Mani Monday: Glitter Half-Moon Nails

Glitter half-moon nails.

I had some time before starting work to explore several creative outlets (apart from cooking and baking) such as crafting and gardening. It has been personally enriching and I decided that every now and then I’d share some of it on the blog.

One of the things that I’ve become really interested in is manicuring! 🙂

Honestly, it costs so much to get it done by a manicurist that sometimes it’s best to learn a bit on your own — especially if, like me, you can get pretty fickle when it comes to what you want on your nails… Like, don’t you girls get bored of your manicure after a week?!

Starting a mini Mani Monday series to chase away those Monday blues. Today’s simple tutorial is: how to do half-moons!

These are easier than I thought, and so pretty too. I think they are also known as the reverse French? And, from what I have gathered from online sources, the style originated somewhere in the 20-30’s. Never fails to intrigue me how fashion has its own circle of life, ha ha. One celebrity who’s really into half-moon manicures is burlesque star Dita Von Teese!

The classic colours are nude half-moons and red as the dominant nail colour. I’ve chosen to switch it up with a gold glitter and deep purple that’s so dark it’s almost black but lovely in the sunlight.

What you’ll need:

  • One dominant nail polish colour (mine is OPI William Tell Me About)
  • One glitter nail polish (mine is #2 from Etude House Juicy Cocktail pack)
  • Base coat & clear top coat
  • Reinforcer stickers, cut into half

Glitter Half-Moons Reverse French Manicure Tutorial Step by Step

  1. Paint on a layer of base coat. Once it dries, paint on your half-moon colour and wait for it to dry completely. You could also use a fast-drying top coat to speed up the process.
  2. Place half a reinforcer near your cuticle to achieve a half-moon.
  3. A nail at a time, paint over the whole nail with the dominant colour. Get right up to the edges!
  4. Carefully remove the stickers while the nail polish is still wet. Use a clear top coat to seal everything in, leaving you with a super shiny finish 🙂 You can then use a nail art brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up your cuticles if need be.

These are so easy and don’t worry about messing them up when you remove the stickers — just be careful. I did mine pretty fine on the first try (I think..)! Perf way to get glam nails in a jiffy 🙂

Glitter half-moon manicure tutorial.


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