Waterfall nail art is a simple but beautiful design. To create waterfall nails, a nail striper or thin paint brush is used to paint several different colors of streaks from the base of the nail toward the tip. Or, in the case of reverse waterfall nails, from the tip of the nail toward the base.Â Â Instead of running the stripe along the entire length of the nail, the stripes only extend about halfway up or down the nail. The lengths of the stripes can be uniform or staggered to create different effects.Â The brush is lifted slightly at the ends of the brush strokes to create a tapered effect. The end result is a fingernail that looks like polish is cascading down the nail, much like a waterfall cascades over a cliff.
Waterfall nail art can be created with any colors you like. Cool colors, particularly blue, make amazing waterfall nail art designs, since they are more closely associated with actual waterfalls. Silver or glitter polish can also be added to give a sparkling water effect. Don’t feel like you have to use cool colors to create waterfall nails, though. You can use any colors that your heart desires!
Not sure where to get started with your waterfall nail art? Here are 15 amazing examples of waterfall nails to give you some inspiration…
1. Teal and Silver Waterfall Nails
A beautiful teal base color with silver, white, white and blue streaks resemble a real waterfall.
Do play around with different colors for your waterfall nail art. The different color combinations for waterfall nails is limitless, and you might be surprised at some of the colors that work well together! This technique does require something of a steady hand, but notÂ too steady of a hand. You don’t want your stripes too uniform or perfect. That’s part of the beauty of waterfall nail art!