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GINGHAM & (SURPRISE!) NEGATIVE SPACE

By Madeline Poole, Winter 2015

  

Gingham and plaids were in heavy rotation at the resort collections: Dior, Rochas, Bottega Veneta and more. On nails, it looks freshest against a clear background-and the negative spaces in the center heighten the modern feeling. For this look, you need the perfect translucent backdrop—I used Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Treatment. And then you actually need two different shades of any color, one lighter and one darker, to give the illusion that a sheer crosshatching is being overlapped. I used two Sally Hansen Miracle Gel colors, a light periwinkle called 'Sugar Fix,' and a deeper blue called 'Tidal Wave‘ and I finished the look with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat. Negative space is a trend that’s here to stay—it makes practically any look more clean and more fun at the same time. Products used: Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Treatment, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel: 'Sugar Fix,' and 'Tidal Wave,' and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

Step 1.

Step 1.

Smooth Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Treatment as a basecoat over every nail.

Step 2.

Step 2.

Place a thin strip of tape (metallic or paper) down the center of each nail lengthwise. Then paint your paler color in a stage line down either side of the tape (I used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel “Sugar Fix”).

Step 3.

Step 3.

Once all the vertical stripes are done, remove tape and repeat the process, again with the tape, again with the paler shade, creating horizontal stripes. TIP: Let the polish dry a bit before going on to the next step.

Step 4.

Step 4.

Using a striping brush dipped in the deeper shade, darken the points where the pale stripes intersect. I used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel "Tidal Wave."

Step 5.

Step 5.

When everything's dry, finish the look with Sally Hansen's new Miracle Gel Top Coat.


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