Monday, June 11, 2012

Over the moon!

The half-moon manicure, also known as the reverse manicure, is a classy vintage look and a classic twist on the french manicure.

Half moon nails

 It became popular in the 1920s where polish was applied only in the center leaving the base (the moon shape) and the tip bare. During the end of the 1930s fashion-conscious women still kept the half-moon bare but applied polish to the end of the tips.

1930s nail polish ad.

Today, the half-moon manicure is more colorful, bold, intricate and fun! 

Half-moon nail inspiration:
Half moon nails.
spring half moon nails
amazing half moon #nails
Nautical half moon nails

Here is our take on the manicure.
Tools we used:
10 reinforcement labels
Sally Hansen: Sorbet
China Glaze: Flip Flop Fantasy 

1. Apply a clear base coat and 1-2 coats of Sally Hansen sorbert, or a color of your choice. Wait for your nails to dry 100%. It's important to wait for your nails to dry before you add the reinforcement stickers or else they will peel off the nail polish.
2. Once your nails are completely dry, place a reinforcement sticker on each nail creating the half-moon shape. You can do more or less of a moon shape but make sure you're consistent with each nail. Apply pressure to your nails so that the nail polish won't seep through the reinforcement sticker when you paint the top coat. 
3. Paint the top half of your nails (above the reinforcement stickers) with 2 coats of the China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, or a color of your choice. Wait for your nails polish to dry completely.
4. Once the top coat is dry, you can peel off the reinforcement stickers. Finish with a top coat to seal in the design.
You now have have a half-moon manicure! 

We hope yours turn out great! Remember to have fun with it and try out different color combinations.  
XO Wil Harris


  1. I love those nails. Super cute polish. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Ooooh this looks fun... and kinda easy to do... I am SO giving it a shot! :) Love Elle xo

  3. great inspirations :)

  4. the half moon manicure looks great!! I like how it's simple yet chic that you can wear it to work no problem!

  5. Great nails. Love the half moon. Would love to try it.

  6. Must try!

  7. OMG! thanks for letting me know how to to this design on my nails im definitely gonna try it !!! that china glaze pink is great ♥ :) xoxoo

    1. Thanks Barbara and you're welcome! The China Glaze polish is so pretty in person, it's a neon pink <3


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XO Wil Harris