Cut Out Spring Nails – Tutorial

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This Cut Out Spring Nails tutorial was prepared by the talented and self-taught nail artist Danielle Tomline/ @NailsByDaniellet from the UK. It’s a fantastic spring nail idea that can be recreated in any colour you like. That means, if like me, you’re on the opposite side of the world heading towards winter, you can use dark nail polish to adopt these Spring Spike Nails for autumn. Enjoy! – Maria, xx

easy spring nails tutorial

Cut Out Nails (also know as ‘negative space nails‘) ae one of the most popular nail trends of 2014. Particularly, the edgy cut out spike look that has featured so prominently in the recent Paris and London fashion weeks. To adapt this edgy fall nail design for spring and summer, we opted for a pastel teal polish as a base and a white sponged french tip.

This design is really quick and easy to do, perfect for beginners. It can also be upgraded to become even more eye catching. Simply use 5 of your favourite spring shades to paint each nail in a different colour (like the 1st photo).


  • Scotch tape
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Acetone/nail polish remover and a small brush to clean up


spring nails cut out nail art tutorial

  1. Apply your base coat and while it dries cut long, thin triangles from your tape. Place a triangle in the middle of each nail, with the point about half way down.
  2. Paint a thick coat of your chosen polish over the entire nail (the more opaque the better)
  3. Carefully remove the tape, pulling downwards towards the tip with some tweezers.
  4. For the soft french tips, I chose a shimmery white to make it more delicate looking in contrast with the spike. Paint a stripe of white and a stripe of your chosen colour onto a cosmetic sponge. The stripe of colour will help to blend your white nicely.
  5. Gently dab the polish onto the ends of your nails. Repeat this step if the white is too faint.
  6. Clean up with a small brush dipped in acetone and apply a top coat. Done!

spring nails with spikes

Used: OPI Nail Envy as a base, China Glaze Aquadelic, Barry M in Pearl, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

We hope you have fun recreating these Spring Nails with cut out details! Look forward to seeing your version of this design!

If you recreate this nail design, make sure you tag Danielle @nailsbydaniellet and @So_Nailicious in your photo on Instagram, we’d love to see your work!

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  • Love the cut out nails look! It looks like it might be a little difficult, but I’m willing to try it! Very creative!
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  • Michelle

    What color is that green? It’s beautiful on your hands.

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