For this Mani Monday I finally had the opportunity to do the half moon manicure I had been seeing in magazines. It took me a while to actually get the nerve to try this because I knew it would be a time consuming project- and I didn’t want to spend a ton of time on something I may potentially hate. I’m not going to lie- I had to try it on my nail color wheel first (which I use to experiment with new colors or combinations) to make sure I could commit to doing it on all my nails. Clearly I commited, so here’s what it took- reinforcement labels (found them at CVS in the office supply aisle), a thicker nude color (Essie Brooch the Subject is a perfect nude), and a contrasting bright color (I went with five colors).
Step One: After applying your base coat (always use a base coat!), paint two coats of the color you’d like as your peek-a-boo color at your cuticle. This paint job doesn’t have to be perfect since the only part that really matters is at your cuticle. After the two coats, I clean up the messy edges and also take a little polish away from the side so that it doesn’t show when I paint the nude layer. Finish this with one coat of Essie Good to Go Top Coat.
Step Two: Once your nails are totally dry (they do have to be fully dry for this step), apply the reinforcement stickers to your nails. I found it easier to place when I cut them in half (plus it makes the pack last longer). I placed the inner curve of the circle at the base of the cuticle for each nail so that the size of the half moon was consistent. I used a cuticle pusher to press down on the sticker-especially on the sides so that I would have a good, clean curve (this is why your nail must be dry- so that you don’t peel off any of the base polish). Place the reinforcement circles on all of your nails first.
Step Three: Once you’ve placed the reinforcement circles on both hands- start painting over the bright color with your nude color. I like Essie Brooch the Subject because it’s a pretty thick nude- and only takes about 2 coats. Paint carefully when along the sides and the sticker guide. Once you finish one hand, wait a minute or two and then carefully and slowly pull the sticker off from going from one side to another. Repeat on the other hand- peeling carefully as to not mess up your other hand.
Step Four: Once you remove the guides, wait a few minutes and then add another top coat. On the finished product I like to use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. And we’re done! Voila!