Ever wonder how to perfect negative space nails, a sophisticated nail art design that incorporates parts of the natural nail with the manicure? We asked Nargis Khan, Contessa Nail Artist finalist and savvy nail tech at Tips Nail Bar in Toronto, for a tutorial on how to create amazing negative space nail designs, including the one shown here.
Get the Look:
- Apply a thin layer of base coat.
- Paint half the nail in a bright purple shade, starting from the middle of the nail to the tip.
- Clean up the middle of the nail with a detail brush to create a crisp edge.
- Using a striper brush and black polish, outline the negative space, starting with a horizontal line in the middle, then the outer edge around the cuticle.
- Apply top coat after polish has slightly dried.
To create the chevron design …
- On a new nail, apply a layer of base coat.
- Paint a light shade of purple from the cuticle to the middle of the nail.
- Clean up the edge of with a detail brush, creating a pointed V-shape.
- Paint a darker shade of purple from the middle of the nail towards the tip.
- Complete the chevron negative space by cleaning in between both colours with a detail brush, creating the same V-shape.
- Using black polish and a striper brush, outline the negative space between both colours.
- Finish with a top coat.
Pro negative nail design tips:
— Always use a natural haired bristle brush to clean up nail work.
— Use a thin striper brush to perfect lines.
— Hydrated, healthy nail beds always look best with negative space nails. Help clients keep nails healthy by using cuticle oil.
Nails by Nargis Khan, Tips Nail Bar, Toronto
Check out more of Khan’s nail art on the Salon Magazine Pinterest page!