Nail Trend to Try This Fall: The Negative Space Manicure

Nail Trend to Try this Fall: The Negative Space Manicure(Source: Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)For those of you itching to spice up your basic mani but who aren't quite ready to leap head-first into nail art territory, there's a nail trend brewing for fall that appeases both the creative and conservative side. With just a dash of nail color, negative space manicures add interest to a basic nail without going completely overboard with crazy colors, shapes or designs.

The concept is simple: Don't hide an unlacquered nail, but rather use the natural nail as part of the manicure design. We noticed this trend backstage during the Fall 2014 runway shows and now that summer's on its way out, we can retire our corals and yellows for a few months and give this look a go. Check out some of our favorite negative space manis from the runways, plus give a negative nail design a try yourself with a DIY look created by celebrity manicurist Jin Soon.

Nail Trend to Try this Fall: The Negative Space Manicure(Source: Imax Tree)Maybelline created a high-contrast mani for Marissa Webb by pairing Color Show in Pink Embrace and Dressed to Kill.

Nail Trend to Try this Fall: The Negative Space Manicure(Source: butter LONDON)The look at Tadashi Shoji was a gilded half-moon. Manicurist Katie Jane Hughes for butter LONDON applied butter LONDON nail foundation as a base, followed by butter LONDON nail lacquer in Marbs to create the gold half-moon and tip.

Nail Trend to Try this Fall: The Negative Space Manicure(Source: ImaxTree)We also spotted a golden French mani with a rough-and-tumble twist at Suno. Nail artist Honey for Maybelline used Maybelline Born With It as the base coat, followed by a swipe of Bold Gold across the tips.

Nail Trend to Try this Fall: The Negative Space Manicure(Source: ImaxTree)To mimic the cool graphic liner at Anthony Vaccarello, models sported natural manicures with red striped tips.

Now try this look at home. Jin Soon created this wavy look using a dotting tool and Nocturne ($18), a shade from her new fall collaboration with designer Tess Giberson.

Nail Trend to Try this Fall: The Negative Space Manicure(Source: JINSoon)Steps:

1. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat ($18).

2. Apply one coat of JINsoon Nocturne ($18) on all nails.

3. Apply a second coat of Nocturne. Immediately after applying the second coat on each nail, use a dotting tool to create a squiggly line down the nail by wiping away the nail polish, revealing the nail bed.

4. Apply a top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss ($18) to seal the negative space for a flawless finish.
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