9 Negative Space Manicures That Are Surprisingly Sophisticated
Nail art isn't going anywhere, but you don't have to go with a full-on 3D sushi manicure to up your nail game. Sophisticated and sleek, negative-space nail art is just the update your basic manicure needs. From graphic black-and-white color palettes to glittery accents, there's bound to be an iteration of the trend even the most die-hard anti-nail art girl can appreciate.
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The graphic black-and-white color combo of this manicure keeps the multiple designs from looking too busy.
Black outlines add structure to the dove gray and pastel yellow accents.
Models at Charlotte Ronson had their nails painted with alternating bare and filled-in half moons. Nail artist Miss Pop used OPI Nail Lacquer ($10) in That's Hula-rious. Find out her tips for getting the look here.
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Manicurist Madeline Poole used nail tape to outline these designs before using a small paintbrush to add black polish. The result is a versatile design that’s equal parts gothic and romantic.
Slim, bare stripes add a sophisticated and modern touch to a rich red manicure, without distracting from the vampy hue.
The nails at Opening Ceremony's F/W 14 show were created by Naomi Yasuda for Essie. To get clean lines, try using Scotch tape to section off diagonal portions of your nails before painting them a deep metallic blue (Yasuda used Essie Nail Polish ($9) in Aruba Blue).