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Is there anything that makes you feel more polished than a fresh gel mani? It’s just so plush, so shiny and so pristine...that is, until you’re two weeks in and the inevitable grow-out begins.

But hey, this isn’t our first time at the rodeo. We’ve gotten many a mani in our day and have finally figured out the best way to maximize the wear time of each one: negative space designs. Not only is it super trendy but it will also buy you an extra week (sometimes, two) because the growth is less obvious. 

The key is to keep the base clear (or as close to it as possible) and only add color to the top thirds (or fourths) of your nail bed. Voilà, nails for days. 

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