Nail art isn't going anywhere, but you don't have to cover each and every nail entirely in order to up your mani game. In fact, it's pretty cool to leave a little space. Plus, opting for a sophisticated and sleek negative-space nail design is just the update your basic manicure needs to feel new again. Negative space nail art relies on diverting the expected and gives nails a cool, futuristic feel we're totally embracing.
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. Interested in this style and looking to book a nail appointment stat? We sifted through Instagram to find 30 negative space nail art ideas to help serve as inspiration.
Keep scrolling to find your fave—and don't forget to save them on Instagram to show your manicurist.
We're suckers for the cow-print nail trend, so it's no wonder this black, white, and gold print mooved us (sorry).
If you love rainbow nail art but aren't ready to cover your nails fully in color, check out this half-and-half design that will let you dip your toe into the trend.
This pointy nail look is like pretty malachite crystals—which, BTW, are said to bring balance and abundance to your life.
These almond-shaped nails look that much more stunning thanks to the starry moonscape polished on each.
Looking for even more ways to create a modern French manicure? This cherub-accented nail design is worth a shot.
Simple, swirling lines are a major must in the world of minimalist nail art. Here, you can see how stunning it is to pair the delicate design with bold color.
Up next: Discover 30 pretty and delicate floral nail designs.