Rainbow Nails

Make ‘one day over the rainbow’ every day, with this colourful nail art idea that’ll get all the beauty pack talking. A quick and easy way to add a pop of vibrancy to your look (not to mention fun!), our rainbow nails tutorial is one to trial this summer.

Rainbow Nails

What Do I Need to Create Rainbow Nails?

  • Colourful nail polish (red, yellow, white, blue, purple)
  • Nude nail polish (for base coat)
  • Transparent top coat
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Step 1 – Draw a white zig zag stripe

Rainbow Nails Step 1

We’re going for a single-nail art look so we’re going to apply this rainbow design to the ring finger. But, this can also be applied to as many nails as you like. First up, ensure you’re starting on a neutral base and apply a couple of coats of nude base coat. Once this is dry, take white nail polish and draw a zig zag diagonal line close to the tip of the nail.

Step 2 – Draw a lilac stripe

Rainbow Nails Step 2

Once the white line has completely dried, take lilac nail polish and draw a line alongside your white line.

Step 3 – Draw a blue stripe

Rainbow Nails Step 3

Again, repeat step 2 but this time with a light blue stripe.

Step 4 – Draw a yellow stripe

Rainbow Nails Step 4

Next take a sunshine yellow nail polish and draw a line alongside the blue stripe.

Step 5 – Finish with a red stripe

Rainbow Nails Step 5

To complete the colours of the rainbow, draw a red stripe. The key is to get as close to the cuticle as possible to create a rounded finish. To seal the design and to add a gloss, apply a transparent top coat.


Step 6 – Paint all nails alternating block colour

Rainbow Nails final image

To continue the multi-coloured nail art look, paint the rest of your nails alternating block colours that’s featured in your rainbow nail.