Beauty How-To: The “Negative Space” Nail Trend

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The “negative space” nail trend was seen on several runways at Fashion Week as spring looks were debuted. But what is it exactly? And how can you do it yourself? We spoke to Rebecca Isa, creative director for ZOYA, to get her expert insight.

According to Isa, negative space simply means that a portion of the bare nail is revealed as part of the look. “It’s a popular trend this season because the nails mimic the cutout accents and skin-baring designs seen in fashion,” she adds. “Fuller-coverage and metallic polishes are best for achieving these looks because they can create the cleanest lines.”

The nail look pictured above (as seen on the runway at the Spring/Summer 2015 Creatures of Comfort show at NYFW) is called “The Midi,” which involves dividing the nail in thirds horizontally and keeping the midriff of the nail bare for a sexy, organic effect. “A wide horizontal bar of color floats above a half moon of textured or metallic shimmer at the cuticle,” says Isa.

To get the look yourself, follow these four simple steps:

1. Begin by using a basecoat to ensure your nails are smooth for polish application.

2. Very carefully paint the bottom part of your nail, closest to the cuticle, with a metallic shade (ZOYA Penny was used here). Let it dry for a moment, and then follow up with a second coat. 

3. Then, use a second shade (ZOYA Flowie was used here) on the upper part of your nail, while making sure to leave a very small space between the two polishes.

4. Finish up with a topcoat to ensure that your polish lasts.

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