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10 Negative Space Nail Designs Anyone Can Pull Off

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Negative space nails are the new black of nail art! It’s an incredibly versatile nail design that suits any age and style. Even those who are not into nail art are falling for it. It looks fantastic in any colour, from pastels to brights and can be done in any kind of pattern. Simple striping tape manicures (5 and 6) or more complex hand drawn stained glass (1) they all work equally well. Plus, negative space nail designs look equally great on short or long stiletto nails. They’re so versative it’s no wonder this look has been trending on the runways at recent NYFW. That means only one thing, soon everyone will go nuts for negative space. Just watch!

So here’s the 10 negative space nail designs anyone can pull off:

  1. Stained Glass Cut Out nails by Chelsea Queen
  2. Nautical False Negative Space Nails – here’s tutorial.
  3. Fashion inspired negative nails – here’s tutorial for these.
  4. Alexander Wang Inspired nails by Camille /Pshiiit.
  5. Bright Pastel Manicure by Elina Balode – to get the look refer to this tutorial.
  6. Negative space nails using nail vinyls by Shelly /SassyShelly
  7. Minimalist chevron negative space nails by unknown artist (let us know if you know who did these)
  8. Stunning Edgy Negative space gel nails set by @Nialsbymztina.
  9. Negative space half moon manicure by Candice /ConstantlyPolished for SoNailicious.
  10. Fuzzy Details Negative space nails from the “Fuzzy Nail Art Guide”.

If you’re keen to try any of the above looks, keep in mind there are three ways of getting negative space nails. The first and easiest method –  just use striping tape (office sticky tape will do too) as per this negative space nails tutorial. Second, you can paint the whole nail and then wipe out some areas with a brush soaked in acetone. Third, just free-hand it! To learn how to do more complex negative space shapes like hearts or flowers refer to this cut out heart nail tutorial from our e-book.

So are you a fan of negative space? Which of the designs above is your favourite?

Tweet or Instagram us your creations & tag #SoNailicious, we’d love to see your nail art!

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