Tutorial: Half Moon Manicure
Half moon manicures are nothing new, but I have been itching to try this nail look with some rich fall colors. I chose a very deep purple and a light gray for this look and I think it came out super cute! The great thing about this particular manicure is that it is totally simple to do on your own, but the end result looks very professional and chic! The only extra item you’ll need for this look besides two bottles of nail polish and a clear topcoat is ten reinforcement labels.
Step 1: Gather your polishes and reinforcement labels. For this tutorial, I used a light gray nail polish (Essie’s Master Plan – 680) and a deep shimmery purple (OPI’s Eiffel For This Color). As far as the reinforcement labels, I picked them up at my local CVS for about two bucks (a box contains over 500 stickers!).
Step 2: Apply the color that will ultimately fill up the half moon part of your manicure. I chose to have my half moon be the darker purple color, so I applied two coats of this polish to my entire nail. You have to be sure to let your nails dry completely before continuing on. And I mean completely… ideally you should paint your nails the night before you wish to complete your half moon look.
Step 3: Once your nails are dry, apply your reinforcement labels to cover up your half moon. Ensure the stickers are stuck to your nail so polish doesn’t sneak underneath.
Step 4: Paint the rest of your nail with the remaining polish. I used light gray for mine, and I applied two-three coats since this color was lighter than the first.
Step 4: Let your polish dry a bit and then peel off the reinforcement labels. Use a clear top coat to make sure your half moon manicure lasts! Also, be sure to clean off that extra polish on the cuticles when you wash your hands.
What colors are you planning to use for your half moon manicure?
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