Nail design

With these cool and trendy Negative Space Nails, less is more!

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Whether nail design or nail polish, there will always be some news when it comes to nail trends. For a while now, negative space nails have been very popular. Here we reveal what this attractive nail creation is all about and how you can imitate this trend in the comfort of your own home. In our picture gallery you will find great negative space nail design ideas with which your fingernails will attract everyone’s attention.

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The diverse nail trends offer us a wonderful opportunity to express our personality and fashion consciousness. The news in the beauty world is actually a perfect occasion to try something new. When it comes to nails, this view applies with full force. So you can create a real eye-catcher with the Negative Space Nails.

What is behind the term “Negative Space”?

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This nail art trend has been popular since the autumn-winter season 2017/2018. Behind the strange term “negative space” is a nail polish trend in which the art of skipping is very important. This trendy nail design is created by deliberately omitting parts of the nails. While with the other nail arts the desired shape is drawn on a colored background, here the patterns are created by leaving a piece of the natural nail free.

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Although the Negative Space Manicure sometimes looks particularly elaborate and sometimes requires a bit of skill, the look can be easily reproduced with the right technique, even by inexperienced people. Whether different geometric shapes, crescents, circular or rectangular surfaces, with the popular negative space trend you can create designs that make the beauty heart beat faster.

How is the negative space created? – Instructions

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In the following, we will explain the basics for creating negative space nails step by step.

Required materials:

transparent or nude-colored basecoat

transparent top lacquer

self-adhesive stencils

colored nail polish

paint brush

Tweezers or rosewood sticks

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How to do it:

1. Remove any remaining varnish from your nails. File them into the shape you want and slide the cuticles back.

2. Then paint your nails with a base coat and let the coat of varnish dry well.

3. Take a self-adhesive stencil and stick it on the nails where you want. If you have a steady hand and you dare, you can of course also apply the desired pattern by hand with a fine brush.

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4. Next, the desired nail polish color is applied. As soon as the varnish has dried but not completely hardened, carefully remove the stencil using tweezers. If you have decided on a multi-colored design, you should start with the lighter nail polish and work your way up to the darker one.

5. Finally, you should seal the resulting nail design with a transparent top varnish.

Instructions for great nail design with black nail polish and metallic accents

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The following materials are required for this somewhat edgy, but undoubtedly nifty Negative Space nail design:


Top coat

Black nail polish

Nail polish brush (please first clean the brush with nail polish remover)

rose gold striped ribbon

Cuticle scissors

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1. After the base coat is dry, draw crescents on each nail with the black nail polish. Carefully fill in the area with the same brush. It is up to you whether you follow the natural shape of the white nail moon of your nails or draw larger crescent moons. Before moving on with the other hand, let the nail polish dry well.

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2. Now cut 10 pieces from the rose gold ribbon with the cuticle scissors. Glue it on the edge of the table or on a smooth object so it’s convenient to hand. Then stick the strips horizontally on your fingernails. Use the clean brush to straighten the tape. There shouldn’t be any bumps so that the strip doesn’t pop off later.

3. Cut off the excess tape.

4. Finally, apply a layer of top varnish and let it dry well.

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Browse through our picture gallery and find great inspiration for your next nail design. Whether minimalist, elaborate or daring, below you will find great ideas for a modern, exciting and fascinating manicure.

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