Friday, June 15, 2012

Nail Trends: The Moon Manicure

As many of you know, I don't have a camera.  With that in mind, I decided to focus on a nail trend at least once a week if not every other week.  So here is the second installment of Nails Trends: The Moon Manicure!  The Moon Manicure is also sometimes referred to as the Half Moon Manicure or the Reverse French Manicure.  I do have a nitpicky point to make: The Reverse French Manicure is actually also known as the Ruffian Manicure.  It is in fact NOT the Moon Manicure.  I'll be discussing the Ruffian Manicure or the true Reverse French Manicure next time.

Previously discussed on Nail Trends was the Ombre Manicure.

Getting The Look

In case you are curious, the supposed original "half moon manicure" first showed up on screen stars back in the1920s (Prohibition era...yikes!). Now, when it comes to creating this look there is one main principle, but are several ways (at least three) to go about it in terms of items used to create the look.

Variation 1.  Semicircular French Manicure Guides.  Below is the step by step from InStyle magazine using a semicircular French Manicure stencil sticker.

STEP 1 Apply one coat of opaque basecoat over the entire nail and wait for the polish to dry completely.

STEP 2 Using a semicircular French-manicure stencil sticker, block off the bottom third of your nail.

STEP 3 Paint two coats of top coat from the stencil to the tip of the nail. Once it dries, peel off the sticker and finish with a shine-enhancing top coat over the entire nail. 

Variation 2.  Reinforcement Labels. If you want, you can simply use hole reinforcers from the back-to-school aisle or your nearest office supply.
1. Apply base coat.

2. Use sticky reinforcement labels to block out the base of nails.

3. Apply two coats of polish.

4. Immediately after applications of the top coat polish, carefully peel off label to reveal a perfect moon shape.

5. Apply top coat.

Variation 3.  Free hand.  If you free hand it, making the moon first can be easiest because you can round it out and cover up mistakes with the darker top coat polish.

1.  Start by applying a base coat.  Let that coat completely dry.

2. Begin applying the top coat.  Start by painting "U" shape near the base of the nail.

3. Once you have established the "U," begin painting from the "U" to the tips of the nail.

Variation 4.  Chevron Half Moon Manicure: Free Hand or Scotch Tape.  This actually might be the easier of the two to free hand.  Take a look at the tutorial images below from MyHeartistry.

Start by painting nude polish on the bottom of your nail in a rough triangle.
Then, taking a thin, black brush, draw two criss-crossing marks over your nail. You should be drawing over the nude polish, but not leaving any bare nail exposed above the triangle. Then, fill in the rest of the nail with black. 

Note: You can also cut a V shape into a strip of tape to create the shape and lay over the dry polish, then use regular nail polish over it and peel off.

Here is a look at an example of the finished product that you can get with either scotch tape triangles or the tutorial above:
Not bold enough?? Well, try this! Do the half moon and french at the same time for some extra in your face boldness.  Take a look!

What do you think? Have you tried this manicure??

1 comment:

  1. i like it. I was doing this triangles just using tape. It's hard to find those round stickers for semi-lunar manicure