The Half-Moon Manicure! I’m really excited about this post.
Yes, it’s polished and it’s definitely pretty. But can anyone pull it off?
Well, I believe they can. In an adapted way.
But there are modernised version trending at the moment. Shorter, more practical and wearable, squarer, and often brighter in hue.
(This is quite a classic take on a vintage trend. It’s true to history – using red as the main factoring colour, but using a rich, deep berry-esque shade, and glossing it up to create an extremely glamourous, glossy manicure. Quite beautiful on Camilla Belle).
MODERN-TAKES ON VINTAGE
(The red is of course vintage is style, with the added white half-moon it creates a cleaner look. Adding the black & white as un update to the vintage version is fantastic. It’s similar to Rhianna’s earlier pictured version, but the shape here is closer to the original fashion).
(What a captivating photograph of Joan Crawford. I love pictures like this. I wonder what she was thinking. Who was behind the lens? The photographer did a good job in making the viewer of the snap believe she hated him…Or was bored by him. Her nails look alarming, don’t they? Coupled with her expression, I wouldn’t want to anger this lady!).
Hmm, which do you prefer?
You: (yeah, I’m a mind-reader, doncha’ know, I know what you’re thinkin’…I think :s): “Yeah, thanks Kirstiie/Tribe of Mannequins, that’s great, but how the chicken do I do that?!”
Me: “Well, just go ahead and read on’ lil’ lady”
Using the below image from ‘Nail-Art-101.com’, it’s pretty simple.
Using your selected colours. Wash your hands and dry properly, of course – don’t want to be a-slippin’ and a-slidin’ all over your nails when you’re trying to paint ‘em do you?
Then start with your nail colour, for the ‘smaller half-moon grey section’ of the nail using the above picture as reference.
When it’s dry, not tacky – very dry: use a French manicure sticker or one of those page reinforce stickers where directed on the above picture – where the half-moon colour will appear. By the way, these are the page reinforcement stickers; a la:
Then paint above the sticker with your second chosen colour (darker or lighter, experiment with what YOU like ☺).
Remove the sticker whilst the polish is still wet, and when all is dry, finish off with a transparent glossy top coat!
Of course if you’re going old-school vintage Dita Von Teese style – no need for selecting two colours. Just start with clean, dry hands as before. Put the semi-circle sticker on your nail as before.
Then paint above it and remove the sticker. And there you have it, perfection!
I’ve yet to try this look out, but when I do, I’ll be opting for the whole hog. I’ll be seeking out some longish, slightly pointed-tip nails, leaving the half-moon unpainted and using a deep, blood-red colour on the rest of the nail, a la: Dita! Les Dolce Vita! ;)