Instead of a traditional French manicure, why not try a half-moon one? The half-moon manicure features a colour on the moon of your nails whereas the French manicure highlights the tips of your nails.
Half-moon manicures represent retro Hollywood glamour and we love them. The half-moon look was popular in the 1920s when nails we commonly painted red with the half-moon part of the nail left unpainted. There have been many modern version of the half-moon look, even incorporating silver or white onto the half-moon on a darker nail.
What you need:
- A clear top coat
- Silver metallic or glitter polish (or any colour of your choice)
- Red nail polish or your choice of colour
- 10 reinforcement stickers
- Prepare your nails before you paint them. Remove any nail polish, and clean them well.
- File your nails into a rounded oval shape as this will show off the nail art the best.
- Apply 1 to 2 coats of the silver polish to your entire nail. If the colour ends up being seen a little through the red polish, it will just add an extra bit of glitz. Choose a fun metallic colour. Let them dry for a minimum of one hour.
- Let the polish dry thoroughly. Your nails must be dry before you place the reinforcement stickers on them. If not, the stickers could peel off the polish.
- When the nails are dry, place a reinforcement sticker on each one with the outside of the sticker following the shape of the moon of your nail.
- If you need to, cut a slit in each sticker to allow them to lie more evenly on each nail. When they are all placed where you would like them, apply pressure to each making sure they are secure to your nail.
- Paint the top half of your nail with 2 coats of red polish. Let your nails dry and then carefully pull the reinforcement stickers off of each nail.
- Finish with a clear top coat