One of my favourite type of nail art designs is negative space nails. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s basically a cut-out, so you are leaving a portion of your nail blank. I find these designs are often very sexy! For me, the Queen of Negative Space is Christina Rinaldi aka Prima Creative. She’s a professional nail technician and has a studio in NYC. She posts beautiful photos on Instagram, make sure to take a look!
I’ve been meaning to recreate one of Christina’s famous negative space designs. I chose this one and thought it was a quick and easy design I could whip up in half an hour. How wrong I was… These were so tough! It took me probably 1,5 hours to do both hands and then I still wasn’t 100% pleased with the outcome. I’m afraid I have to label these a #nailfail. Maybe it would have worked better with black?! I couldn’t get the white as opaque as I wanted and by the time I did it was just so thick. I think the original design is created with gels which makes more sense since you can “clean out” the open space instead of carefully freehand the positive design.
Before I took these off I tried to outline the negative space with black to see if I liked it better that way. It did help but I still wasn’t feeling these so off they went. As much as I love this design, I think it’s better suited for long almond nails.
The polishes I used were Rimmel Let’s Get Nude as a base, Cirque Colors Memento Mori, ORLY Instant Artist striper in Crisp White and in Jet Black, and Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. Do you ever get so frustrated creating a design you can barely stand to look at the outcome? 😀 Let me know in the comments about your nail fails!