C776aa9cf67af1b5efe1 negative space nails

Since nearly-naked nails with a touch of color made an appearance at the Alice & Olivia and Proenza Schouler runway shows, negative space nail art has returned. The beauty of this trend is that it appeals to nail art enthusiasts and plain mani devotees alike. Take a peek at our favorite takes on the minimalist look.

Nearly-naked nail art for beginners:

Nail art novices, rejoice! All it takes to recreate the fashion trend is a simple swipe of polish—literally. Much like the single stripes of color spotted at Vera Wang, the look is all about clean lines. Use striping tape as a guide for your lines, and don’t forget to clean up the nail with acetone when you’re done painting.


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Try different nail shapes:

Random shapes in a bold hue add interest to natural nails. The style is perfect for masking imperfections and adding dimension to plain tips. An elongating nail shape, such as almond, is key to this look.




Playing with nail tips:

Adding a touch of color to your tips mimics the versatility of the French manicure but looks more edgy and modern. For an ultra-sleek look, use a perfecting base coat before adding color.