The Lacquer Ring Does Negative Space 

Hey There Polished People!

So, if you regularly read my posts, you’ll know that earlier in the month I chose green as The Lacquer Ring’s color prompt. As you can tell from the title of this post, I chose negative space manis for today’s design print. Does anyone know why that is a problem? Green nails…. Then negative space. The problem starts with “s” and ends with “taining.” I’m pretty sure we were all scrubbing and lightly buffing our nails this week in preparation. It seems like no matter what you do, if you wear dark green or blue polish your nails are going to pay the price. If you know a fail proof method to avoid that, make sure you tell me. 

I chose negative space as the design because it seems to be kind of hot right now. There were a lot of negative space manis at fashion week, and I’ve been seeing a lot on social media as well. I saw a black and white negative space mani on (I’m pretty sure) So Nailicious, and I think it was done by Pshiit Polish, and I had to copy it. You can see the article with the mani I recreated here.  Let’s see my version!

Black & White Negative Space Nails


How To Get These Nails

  1. Apply 2 coats of basecoat, then a coat of Seche Vite. I think this step is key because you need a decent layer of basecoat for the colored polish to “sink into” in the following steps. When I prepped my nails with just a single coat of basecoat my finished nails came out all chunky looking. Try it both ways and you’ll see what I mean. 
  2. When your nails are completely set, apply striping tape in the design of your choosing on each nails. 
  3. Using SC Snow Me White and FP Black Expressionism, fill in the desired areas with white or black polish. Do one nail at a time and remove the tape immediately after painting and pull it back almost along itself instead of pulling straight upwards to keep your lines clean. 
  4. When your nails are painted and the tape is removed, apply a thick coat of Seche Vite and ta daaaa! Show your friends. 😉 

I loved the original version of these nails, and I like mine “ok,” but I wish I would have laid the tape down in such a way that the white tips of my nails were never visible in the negative space. Overall though I thought these were pretty fun. Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s negative space manis by using the button below. Also, let me know in the comments section if you’ve ever done a negative space mani and if they’re something you like. As always, thank you all for reading and commenting and till next time- Happy Polishing!

10 thoughts on “The Lacquer Ring Does Negative Space 

  1. The problem starts with “s” and ends with “taining.” <— Shit like that is why I love you. I love how we had the same inspiration but it turned out so different. I love your version, I think it works so much better in the graphic black and white.

    • I was so surprised when I saw you had done the same design. It didn’t even click when I saw them early. And thank you, I’m quite the wordsmith. 😉

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