TREND: Negative Space Nails

An emerging trend for S/S 15 as seen on the Runway, was the negative space nail art. This is where a natural part of the nail is left, either, around the sides, through the middle or in geometry shapes as seen on Kye. This can be used with a bare nail underneath or the illusion of a nail base as I have done using a nude nail polish.

I re-created the runway look at Kye as I was incredibly inspired by the design. As a fan of simple nails I tend to think nail art looks fabulous on other people just not on me, however, as a devotee to monochrome, this seems to work.

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How To Create Negative Space

  • Use a nail tape to section off the areas you want to appear bare, then use a colour of your choice on top. Let the polish dry and remove the tape


  • Paint the entire nail the shade you prefer, in this case, black or white, then use a small nail art striping brush with a nude nail colour to create the look of an unpolished section.

Products Used

Revlon Espresso nail polish

Barry M white nail polish

Collection 2000 nude


Slider image Source: Getty / Vivien Killilea