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Nails of the Day: Negative Space Glitter Manicure

Glitter and negative space designs are two of my favorite things. I figured it’s time I combined the two again. Here are today’s nails of the day:

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I layered two coats of Essie’s Dive Bar ($8.50) on my nails and used a Q-tip dipped in polish remover to create a negative space line on the mysterious black blue nails. I filled in the negative space with Elf Cosmetics’ Midnight Mystery ($2) and applied three coats of the glitter polish on the accent.

What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comments below! 

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5 Valentine’s Day Nail Art Ideas

While Valentine’s Day is meant to appreciate and acknowledge loved ones, the holiday is also an opportunity to love yourself a little bit more.

Here are five manicure ideas that will show off your inner confidence and big heart:

1. Perfectly pink digits with a negative space design that says you’re ready to try something new.

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2. Two hearts paired with metallic polish for the hopeless romantic with an edge.

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3. Plain white nails to embrace a blank slate filled with possibilities of love.

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4. A classic crimson base manicure with a plaid design for the bold lover.

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5. Glitzy nails for the Valentine that wants to show off her sweet side.

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What do you think of these Valentine’s Day designs? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nails of the Day: Gradient Negative Space Nail Art

Happy Grammy’s day! Contemporary chic meets absolute cuteness in today’s featured nail art.

I used Sugar Coat by Wet n Wild ($1.49) as a base color, added Oui! by Marc Jacobs ($18) as a gradient and layered a coat of Sparked by Wet n Wild ($4.70). To outline the accent nail I used Blanc by Essie ($8.50). I applied a nail accessory from Ocean Nails Supply in the center negative space and placed sequins from Jewelry Heist by Spoiled ($1.99) around the nail art ring.

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Here’s a time lapse video of the making of this manicure.

What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comment below!

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Negative Space Nail Art Tutorial Using Scotch Tape

If you’re in the mood to unwind with some nail art, I’ve got the mani for you! Read below and find out how you can execute a deep red wine negative space design.

Supplies: Base coat, deep red wine polish, hex glitter polish, top coat, scissors, Scotch tape, dotting pen (or toothpick) and tweezers.

You’re just six steps away from an intoxicating look.

1. Cut out ten small triangles using tape and scissors. The pieces should be small enough to create a negative space around it.

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2. Prep the nail with your favorite base coat. I used Essie’s protein base polish ($8.50). Once the polish is completely dry and hardened, use the tweezers to place the triangles on your nails. Have fun with the placement!

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3. Apply the deep red polish (I used Essie’s Bordeaux, $8.50) around the triangle to fill in the negative space. Quickly peal off the tape and be careful not to smudge the polish.

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4. Place a blot of glitter polish on paper and use the dotting pen to pick up and apply sequins. I used Pure Ice’s Dazzle Me ($9.95).

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5. Place the sequins on the nail to outline the triangle.

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6.Once the entire design is completely dry, finish off with a top coat. I used Ocean Nail Supply’s My Quick Dry Nail Lacquer.

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What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comments below!

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4 New Year’s Eve Manicure Ideas

This year I found creative expression. I will remember 2013 as the year I discovered nail art.

Though I’m little late in the game, I don’t care. I am up to something I am passionate about and I am not going to stop learning and growing any time soon. In fact, by this time next year I will be a licensed nail tech (stay tuned to find more about that in a future post).

To celebrate the discovery I am sharing with you four of my favorite nail art trends of the year. Here are four gorgeous manicures you can rock on New Year’s Eve to summon fabulous vibes for 2014:

1. Glamorous oxblood  nails paired with a gold and black glitter accent to ring in the new year in style. I’m wearing OPI Visions of Love and Wonderous Star from the Mariah Carey mini holiday set.

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2. A twist on the tip of a black prism manicure to show you’re ready to take on new challenges and let the light in 2014. I’m wearing Liquid Leather and Prism by China Glaze.

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3. Show off a sequin-filled negative space mani thats reminds others to keep their eye on you in the coming months. I’m wearing Maybelline Express Finish Denim Dash with gold glitter pieces.

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4. Up the ante at the stroke of midnight with a tape design your future self will thank you for. I’m wearing Blanc by Essie, Mirror Mirror by Orly and All Sparkly and Gold by OPI form the Mariah Carey holiday set.

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How will you remember 2013? Let me know in the comments below. 

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6 Christmas Nail Art Ideas

Happy Holidays! Tis the season to show off your nail art skills with a manicure even Mrs. Claus would wear.

Here are 6 Christmas manicure ideas:

1. A simple chevron french for the busy Christmas shopper.

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2. Edgy glitter nails for the mani maven on the naughty list.

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3.  A little something to unwrap.

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4. Kisses under the mistletoe to share your love for the season.

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5. Snowflake nails for a white Christmas.

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6. A holly jolly manicure to show your holiday spirit.

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What do you think of these manicures? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Negative Space French Manicure

Last week, Harper’s Bazaar wrote about the evolution of the French manicure. After reading about the subtle, yet chic, gradual changes the design has gone through, I executed my own edgy and unique take on the look.

My latest obsession with the negative space effect led me to create this nail art.  Innovative or just plain crazy, I’m digging the concept.

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What do you think of this look? Show me your nail art by tagging me on Instagram @nailartbysig

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