Waterfall Tutorial

When I showed you my most recent waterfall, Christine from My Nail Art Journey asked for a tutorial and I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial on this technique since waterfalls are so easy to do and so pretty!


  • A polish for your base
  • Three or four polishes for the waterfall
  • A small nail art brush
  • Topcoat
Nail Art - Waterfall

Nail Art – Waterfall


Step by step

1. Start by applying your base and let it dry.

2. With a small nail art brush, paint strokes of colors with the first polish assigned for the waterfalls. Start at the cuticle and paint towards the nail tip. Stop at about half the nail. Paint the strokes irregularly and leave space in between the strokes for other colored strokes

3-5. Repeat step 2 with one color at the time

6. Clean up and topcoat your manicure


Nail Art - Waterfall

Nail Art – Waterfall


Nail Art - Waterfall

Nail Art – Waterfall

Nail Art - Waterfall

Nail Art – Waterfall

When choosing colors for your waterfall, try using contrasts both between the base and the waterfall and in-between the colors forming the waterfalls. The contrast could also consist in different finishes, like having a metallic polish together with the creams.

For the waterfall I’ve used OPI – My Vampire is Buff as a base and ORLY – Skinny Dip, pixi – very violet, ORLY – Luxe, Wet ‘n Wild – Miami spirit.



  1. August 11, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Gorgeous mani <3

  2. August 11, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Very pretty! The choice of colors is awesome!

  3. August 12, 2015 / 4:52 am

    Den här manikyren är väldigt snygg och verkar ju väldigt enkel. Ska nog ge mig på en sån manikyr nån gång:)

  4. August 12, 2015 / 6:13 am

    I love how it went out and your choice of colours!

    • August 13, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much :) I’m glad you like the colors :)

  5. August 12, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Bra tutorial och vilka läckra färger du valt. :-)

    • August 13, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      Kul du tycker det :) Tack så mycket!

  6. August 15, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    Snyggt, måste försöka testa