February 24, 2015

Waterfall & Gradient Nails with Zoya Delight [Nail Art]

Howdy, everyone! Today I have a nail art look using the Zoya Delight collection for Spring 2015!

I struggled a bit deciding what type of nail design/ technique might look good with this color palette and combination of finishes. These polishes are on the sheerer side, so I didn't think taping would work out well, and I wasn't brave enough to try and watermarble the cremes. Stamping was an option, but then I was stumped trying to come up with a way to incorporate the shimmers into a stamping look.

In the end, these shades reminded me of pastel watercolors, so I decided to try to mimic that effect using gradients as well as the waterfall technique, which I'd never tried before! It really appealed to me because of the simplicity of the technique and flexibility you have to combine colors.

I like the results! For the gradient nails I started with a base color of Zoya- Lillian, and painted Lillian and Eden onto a sponge and blended them very well in the middle before sponging on. This actually created a color very similar to Leslie, but I didn't use Leslie at all in the gradient nails! The thumbnail gradient started with a base of Zoya- Eden, and then Eden and Lillian were sponged on similarly.

The middle waterfall nails are just simple stripes and it was a really easy technique! The middle nails's base is Eden, and the ring nail's base is Lillian; I just started with the contrasting creme polishes for each one, painting slightly curved vertical stripes of different lengths. I filled in the gaps with the other colors, using the shimmery shades last since they're sheerer. There is a lot of overlap and some blending did occur, but I think it looks kind of neat with the shimmers!

Next time, I definitely want to try this with a much smaller striping brush! Mine was just too chunky to be able to comfortably fit 5 stripes of different colors on each nail. Overall, though, this was a super fun, easy technique, and I can't believe it's taken me THIS LONG to try it! What is wrong with me? So fun!

I will say that it does not look good until you're approaching the end of the nail art look though- until all the gaps are filled in! Then, it magically comes together!

In case you haven't seen the Delight polishes yet, behold:

L to R: Eden, Leslie, Rayne, Lillian, Tiana, Daisy

(For more bottle shots, visit my mail-time post.)

What do you think?
Have you tried waterfall nails?
Do you have a favorite small striping nail art brush?

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.


  1. This is just so pretty! Love how light and airy they feel.

  2. This is great! I've got waterfall nails scheduled to go up tomorrow, I guess we both had them on the brain!

  3. They did! I was sad to take them off! Thank you!

  4. This is so pretty! I love how it looks, the colors go so well together.

  5. Thank you! Well, Zoya did that- not me- haha!