I‘ll be the first to admit negative space manicures weren’t something I rushed to recreate when they were hot off the runway. At first I thought it looked like an unfinished manicure, and if I would attempt it, I’d feel bad for leaving my unpainted parts “exposed” to the world. Hey a girl can have sensitive nails, right?
Fast forward months and months of the trend being on-trend, and now I can finally say I’m ready to give it a go! So how about we learn how to do a negative space manicure together!
- First things first, I knew I needed to start with a good base coat, so I grabbed for my favorite, Naked Manicure by Zoya Naked Base. Seriously good stuff. ♥
- Since at least 1/3 of my nail was going to be “in the buff” I figured I’d make her look the best she could by adding 1 coat of Naked Manicure Perfector in Pink Perfector. This really smooths out my nails and makes the base look nice and fresh. ♥
- Now comes the fun part -the color! I decided to go bold with Zoya Kitridge, a neon pink. If you think it’s bright in these photos you’ve got to see it in person, girl – wow! The hardest part for me was to figure out how much nail I should leave bare and how much I should paint. I decided to go in by painting 2/3 of my nail and leaving the rest. Oh and if you’re wondering how I got that kind-of-straight line, trust me I tried to free hand it but things didn’t go so smoothly. I was fresh out of nail tape (actually I’m kidding I’ve never purchased such a thing!) Instead I had to improvise by borrowing my husband’s electrical tape to make a straight line, covering up the part of the nail I didn’t want painted, and I must say it worked so well to apply and remove I just might try it again…♥
- After the color dried I topped it with one coat of Naked Manicure Glossy Seal top coat and then for a Valentine’s Day touch, while the top coat was still wet I added a single black heart stud from a nail design kit I purchased awhile back. One final coat of Glossy Seal wrapped things up and now I can say I’m ready to boldly take on Valentine’s Day! ♥
I actually ended up liking my negative space manicure so much I think I’ll try it again – maybe with some more subtle colors like nude or a creamy lavender or even a cobalt blue for fun!
Have you tried a negative space manicure before? If not be sure to let me know if you are going to give it a try!
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