doing the tutorial ^_^ x

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  10. Nice tutorial! Really want to try this!

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  11. Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial! And I love the colors you used for this.

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  12. Awesome! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  13. how do you get such a clean edge near your cuticles? I can never get it that clean! it's been a mystery to me for months now.

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  14. this is the BESTE combo ive seen untill now!!!
    but i thought the technique how to make this make would be selfexplaining :P
    love from germany

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  15. Sammy these are just so perfect :). I will definitely be trying these out this week xx

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  16. yay i've been wanting a tutorial for this!

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  17. So perfect. Thanks for this awesome tutorial. As always you do such perfect manis.

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  18. Thanks Sammy, I'm going to try this soon and will be sure to credit your tutorial in my blog post :) x

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  19. Love these colours together! Do you find the NYC polishes to be good quality? I've only purchased one and it was awful, but thinking it may have been a bad bottle as I've seen a few bloggers using them

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  20. I love the hint of shimmer going on in the design, great colour choices.

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  21. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  22. So simple and pretty! Great tutorial :)

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  23. Another gorgeous one! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  24. I'm in love with this style of a manicure! So easy & versatile!

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  25. so gorgeous ~ im going to try it ^^

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  26. I shall try asap after i grab some nail art brushes. great tutorials as always! (:

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  27. Beautiful! I did something similar for an Independence Day fireworks mani, such a fun effect! Also love the no7 topcoat too, it's one of my favs! :D

    Aysh xoxo

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  28. Gorgeous! I did one in warm colors but now I have three other ideas and I can't wait to do my nails :D

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  29. Beautiful! Do you dip the brush in the polish bottle or pour some out on a palate?

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  30. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Definitely gotta get myself some of those brushes so I can try this out! Sadly New Look is sold out at the moment though! :(

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  31. Gorgeous mani and great easy to understand tutorial. This is definitely going to be the mani I get home and try tonight! Thanks very much for posting a how to so people can try to re-create :0)

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  32. Ooo never seen this kind of nail art before. Absolutely love it, definitely going to give it a go. Thanks :) xx

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  33. could you use a pencil for it too?

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  34. Ohhh girl§ Great Style ! This looks amazing no matter which colour combo you've used! I had a try on it, maybe you could check and tell me what you think about it?
    :D

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  35. I've just tried it, and it is amazingly easy and SO beautiful! :-)

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  36. Nice tutorial! But why - waterfall?! It reminds me more - grass in the meadow! ;D

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  37. Love, love, love this! It's super awesome! Would you mind sharing what brush you use to clean up your cuticles with. I now how to do it but have always had a hard time finding a brush perfect for the job. Thanks in advance!!!

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  38. Thank you for the tutorial, it was very helpful and clear. :) I made my own version for this nail design with purple and pink stripes in a white base, I think it worked alright as well.

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  39. Thank you for the tutorial! I want to try this nail design :)

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  41. In love with this. Would definitely try it out

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  42. Thank you for this tutorial!! It's very nice, I Love it :)

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  43. thts so clever ty for shaing this

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