There’s something about having your nails painted that can completely transform the way that you feel. It gives you confidence and makes you feel a little bit better. Well at least it does for me. And am I the only one who constantly notice’s nails? I know that people always notice shoes, but for me it’s all about the nails. What nail varnish someone’s wearing, whether it’s patterned or just a straight colour, shellac or home done, I even take note of the chosen shade. That’s probably why I hate having unpainted nails. It just makes me feel so dull and boring. So when I have a nice fresh manicure, I can’t help but flash it around for everyone to see. Not that I’m saying I shove my nice new nails in people’s faces, but you know, I might have them on show a bit more then I usually would…
I know that one of the hardest things to do is pick a colour, or design. There’s so much choice out there that it can be a bit overwhelming to choose; patterned, bright, dark, pastel, glitter… Just thinking about it is confusing me! And when you’ve got work, you’re slightly more constricted. Something sensible, without being boring and still on trend can be hard to find. But look no further, I have your perfect solution right here!
The negative space look is something that just keeps coming back. First seen in 2015, it’s still going strong through 2017, and will be a hit throughout the year. A look that Jeremy Scott revoked on the catwalk; it’s super simple, and has that effortlessly beautiful look that is perfect for so many reasons. No idea what is it? Don’t worry, here’s it in simple terms; a base of one colour, this can be bright or quite neutral. With one small detail that transforms the look from every day to something a bit more exciting. This can be anything from a horizontal line, to a simple dot. The look is in the small details that transform an otherwise basic manicure.
I love this because it’s so effortless, but has a touch of fun. It lets you be creative, mixing and matching any colours that you want. You can go for crazy colour combinations or something more understated, the aim is to pick two colours that you love and go for it.
So, here’s a super simple nail design for you to try. No extravagant or hard to use equipment used, all you need to complete this look is a blunt pencil! And if you’re a newbie to patterns and want to experiment a bit more, then this a great one to try for your first steps. In the words of nail artist Keri Blair, “sometimes the simplest detail is the most effective”. You’re definitely right there!
Sometimes, simplicity is best…
Watch This Space Nail Art
It’s all in the detail…
What You Need:
- Base Coat
- Base Colour Nail Varnish – I used a Light Pink
- Dot Nail Varnish – I used Champney’s ‘Darker Shade of Pink’
- Clear Top Coat
- A Blunt Pencil
Getting The Look:
- Apply base coat to all nails and allow to dry
- Use your chosen base nail varnish (I used a Light Pink) and apply a thin layer to each nail
- Allow to dry before applying a second coat to each nail.
- Once the your nails are dry, use the brush of the nail varnish to apply your chosen ‘dot’ shade to the blunt end of a pencil (I used a bright pink to contrast with the lighter pink shade underneath)
- Gently press the blunt pencil onto the bottom of your nail, near the cuticle, hold for a seconds and lift off to create the dot
- Reapply nail varnish to the pencil after each nail and repeat on all your fingers until complete
- Allow to dry, apply a layer of clear top coat and clean up any varnish around the sides of your nails.
- Sit back and admire your new manicure!
Want to stay up to date and receive exclusive content and recipes? Follow me and never miss a moment!
Have something to say? Just sprinkle your thoughts and let me know what’s on your mind…