How To Create Negative Space Nail Art

How To Create Negative Space Nail Art

The hottest trend you need to nail this season is all about the bits you leave out…

What is it: No, we’re not talking bad vibes zones, ‘Negative Space’ is the phrase coined for a natural nail with nail art over the top

Why it’s cool: 'Floating nail art or "negative space" nails are a chic, accessible way that anyone of any artistic level can do nail art,' says Butter London’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes. 'It’s a trend that I’ve seen grow every season after it emerged at the SS14 shows.'

Floating nail art in two minutes flat: “If you only have a limited amount of time at your disposal, my favourite look to go for is a nude nail with a gold or silver over the top,” says Hughes. “Start with a coat of Butter London’s Nail Foundation Flawless base Coat, £13, which has a slight nude tint to it. Then, using a dotting tool, simply create a bead of metallic nail polish at the cuticle. It dries to resemble a little stud for a cute, edgy look in just a couple of minutes!”
Go graphic: 'A great look that works just as well in the office as on a night out is the triangle nail,' says Hughes. 'All you need is some lacquer and a thin striping brush. Taking your chosen shade – I personally love black for this - dip the striper into the polish and fashion a perfect stripe down the centre of the nail from the cuticle to the tip (you can use some sticky tape if a steady had isn’t your forte). Next, starting at the base of the nail, draw a diagonal stripe from the central line to the outer corner of the nail tip, repeating on the other side, then simply fill in. You’ll end up with a cool graphic nail that looks like it took ages but only it took 10 minutes!  Adding glitter over the top for extra bling looks great too or go smaller for a black moon triangle.'

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Make like the pros: 'For those of you who have a bit more time on your hands, I love using floating nail art to recreate a modern French mani,' says Hughes. 'It’s as simple as painting the half-moon and tip with the same colour, so that the middle part of the nail is left bare,' says Hughes. 'It looks super cool and chic with a bit of a 60s twist and is something that you can cheat by cutting out bits of tape.'

The Kit:
Butter London’s Nail Foundation Flawless base Coat, £13
Barry M Nail Art pen, £4.99
Butter London Colour Hardware Nail Art Tool Kit, £20

By Cassie Steer

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