The Half-Moon Manicure

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.

We don’t all have to fashion extra long, rounded-tip nails with un-painted half-moons and blood red tips, like iconic Dita Von Teese.

Lana del rey has been sporting pointed nails recently with extra large half-moons.

Fergie has been spotted donning catlike nails with black half-moons:

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).

(Another modern-twist on the half-moon manicure. Bright and visual is bang on trend, but avoiding the squarer, shorter tips – a bold look! Very Rihanna!)

(And here’s Rihanna now, sporting long, square-tipped black & white half moons).

(A medium blue hue with painted white hue).


(A modern, romantic take on the half-moon manicure, using soft, feminine colours such as peachy pink and light grey)

(Another sweet take on the style, using pink and white, but leaving the tips unpainted. I’ve not seen them like this before).

(Another romantic version, but with metallic gold half-moons).

(This is bright, but still romantic, the pinky tones bring a prettiness to the nails).


(Here style icon Lauren Conrad fashions metallic/gunmetal grey nails with sparkly gold/silver half-moons. Very glam!)


(Extra-specially modern – picture-based nails; candy stripes with flowers, and dark half-moons).

(Some kooki made-for-Halloweenie nails!)


(This version is more day-to-day, or evening, definitely office/meeting/client-appropriate. Interesting colour use too).


(Capital ‘A’; A-dorable! Love these! Loooove these. Chanel icon logo little little Chanel ballet pump-esque nails?! Want).

(On the Cat walk, these nails looks beautiful. The colours chosen above are extremely flattering, and natural, yet modern).


(Perhaps this should be classed as modern or custom, but the look is indeed vintage, just with green in place of red. I love this. It’s bold and beautiful).

(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!).

(And here she is again. With a longer and less scarier manicure. More alike to the style Dita Von Teese wears).

(A depiction of Jean Harlow used in advertisements of Lucky Strike. Wow, how times change, eh? Her likeness is sporting a fantastic manicure here, short, but statement. Such a bombshell).

Vintage Vs. Modern.

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 ‘’, 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! ;)


12 thoughts on “The Half-Moon Manicure

  1. I’m pretty pleased to find this web site. I want to to thank you for your time for this
    particularly fantastic read!! I definitely liked every bit of it and
    i also have you book-marked to see new information on your website.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s