Monday 17 May 2021

SS21 BEAUTY TREND: Negative Space Nails

Something you may not know about me; I love getting my nails done. Whether I do them myself or go and get a manicure, it simply excites me. I've been this way since I was little and I always loved nail art. I have had every design under the sun; flowers, colour tips, checkerboard, watercolour dip... you name it I probably had it. I grew out of the nail art a little bit as I've gotten older, but I think the latest nail trend is something that is perfect for the nail art lovers, the nail art skeptics, and the minimalist nail girls. 

Negative nail space is making the rounds right now, it's hot, it's loved by all the cool girls and its another bold mood we're making after the year we've had. I'm been inspired by Pinterest and some nail technicians on Instagram, such as Harriet Westmoreland and Mannacured.

I have always loved trying nail art myself and I've done some simple bits before, so I thought why not try it myself. So yes, these nails as picture as by yours truly *claps for herself*. 

It's super simple. All you need is a clear or light manicure base - apply 1-2 thin layers and allow them to dry. Then pick your colour or colours that you want to create the nail art with; if you've got a small brush that's perfect, or you can use the very tip of your usual nail polish brush with less product to control the amount of product you are painting with. 

Now here's the fun part: literally do any design you want. The trend is lines, straight, wavy, curved - so really you're unlimited and none of your nails need to be uniform. It's all about the abstract of it. Start with one colour and work that onto each nail, add more coats if necessary and allow them to dry fully and then add other colours.

I've kept it super neutral with brown tones and I used three different ones for this look. It didn't turn out as perfect as I would like thanks to the heat here and the fact that nail polish dries out a little... *sigh*, but I'm still impressed with the attempt. 

It's such a fun way to embrace nail art whilst not having it be too outrageous. See some inspo images below that you can take to your nail tech (if you're lucky enough to have them open) for your next manicure!

What's your take on the negative nail space trend? Yay or nay? Or are you sticking to your regular style? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you're all staying safe and well! Lots of love, 

Emily xx


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