Up until recently, I went through a complete nail polish dry spell. Clean, perfectly rounded and filed nails was my manicure manifesto. This of course was completely different from my attitude in high school, where I could only wish for more tips to decorate. Glitter (and lots of it), stripes, press-on stickers, even CK One scented nail polish (don’t tell me you don’t remember that!) – I embraced it all. I remember one particularly patriotic week I had painted my nails a festive neopolitan of red, white and blue, leaving my 7th grade English teacher to take one look at my hands and exclaim, “What is that!?”
I’m not sure what triggered it but I’ve fallen in love with painting my nails again, now almost never letting my bare nails see the light of day. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon The Cherry Blossom Girl’s Half-Moon Manicure guide and figured it looked simple enough for me to try. With two fun colors and a sheet of reinforcement stickers, I was on my way:
I started with a coat of Wet ‘N Wild’s Metallica silver polish.* (Actually, you should start with a good base coat– I like Essie’s Fill the Gap! base coat– but for the time-pressed or truly lazy such as myself, you can skip this step.)
Wait for the polish to completely and thoroughly dry.
Apply the reinforcement stickers to the base of the nail bed – I actually didn’t apply the stickers low enough, so my nails almost look more two-toned rather than moon-y, but of course the look is up to you.
Make sure the sticker adheres around as much of the nail as it can, then start painting on the second color. Ensure a clean contrasting line of color by painting on top of the sticker and around the edges. Don’t be afraid to get polish on your fingers, that’s easily removable. Here, I’m using Essie’s Peach Daquiri.
Admire your alien-esque hands for a few seconds.
Wait for the second color to completely dry before peeling off the stickers.
Finish with a top coat and voila, easy-to-do half-moon manicures!
A few tips:
1. I think this look works best with round nails but square nails could also offer an interesting contrast to the moon shape.
2. Be absolutely and completely sure that the first color is dry before applying the reinforcement holes. Otherwise you’ll risk peeling off the color when removing the stickers.
3. You can also reduce the risk of color peel-age by removing some of the stickiness from the reinforcement holes. Stick them onto the back of your hand a few times to lose the stickiness, then apply to nails.
4. For a true “Moon” look, apply the stickers so that the inside hole just touches the bottom of your cuticles. This will give a better rounded shape (not like how I did it, oops.)