Half Moon Manicure Tutorial
Published Jun 27, 2011
The retro half-moon is modern again! We love the simple yet chic statement of two-toned nails, and we've crafted an easy how-to so you can try it yourself.
In broad, even strokes, apply a thin layer of your favorite base coat.
Apply two coats of the lighter polish to the bottom half of your nails (since the other polish shade will cover the upper half of the nail). Be sure your nails are completely dry before you move to the next step.
Grab a thin brush from the arts and crafts store (we're using a Princeton Art and Brush Co. Round 3050R size 0 brush), and paint a line with your black lacquer that mimics the shape of your natural lunula (the white area at the base of the fingernail) or the shape of your nail bed. After painting the initial line, fill in the rest of the nail. Apply a second coat with the nail polish brush. If you have issues hand drawing an even line, use a French manicure nail guide or a hole punch sticker as a stencil for that perfect crescent shape.
Allow 15 to 20 minutes of drying time before you apply top coat so your colors don't bleed. When your tips are dry to the touch, seal the deal with a top coat.