Spring 2011 Nail Trend How-to: The Moon Manicure

The Moon Manicure is a classy look that has been spotted on every celeb from Dita to Rihanna. Edgy yet feminine, this manicure is perfect for spring. Retro divas around the world will surely sport it this season.
A moon manicure is very simple look to achieve. Here is what you will need:

Depending on the look you are going for, you can decide whether you want to use the lighter color for the moon or the darker shade. Since I am taking you through how to recreate this picture, I  make suggestions based on that.

You will need a base color. This will be the shade you see the least of; the moon. If you are going for the look in the picture, some of my favorite blacks are Illamasqua Boosh, American Apparel Hassid and Wet n’ Wild Black Creme, which are all opaque in one coat.

You will need a top color. This is the shade you will see the most of. Any polish will work, but try to pick a shade that is opaque in just a few coats. If there are too many coats of this shade, there will be a ridge.  Some of my favorite nudes this season are Deborah Lippmann Naked, Misa Pay Days Are Happy and Essie Topless and Barefoot.

Once you have your shades picked out, paint your nails with your moon shade. You do not have to go up the whole nail if you do not want to, especially since it will only be visible at the cuticle. After that has dried, there are a few different routes you can go:

Paper reinforcements. These can be used as guides for your half moons. Just place the sticker at your cuticle (this is why it is paramount that your polish be 100% dry) and paint your top shade on the remainder of your nail. Remove the sticker immediately. If you have to do more than one coat of your polish, remove the sticker immediately after your last coat. The sticker will create a clean line.


Alternatively, you can use Liquid Palisade, which is a liquid paint barrier that peels of when dry. Just paint the half moon shape over your moon shade, paint the remainder of your nail with the top shade, and then remover the Liquid Palisade. Liquid Palisade will change color when it dries, so it will be very easy to tell when to remove it. This is great for creating half moons because you can make it fit your cuticle shape perfectly.

Another way you can create a moon manicure is to apply your top color first. Then, with a nail art striper or pen, draw in the moons. This requires a very steady hand and patience if you want an even manicure.

Once you are done with your manicure, be sure to apply a top coat to extend the wear of your manicure.
Have you attempted this look? What color combination did you use? Discuss here in the comments or on MakeupTalk’s Nail Talk forum.

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