Negative-space nails are the ultimate time-saver, and the trend just got an upgrade with some nail framing. On the runway at New York Fashion week, models in the Ulla Johnson show rocked a simple yet totally eye-catching look. And it’s ridiculously easy to copy at home. “Creating a partial outline of the nail with this curvy design gives the nails a sexy edge by exposing the natural nail while slightly framing it with a rich pop of color,” said Mabelyn Martin, Paintbox creative director and the creator of the design, per a press release.
Unlike most of the designs you’ll see on the runway, this one only takes a couple minutes to master at home. Here’s exactly how to copy the look, according to Martin.
How to give yourself a nail framing mani at home
1. With a striping brush, trace the perimeter of the nail to the center fingertip down to the cuticle (creating a J shape).
2. Repeat for full coverage (so two coats).
3. With a touch-up brush, swipe both endpoints to ensure a crisp, squared-off edge.
4. Once dry, apply a topcoat.
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