Saturday, November 27, 2021

Trend to Try: Negative Space Nail Art

While we at SPICE are busy thinking about our ‘love of fashion’ this month – February being the month of love and the start of mainstream Fashion Week – we’re also keen to express our infatuation with trends, and in beauty, nails are all a part of the romance.

On the catwalks that set the pace for trends emerging for Spring/Summer’15, not a single talon was neglected, with all seen painted to infinite detail or left deliberately ‘undone’ in places to create the look we’ve become obsessed with here on Team SPICE: the negative space manicure.

Yes, the new way to do nails has the wearer leaving a stripe or several on the nail-bed bare for a voguish, slick appeal. And, spying it on the runways of Creatures of Comfort, Charlotte Ronson, Sophie Theallet, Prabal Gurung and more, one should’nt be caught without it while courting the front row at this month’s shows…

At Rodarte's Spring/Summer'15 showcase, nails were left pretty much empty for an undone look...
At Rodarte’s Spring/Summer’15 showcase, nails were left pretty much empty for a raw and ‘undone’ look…

At Clover Canyon, we spied (just about) a sliver of negative space through a tangerine polish - a subtle and classy take on the trend.
At Clover Canyon, we spied (just about) a sliver of negative space through a tangerine polish – a subtle and classy take on the trend.

...For ?? it was a similar story, with the look being made up of two shades of orange, broken in the middle by a flash of bare nail.
…For Zimmerman’s Spring/Summer’15 it was a similar story, with the look being made up of two shades of orange, broken in the middle by a flash of bare nail.

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One of our favourite versions of the trend though, came from Charlotte Ronson’s showcase, where the look was done in deliberately alternating half moons made up in a chilling mint green.

And the new nail phenomenon isn’t just bound to the runways, either – celebrities are at it too, with some ofour favourites being seen rocking the trend;

Badgal Rih, showing off her trendy tips in true Rihanna style...
Badgal Rih, showing off her trendy tips in true Rihanna style…

Katy Perry has been seen showing off her multi-hued negative space nail art...
…And singer Katy Perry has been seen showing off her multi-hued negative space nail art on Instagram…

Seeking to try the negative space nail look yourself? From complex cutouts to simple half moon-icures, the possibilities are endless. Just follow our step-by-step below for a fast way to get into the trend…

GET THE LOOK: Charlotte Ronson’s S/S’15 Mint Green and Half Moon Manicure

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To complement a collection in feminine colours that ranged from pastel blues to navy, mint and cream, nail artist Miss Pop created a look at Charlotte Ronson’s showcase, made of alternating, cut-out half moon shapes. With the OPI hue that was used slated to launch this month as part of the brand’s Spring/Summer’15 collection, we at SPICE say snap it up and get involved with the look with these simple steps.

  1. On one the first hand, paint the pinky, middle and pointer fingers with the mint green polish, leaving a natural half moon at the base.
  2. On that same hand, paint a mint green half moon to the base of the ring and thumb fingers, leaving the remainder of the nail natural.
  3. On your other hand, paint the ring and thumb fingers with the mint green polish, leaving a natural half moon at the base.
  4. On that same hand, paint a mint green half moon on the pinky, middle and pointer fingers, leaving the remainder of the nail natural.
  5. Lastly, finish the look with at top coat. We recommend  OPI’s Top Coat, $9.50 here.

And there you have it – the perfect way to SPICE up your basic manicure without delving too deeply into the sophisticated terrain of nail art. Once you’ve mastered the look (or a more complex version, should you dare) of the negative space nail, show us your attemps on Twitter or Instagram  @SPICETVAFRICA

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Image source: Laddiez.com, Lifeandentertainment.com, Sonailicious.com, Fashionspot.com, Beautyeditor.ca, Glamour.com

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