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Techniques to Create Half Moon Manicures

The halfmoon manicure isn't a new invention. It dates from the 1930s and 1940s. Think of it as a reverse French manicure where the lighter contrasting crescent is located just above the cuticle instead of on the tip of the nail. It's a relatively easy effect to create with a little practice, and it can make your nails look bold and distinctive. If you have a special occasion coming up, want to show off that new engagement ring or just need to feel feminine and elegant, give halfmoon nails a try. Here's how:

Trim and file your nails. The halfmoon look typically calls for a rounded or even slightly pointed nail shape. (Moving to the next step too soon is one of the quickest ways to ruin your specialty manicure.)Apply a stencil sticker, hole punch reinforcement or nail guide to each nail. There are a number of products you can use. Basically, they're all designed to mask a crescent shaped area at the base of each nail. They're like ministencils held in place with a mild adhesive. (The hole punch reinforcement is actually an office supply product sold as an adhesive dot with a round hole in the center. To use it as a stencil, cut the dot in half and position it at the base of the nail.) The idea here is to cover up the first color so it isn't painted over with the second color. When the stencil is removed, the first color is visible as a crescent at the base of each nailPress each stencil sticker firmly in place to keep polish from dribbling underneath. It takes a lot of practice though, and we don't recommend it if you haven't tried this nail design before.

If all this sounds like a lot of work, you can take a sneaky DIY shortcut. Dita Von Teese and the Kiss nail brand have created a halfmoon press on nail kit that will make it easy to complete a half moon manicure in minutes. The kit is only available with white crescents and red lacquered uppers, but hopefully there'll be more options on the market in the near future.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese is a modern burlesque star fascinated with the big screen movie sirens of yesteryear. She is widely credited with reinventing the halfmoon nail look. Dita comes by her fascination with nails honestly: Her mother was a professional manicurist.




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