Negative Space All The Nails
Hello again lovely people! You may remember about a month ago, I teamed up with some fabulously talented nail bloggers to create a themed link-up. I am participating for the second time and today, I get to share my designs with all! Can you believe that I’m actually sharing nail art twice in one week? I don’t think that’s been done on my blog until now! I’m happy to be stretching my nail art wings. :)
The theme for September’s link-up was negative space. I haven’t incorporated all that much negative space into my nail art repertoire but I always admire it. I think negative space nails always look so chic, modern and even futuristic. Plus it’s fun to experiment with cool new looks. I couldn’t decide what to do for this prompt so I came up with 3 different looks. 2 turned out great and one is a fail. I decided to show you guys the fail anyway because I realized that I rarely show my fails on the blog. I do fail quite often in nail art since I’m still learning and practicing. The perfectionist in me, just won’t allow me to show them most of the time!
Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
First up is a negative space watermarble. I had been wanting to try using a clear polish/top coat in a watermarble for a while now so I thought this would be the perfect chance! I had a heck of a time trying to find a clear that would spread in the water well and not bleed into the colored polishes. I ended up using an unlabeled Wet n’ Wild top coat and it worked relatively well but I’m still going to be on the lookout for something else. If anyone has suggestions, I would appreciate it greatly! For this look, I used Zoya “Rocky” and “Lara” and OPI “Lost My Bikini In Molokini” and as I mentioned an unlabeled clear Wet n’ Wild polish/top coat. I then used China Glaze “Fairy Dust” to give it some sparkle and Zoya “Lara” again to add some french tips.
Next up is a floral mani I straight up copied from Paulina at Paulina’s Passions. I adored her version so much and I loved that she incorporated just a touch of negative space into the design. I need to practice doing smaller flowers because when I got to actually doing the little buds on my nails, they were much bigger and I thought to myself, how on earth can she paint them so small! What is this, nail art for ants!? :P I was joking of course! Haha! But seriously, such talent! For my interpretation, I used Rescue Beauty Lounge “Sunny Skies” as the base, leaving just a half-moon of nail showing and topped it with China Glaze “Fairy Dust”. Then I used OPI “ElePhantastic Pink”, “Suzi Shops & Island Hops” and KBShimmer “Eyes White Open” for the flowers. And lastly, added little leaves using Zoya “Jace”. *Toot toot* I love how this turned out!
And now for the fail… whomp whomp! I’m sure some people are going to be like, that’s not even bad! but I have a tendency to compare myself to other nail bloggers/artists. Because of that, when I try out some decals or nail vinyls, I expect that shiz to look perfect! Even the watermarble was a pain in the rear and didn’t turn out as nicely as I’d like. I started out with a layer of China Glaze “Fairy Dust” (apparently I’ve been on a “Fairy Dust” kick.) Then I used the same unlabeled Wet N’ Wild polish, OPI “Gelato On My Mind” and “You’re Such A Budapest” to create the watermarble. This time around, the polishes were bleeding into the clear polish a bit and it made the edges of the colors all pulpy looking; for lack of a better word. Plus, the polishes weren’t spreading all that well. Once that had all dried completely, I used some unicorn nail vinyls I got from Serum No. 5 and placed them on my nail, painting over them using OPI “Suzi Shops & Island Hops” and removing the vinyl almost immediately. As you can see, the unicorn on my pointer turned out the best and then from there, they just get worse and worse until it basically turned into Mr. Tumnus from The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe on my pinkie. LOL! That’s one of the reasons I rarely use vinyls, they are difficult for me or they pull up my polish underneath even when I wait ten million years for it to dry first. I admire those who use nail vinyls on the regs!
I hope you guys liked reading this post and seeing what I came up with for the negative space theme! I will likely be participating again next month, so stay tuned for that! Please don’t forget to support my fellow bloggers who have such amazing talents and visit their posts below!