Negative Space Manicure
Posted: Feb 04 2015
After negative space manis showed up on all the cool-kids' spring 2015 runways, we had to get in on the look. So what exactly is a negative space manicure? It’s one where you don’t use a base color and leave cutouts in the manicure, exposing the bare nail underneath. The best part is that this nail art trend that doesn’t require the skills of a professional nail artist, it’s one you can easily do on your own. Here’s how!
- Start by brushing on two coats of a clear base coat; thoroughly let dry.
PRO TIP: Choose a formula that best corrects your nail condition, such as extra-dry or thin nail formulations.
- Once you’ve decided on a pattern, apply nail art tape in the spots you want to expose the bare nail.
PRO TIP: The easiest patterns to create are those with straight lines. Once you try curved lines or swirly patterns, it will be much more difficult.
- Paint the nail with whatever color(s) you chose.
PRO TIP: Now is the time to get creative. Try using different colors or textures in different parts of the manicure. Maybe try blue stripes on top with a green bottom half. Also try playing around with matte, shiny or glittery finishes.
- After letting the manicure completely dry, remove the tape carefully. Clean up any sloppy lines with a corrector pen.
PRO TIP: Use a fine-tip brush to define lines.
- Lock in your design by applying a top coat.
PRO TIP: Choose a top coat with a UV filter to prevent discoloration.