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my runway ready ‘negative space’ nails

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I’m a simple girl. So like my everyday makeup, I tend to keep my nail looks very minimal. But I have to admit the same old beige and pink can get a little overlooked.

Luckily enough, I had the chance to chat with Essie Canada’s Lead Nail Artist Rita Remark backstage at WMCFW (World Mastercard Fashion Week) at David Pecaut Square. Together we created a simple ‘negative space’ nail art look from Matthew Gallagher’s runway show. This nail look is a minimalist’s dream.

The soft pink says, “I’m sophisticated,” while the defined lines and matte finish give off a very ‘YEEZY’ vibe.

Loving this nail look?

    HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • NAIL POLISH REMOVER
  • POINTED ACRYLIC BRUSH
  • ESSIE FILL THE GAP TREATMENT
  • ESSIE TOPLESS & BAREFOOT
  • ESSIE MATTE ABOUT YOU TOP COAT

Step 1:

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Start by applying one to two layers of Fill The Gap Treatment.

Step 2:

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This step is a little bit tricky. Carefully apply two coats of Topless & Barefoot on both sides of the nail, leaving a gap in the middle. And because I have extremely tiny nails (or canvas, according to Rita) we ditched the actual polish brush and swapped it with a striping brush. So I suggest picking a brush that works easiest for your nail size.

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On two fingers, shorten the gap closer to the cuticle. I have this detailing on my ring finger and thumb.

Step 3:

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If you’ve already made a mess or your lines aren’t very straight, don’t worry. Dip a pointed brush or angled eyeliner brush in some nail polish remover to clean up any mess and sharpen the middle gap. In this case, Rita used an acrylic point-tip brush.

Step 4:

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Wait a minute for those nails to dry. Lastly, apply the Matte About You Top Coat.

–Alyssa

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