L.A.'s Latest Nail Trend Is The Secret To A Long-Lasting Manicure

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason.
Negative space manicures are far from new — this we know — but the latest influx to hit Los Angeles' most on-trend fingers are far from expected. In fact, it's almost as if every manicure features a peek-a-boo element as of late. Cool-girl nail hotspots like Olive & June, Mars The Salon, and DTLA's newest, Base Coat, are turning out fresh takes on the style that you already love...and have probably pinned at some point, too.

The best part? The grow out is amazing. After all, isn't it tremendously annoying when your selfie-worthy, splurge-a-licious gel mani grows out without a chip, leaving an obvious line at your cuticle? Consider these innovative spins on the designs your pass to extend your wear time for a few more days — or even weeks. And with artwork like this, why would you rush to remove it?

There are plenty of looks to choose from, too. If your heart skews towards streamlined looks you'll dig a monochromatic half-dip in your go-to hue. Or, to add some shine, try a glitter-spiked tip. Want something intricate? A half moon line drawing is right for you.

Not on the West Coast? There's no need to drop everything and book a red-eye (unless you're just in dire need of some sun, then we can't blame you). Many of these styles can be done at your own disposal with tools that you already have and colors that are already in your collection. Just make sure you have the Scotch tape and Q-tips handy, for easier clean up. Or, bookmark this page for your next manicure appointment.

Ahead, four standout ways to wear a negative space manicure like a true Angeleno.
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Trend: The New French Tips

This isn't your prom queen's mani. Instead of plain white arcs, add a sassy underline with a streak of black.
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Or, just go dark completely for a mani that's equal parts elegant and edgy. If you want to DIY, pick up a tip guide for a profesh finish.
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Is a "cat's meow" joke here too lame? Yes? K, nvm.
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Trend: The Half-Dip

Get more bang for your buck with this design, where you can invest in a gel manicure without it growing out in, like, five minutes.
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Want a super-straight line on your digits? Try using a piece of Scotch Tape as a guide.
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For the peeps that can't choose one color at the salon, this one's for you.
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Here's another two-for-one special: half moon elements on the bottom, with dipped tips up top.
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Trend: The Negative Half Moon

CND's Wildfire is even hotter, thanks to this work of art.
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Tie-dyed tips outlined in orange are what summer dreams manicures are made of...
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Enter: The lined half moon. (Swoon!) All it takes is a striper brush, stark white polish, and a dash of patience to recreate this look.
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We're still here for an accent nail.
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Trend: The Graphic Peek-A-Boo

An intricate black-and-blue set makes these hues anything but neutral.
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This fresh take on Chanel's Mariniére (a deep, dark blue) could work throughout the seasons.
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Trend: The Glitter Tip

Try not to weep in Sam Sparrow as you gaze at this hologram ombré creation.
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Layers of silver sparkle allow you to walk in a winter wonderland anytime you desire.
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Want your sparkle to stay put? Make sure you use a strong base and top coat if you try this at home.
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