Thursday, 6 February 2014

Tutorial Thursday: Negative Space Nails

Hey everyone! As promised, here's this week's tutorial. I have to be up in 7 hours as I was called in to work last minute so I need to make this quick. After posting my negative space nails I had a number of requests for a tutorial, and I decided to combine that with some more valentines nails, as the day is fast approaching.  I also really wanted to try out these Swarovski studs I got from Stephen Arnold, so I decided to combine the two. Full post with tutorial steps will be after the jump


I used a base of my new favourite polish, which you'll see a review of next week, Nails Inc Gel Effect - Mayfair Lane, and then I used MASH - White, and the Stephen Arnold Crystals, topped off with a coat of Seche Vite



Step 1: Paint your nails with your base colour
Step 2: Paint your hearts in your chosen colour using a nail art brush and white polish
Step 3: Using acetone make a hole in the nail with a thicker brush
Step 4: Using the hole you've made as the basis for your space, work your way outwards toward the edge of the hole. Be patient, this is a pretty slow step
Step 5: Apply the studs using topcoat and tweezers
Step 6: Seal in your design with topcoat

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
Alice

29 comments:

  1. Amazing! But couldn't you just use a 'sticker' or 'vinyl' and paint over it? Seems a lot easier! <3

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    1. That might work if you were on a nail edge, but how would pull the sticker up from the center of your nail? Plus, my hand isn't nearly steady enough for that outline... Would be great if someone could figure that out!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I may love this even more then your first look, but it's close.

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    1. Oh, I also hope you don't mind if I use these in my Share the Love post-all credit will be given back to you with a link to your blog; however, I will happily take your photo down if you wish.

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  3. I LOVE IT!!!! I mean I LOVE all your work :)

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  4. Definitely trying this. Great idea and such a cute design!

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  5. wow.. this is amazing! i love it!

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  6. love!!! so pretty:)

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  7. Great inspiration! Cute little project

    http://lifeandcity.tumblr.com

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  8. I love these, I've never tried negative space nails before but these look fab :-)

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  9. Thank you so much for the tutorial! This look is so classy and elegant! :)

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  10. These look soooo cool, I love them!

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  11. Wow, I love the depth you get in the negative spaces with this method :)

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  12. I'm definitely going to have to try this. It's gorgeous!

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  13. It must be fun to do it. I'll try it out.

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  14. Love it, may have to attempt this look for valentines day :-) I think the negative space looks wonderful!

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  15. These nails are really pretty and perfect for valentines day, i think i will be trying this out tomoz all ready for the 14th :)
    Speaking of valentines day if you haven't got your lover a gift yet why don't you check out my gift guide for him and her http://chrisseytina.blogspot.co.uk :)

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  16. These are so cute, I love the addition of the studs! Great tutorial :)

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  17. Beyond gorgeous! I fricken LOVE that Nails Inc Pink too!
    (My wallet is seriously going to HATE me right now!)

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  18. Step 2: Paint your hearts in your chosen colour using a nail art brush and white polish.
    So 'your chosen color' is white whether you want it to be or not, right? LOL. Cute mani.

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    1. I wonder if you could achieve the negative space using those Precision Q-tips (the pointed ones) instead of a brush.

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