So here we are on the very last day of 2013! This year has had a lot of ups and not too many downs for me which is always good. It’s been a great year for The Nailasaurus – this blog was nominated for Cosmo’s Best Established Beauty Blog award for the second year running, I hit 1 million likes on Facebook and to top it all off have an amazing bunch of readers that have stuck around through thick and thin. Life is sweet!

Here’s a round-up of my favourite 13 manicures from 2013 in no particular order. I can never, ever choose just one! This was the year of Striping Tape and Waterfalls and I embraced glitter in a big way! In September, I undertook the 31 Day Challenge for a third time and, as usual, it forced me to create some of my year’s best. In 2014, I want to work on creating more freehand nail art and taking more inspiration from my favourite things. The way I used to do with movies and comics way back when!

Click on any picture to be taken to the original post!


Previously

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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