Last June was the first time I did Cut Out Nails (or negative space nails). I was looking through some old nail pictures when I found them, and decided I needed to do an updated version! They are so much fun to do, and if they look a bit intimidating don’t worry…I have a tutorial! You can view it here.
To prepare your nails for this cut out design, you really want to make sure your nails underneath look healthy! Be sure to buff out any yellow, or even use a nude polish to give the illusion of your natural nail. For this mani, I used Julep’s new Oxygen Nail Treatment base coat that has a pinky nude tint, which helped my nails look really healthy!
Although these nails are a bit different than the tutorial I made last year, I did it a very similar way. I painted Essie Play Date and Where’s My Chauffeur on the portions of my nail, and used my nail art brush to create a straight line. To outline the cut outs, I used Essie Licorice and my nail art brush and carefully painted the lines.
As for my middle finger, I created the outline of the triangles with the black polish, and then filled in some triangles with the purple or turquoise colors. To make the black outline look really sharp, I went over it again after filling in the triangles.
Give your design a few minutes to dry, and then finish it with your favorite top coat!
What do you think of cut out/negative space nails?