3 Negative Space Nail Art Designs

Thursday, January 8, 2015
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I recently acquired a new nail stamping plate from Born Pretty Store that I've been dying to try out. The center of the plate houses a gorgeous pattern that reminds me of both leaves and feathers. I decided to combine the stamp with the negative space trend that seems to be blowing up all over runways, magazines, and Pinterest.

I've been having so much fun experimenting with different patterns, colors, and shapes that I created 3 separate manicures with two common elements: the leaf/feather stamp and negative space. If you are curious to see step-by-step instructions demonstrating nail stamping, visit this post.

More details and pictures after the jump!

Negative Space Nails 3 Ways

For all three looks, I used:

Born Pretty Leaf & Feather Nail Art Stamp Template
Born Pretty Nail Art Stamper & Scraper
Striping Tape and/or Washi Tape

Look #1 - Metallic & Neon

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While this is the most simple design of the three, it is also my favorite. I cut thin strips of washi tape to create the negative space and used a bright blue to stamp my design over a satin-finish gold.

Polishes used:
Essie Nail Polish in Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low
UO Neon Collections Nail Polish in Wavvy
OPI Nail Lacquer in Love.Angel.Music.Baby
Essie Nail Polish in Hide and Go Chic

Look #2 - Glitter & Geometrics

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For this nail art design, I cut shapes out of washi tape, painted over them, then removed the tape. I added striping tape and Born Pretty Round Tiny Glitter to the finished design to add more variety. My matte topcoat took some of the finish off my black striping tape - a happy accident because I loved the way it looked!

Polishes used:
Essie Nail Polish in Foot Loose
OPI in 4 In The Morning
Nail Tek Hydration Therapy Topcoat Matte

Look #3 - Pretty As a Peacock

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For this final look, I used the nail stamping template as a guide and used Born Pretty Nail Art Brushes to create a multi-colored design. I used striping tape to create the fine lines on the negative space nails and layered a sheer turquoise over my neon pinky for an ombre effect.

Polishes used:
Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Caribbean Frost
OPI Nail Lacquer in Austin-tatious Turquoise
Essie Nail Polish in Fashion Playground
UO Neon Collections Nail Polish in Wavvy

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