Negative Space Nail Art Ideas That Are Anything But Boring

August 28, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
In the art world, negative space refers to the area around and in between the subject of an image. We’ve seen creative nail artists all over Instagram using this artistic approach to create some really interesting designs. From abstract, colorful masterpieces to minimalist, chic approaches, this buzzy manicure trend is super versatile. Whether you love a good excuse to do a DIY manicure or need some inspo for your next nail appointment, we’re rounding up some of our favorite negative space nail art ideas.

Out of the Box 

Here, @amyle.nails uses both regular and matte black nail polish for a multi-dimensional look that’s really chic. To create it for yourself, try Essie in Licorice. For the matte effect, you can layer on the Essie Matte About You top coat.  

Colorful and Abstract

If you have the time and a steady hand, try experimenting with different types of designs and see what you come up with. You might end up with something really unique, just like @sparklenail_bar did. 

Bright and Swirly

Whether it’s our makeup or our manicures, we love to indulge in bright, poppy colors during the summer, so naturally when we saw this look it was love at first sight. Embrace these final days of summer by recreating the fun look using Essie Feelin’ Poppy, a vibrant orange-red nail polish. 

Hot Like Fire

If it isn’t obvious, black manicures are becoming increasingly popular as we head into fall and we’re here for it. Pair the bold, edgy color with this negative space flame design for a look that’s literally showstopping.

Simply Mint

While intricate negative space designs are stunning, they can be difficult to execute. If you’re looking to indulge in this manicure trend at home, you can’t go wrong with this look created by @surelytruong. To achieve that clean, crisp line, simply lay a piece of tape on the lower part of your nail, paint the nail and then remove the tape once it’s dry.
Photo: Amy Le

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