I always loved the look of the half-moon manicure (a favourite of Dita Von Teese) but was stumped on how to actually create the look. Thanks to the wonderfulness of Youtube, I’m going to share with you how it’s done…but first, a little history lesson.
Half moon manicures were first seen in the 1920s, popularized by Hollywood actresses and gained even more popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. Side note: popular colours in the 30s were all types of reds ranging from crimson to light, rosy reds. Pinks were also quite popular including peachy tones and nude browns. According to the now defunct The Painted Woman blog, in 1932, Cutex offered polish colours in Natural, Rose, Coral, Cardinal and Colorless. In 1935, the most popular Cutex colours were Rose, Ruby and Rust and yes, funky colours such as green, blue, black and gold were available.
Now – on to the good part. Let’s get started!
- Get yourself some of those binder reinforcements you used to use in highschool. Measure out five reinforcements and cut the strip in half.
- Paint your nails the moon colour first. Let nails dry completely before moving on to step two.
- Place the reinforcements on your nails close to your cuticles to mark the half-moon shape.
- Paint your nail with two coats of the second colour making sure to paint right up to the edges of the sticker.
- Carefully remove the sticker while the polish is still wet and apply a glossy top coat. You can remove any excess polish around the nail bed with a brush dipped in nail polish remover. Ta da! Half-moon nails!
Now, I’m not going to lie. This was the first time I did this and it was tricky…like Pinterest Fail tricky. It is really important that you let the first coat of nail polish (in this instance, the gold polish) dry completely or else the reinforcement will pull off the nail polish. I used a fine brush to touch up any blue nail polish that bled into the gold (this was very minimal and only happened on one finger for me). I used that same fine brush to paint blue nail polish on any places that I missed – usually up close to the cuticle.
Please send along any other nail tutorials you would like to see, and if you try this out, let me know how it went!