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#31DC2015 025 // Inspired by Fashion

Happy Wednesday! I am now more than a little bit behind with the 31 Day Challenge, but that's okay. I got a lot done this weekend and took a day or two to just breathe a little, you know? I forgot how intense this challenge can be, and it all sort of caught up with me this weekend. But I'm back, I'm rested, and I'm bringing you nails inspired by FASHION...

Negative Space Nails

Negative Space Nails

White Negative Space Manicure

Negative Space Nails

Negative Space Manicure

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats Wet n Wild Private Viewing
1 Coat SinfulColors Pink Glass
2 Coats SinfulColors Snow Me White
1 Coat Hard Candy Mattely in Love
1 Coat SinfulColors Snow Me White
1 Coat Seche Vite

When it comes to this prompt, I kind of feel like anything goes! I mean, there's always solid trends for the season and everything, but lately, it seems like there are more designers really pushing the envelope and creating something totally bold and different.

Enter the Negative Space mani...

I absolutely love, Love, LOVE the way these manicures look. But, since I polish my nails so frequently, they've got a not-so-attractive yellow vibe going on. I'm sure there are whitening treatments out there that could remedy my situation, but honestly? It was a lot faster painting my nails with a nude shade. Then I had to add a little shimmer, because that's natural or I obviously have a problem?!? So... I guess I'm calling this Faux Negative Space? Yep. We'll go with that...

One day I will learn how to make white nail polish look ah-mazingly clean on my nails. This is one of those times when my nails looked really great in person, but as I'm looking at the photos... Eh. Not exactly thrilled. I was so excited to be able to finally do Negative Space, too!

Anyway.

I chose Private Viewing as my base coat because it was sheer and decently close to my skin tone. In hindsight, I probably could've used 2% Milk or OPI Bubble Bath. Both are sheer and a lot less pink than Private Viewing. But I needed to cover the yellow, so I turned to something a little bit more opaque. Rather than leave it looking like a natural nail, I added a hint of shimmer with SinfulColors Pink Glass. I didn't take pictures, but those two polishes looked really cute layered together.

To create the negative space, I used chevron nail vinyls. It took a little while to get them on all my nails, so if you're going to give this a try, make sure you've got a decent amount of time set aside! I wanted to be extra sure that the dip of the chevron was centered, and that the negative space was consistent across all of my nails.

When my guides were all good to go, I painted 2 coats of Snow Me White. At that point, I still had streaking, so I added a coat of Mattely in Love in an attempt to smooth things out. I followed that up with a third coat of Snow Me White. Using tweezers, I carefully removed the guide after the 3rd coat on each nail. I waited about 10 minutes and sealed everything up with a generous coat of Seche Vite. 

I wouldn't mind trying another Negative Space mani, but I think I'll try it in another shade. Don't get me wrong, white definitely catches the eye, but it's probably the least forgiving shade around the cuticles. Like I said, I'm not the biggest fan of the pictures, but I did love wearing this mani! 

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