NEGATIVE SPACE NAIL ART WITH SILVER CRYSTALS AND GLITTER OMBRE
You guys, today I’m sharing a nail art I’m super excited about, because it has many of my favourite things: sparkled, crystals and holographic things. And yes, in case you were wondering, I have the same taste palate as a 6yr old. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about these nails for a hot second, shall we?
I did a pretty similar nail art a few months ago (check it out right here) and that was one of my favourite nail look to wear, EVER. I loved every second of it and every time I would look down at my nails, it made my heart a little happy on the inside. Since Summer is right around the corner, I wanted to do something similar, but a little more neutral and “nude”… Or at least as “nude” as holographic and sparkly can be.
So I decided to not apply a base nail polish, aside from the clear base coat I always apply, and make it a negative space manicure, which means that you can still see the natural nail peeking through in some places. The negative space trend has to be my favourite nail art trend at the moment, and I feel like it’s perfect for Summer. I also chose to use only plain silver crystals, as opposed to the multi-chrome ones I used last time, for a more understated and clean look. I really loved how this turned out, and if you do too, keep scrolling to see what I used and the step-by-step to get the look.
WHAT I USED
Essie Millionails base coat (Equivalent here)
*As I mentioned in my last crystal nail art post, I usually just re-use the face crystals I get for festivals on my nails after I peel them off from the sticky base they come on, since these are usually one-time use and I feel horrible just throwing them away. I don’t mind this extra step because it makes me feel good knowing I’m reusing and repurposing something instead of just throwing it away, but as I mentioned above, if you want to keep it simple and cut to the chase, you can order the crystals I linked above, that are specifically designed for nails and come ready to use already.
First, make sure that your nails are clean and oil-free. This manicure, even though it’s not hard to do, takes a bit of extra time, and you want to make sure that your nail is prepped properly, so it lasts as long as possible.
Apply one thick coat of base coat. I use the Essie Millionails (which is sadly discontinued - so I linked the current equivalent for you guys above) but you can use whatever base coat suits your needs the best. Let that dry completely (approx. 5 min) and move on to step 3.
Create an ombré effect starting on the top of each nail with the Holographic glittery nail polish. To get that effect, I usually drop a small drop of nail polish on the very top of the nail and then slowly drag it down with a stippling motion. This step doesn’t have to be perfect or precise, since it’s gonna be in part covered with the crystals.
Once your nails are dry, you can apply a thick coat of the Essie Gel Couture top coat (or your favourite long-lasting top coat) and quickly position the crystals on it before it dries. In this case, you’re using the top coat as the “glue” for the crystals, so when it dries, it’s all fixed firmly in place.
Hot tip: You’ll want to make sure to apply a THICK coat of top coat to make sure that the crystals have a good grip on your nail, otherwise the crystals will fall quickly and you hair will constantly get stuck under the edges of the crystals. That also means that you’ll want to allow that step an extra 10-15 minutes to dry before moving on to the final top coat. That might seem like a long time, but I usually do my nails while I’m watching something on my computer or responding to emails, so it’s not like I’m just waiting around for 15 minutes not doing anything else… It’s all about multi-tasking, guys!
Finish off by applying a thin coat of clear top coat on top of everything, just to make sure everything is sealed in place.
Normally, this type of nail art lasts for about 4-5 days on me, after which I’m usually ready to switch it up anyways.
I hope you guys enjoyed this nail art tutorial, and would love to see what it looks like if you decide to recreate it or create your own version of it! Tag me on Instagram @thehungarianbrunette if you post pictures of your THB inspired nail art, and I’ll repost them on my stories for my IG fam to check out!
Love you guys,