Trend to try: Blank­ing

Spot­ted on stars and mod­els ev­ery­where! This neg­a­tives­pace mani is the nail look of the sea­son. And it’s easy!

Glamour (South Africa) - - Front Page -

In art, neg­a­tive space is in­te­gral to a balanced com­po­si­tion. And on this sea­son’s run­way man­i­cures, it was key to a so­phis­ti­cated yet stylish ef­fect. “Peo­ple are over full-on nail art,” ex­plains man­i­curist Ali­cia Torello. “This is a cleaner, chicer ap­proach.” De­signer Misha Nonoo agrees: “Leav­ing part of the nail blank gives it a three-di­men­sional qual­ity.” From dots and stripes to graphic shapes, we bring you the ex­pert tips on how to do blank­ing, here.

1 GATHER YOUR TOOLS 2 DO A BASE COAT

You’ll need a base coat, top coat, sticky tape and opaque nail colours.

Use a clear base coat, as ridge fillers and tone cor­rec­tors can turn yel­low. Wait for it to dry fully (about five min­utes), then ap­ply one piece of tape to each nail, where you want to cre­ate a di­vide or a pat­tern.

3 PAINT YOUR SHADES

Paint the open area. Your pol­ish should be opaque enough that you only need one coat. Re­peat on the rest of your nails on that hand.

4 TAKE OFF THE TAPE

Re­move the tiny pieces of tape be­fore the pol­ish is fully dry. “If nail pol­ish dries on the tape, you’ll pull up the de­sign when you re­move it,” ex­plains Ali­cia. “Fin­ish one hand, peel off the tape and let the pol­ish dry, then do your other hand.”

5 ADD YOUR TOP COAT

Once all 10 fin­gers are painted, give them an­other five min­utes to dry. Fin­ish with a layer of top coat to seal the de­sign in place. “I like to use a glossy fin­ish, but you could ap­ply a matte top coat for more of a Pop Art ef­fect,” sug­gests Ali­cia.

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