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Negative Space Flower Nail Art Tutorial

Put a twist on your typical flower nail art with a design built on a blank background for an airy appearance. If you can make dots, you can pull off these flower nails!

Negative Space Flowers Nail Art Tutorial

This nail art tutorial is another gorgeous floral design, but this time with a little twist—negative space! For those of you unfamiliar with the use of negative space in nail art, it's where you leave your nail exposed and paint a design directly on top or you remove part of the nail polish to expose your nail once you've painted it. For these flower nails, I didn't actually leave the base entirely exposed as I first painted the nails with a layer of the translucent pink Shell We Dance? by Sally Hansen to give them an almost milky sheen at the end.

Here are the supplies you'll need: a dotting tool, a thin nail art brush, a clear base coat or soft pink polish, a clear topcoat, yellow nail polish, peach nail polish, white nail polish, and mint green nail polish.

Negative Space Flowers Nail Art Tutorial

1. Paint your nails with a base coat or a soft, translucent pink. Once dry, use a dotting tool to add widely spaced yellow dots. (My yellow is Mellow by Graffiti Nails.) Because the yellow dots are the centers of your flowers, make sure you leave enough space between them to add the petals.

Negative Space Flowers Nail Art Tutorial

2. Using a thin nail art brush, paint around some of the yellow dots with your peach color. (I used Peach Melba by Models Own.) You may need to touch up the yellow dots once you're done as they tend to get slightly covered by the peach polish.

Negative Space Flowers Nail Art Tutorial

3. Repeat Step 2 with your other colors. (I used Flowers in Her Hair by Deborah Lippmann and Coconut by Barry M.)

Negative Space Flowers Nail Art Tutorial

4. Add a topcoat to seal in and smooth out your design. After my initial topcoat dried, I added a matte topcoat to give the look a more dreamy feel. You can choose to do that or simply be done after you add the glossy coat.

Hope you give this fun flower nail art a try this summer. It would be perfect for a garden party or wedding. Enjoy!

Negative Space Flowers Nail Art Tutorial

For more nail looks from Alice, visit One Nail to Rule Them All.

Alice Sanderson

Hi! I'm Alice, I'm 19 years old and I'm in my second year studying history at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. I've been doing nail art for about three years, having started in order to stop myself from biting my nails. I used to think of nails as a backup to my degree, but now I’m not so sure!

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