DIY Half Moon Manicure on a Lazy Sunday Afternoon.

I love Sunday afternoons because my creativity meter is at its fullest at this time. I had a lot of girly alone time this afternoon, so I wanted to try a half moon manicure that is oh so hot right now.

I always wanted to try this style but I lack hand eye coordination when it comes to painting my nails. So when I saw this clever tutorial that was posted on ChickAdvisor, I thought “hey, why not?”

The first step is to lay down a base colour.  This colour is for the base of the nail.  I chose a silver unnamed nail polish from FACES.

Once the base colour has dried completely, cut up a round 3-ring paper reinforcement sticker into half and place them at the base of the nail.  This acts as a guide to get that perfect half moon shape at the base.  Make sure the corners are taped down well.

FACES unnamed silver Swatch

Then, apply your next shade.  I chose OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue, which is my only and most favourite blue ever.

OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue Swatch

Once the second colour has dried completely, peel off the stickers.

Lastly, adore those hot nails.

Half Moon Manicure Swatch

Half Moon Manicure Swatch

I am so pleased with the results that I can’t stop staring at my nails now.  Pretty good for an amateur, eh?  Have you tried this trend, or will you be trying it in the near future? :)  What colour combination should I try next?

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  • Shaylee Anne

    That looks great! I think I’m going to go do this right now since my nail polish is chipping off! Hope I have as much success as you did and I love the colour combo you used! :)

    • Arianne

      I’d love to see photos if you redo your manicure! :)

  • dani@callitbeauty

    i LOVE it! i’m gonna try some gradation type designs soon :). i have very little patience when it comes to nail polish, though (i can barely wait for them to dry :p) so we’ll see how that works. haha!

    • Arianne

      I’m a novice with these types of things, and failed at the gradation design. I’d like to see what you come up with. :)

  • Makeup Morsels

    OMG love this so much! Plus I have plenty of those sticky things lying around, gotta try this soon

    • Arianne

      I know!!! I’m so happy to see some of these stickers in BF’s office supply stash.

  • The Asian Pear

    awesome! I love the combo. The blue is SO electrifying too. LOVE IT!

    • Arianne

      Seriously, such a great blue!

  • Kat

    Love, love, love!!! This looks amazing! I’m going to be attempting this on my own for sure!

    • Arianne

      YAY show pics okay?

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  • Shadowy Lady

    I think it looks pretty neat :) I did the same thing last week with black and red

    • Arianne

      Thanks lady! Black and red sounds hot! :)

  • Emily

    That blue colour is really pretty!

    • Arianne

      It’s a great blue! Not sure if it was LE, but if it’s permanent you should definitely get it. :)

  • Rae

    Lovely, lovely! I’d definitely pull out Yoga-ta and do this… if I did my nails.

    Which I do not.

    Because I am hopelessly picky and lazy >.<

    • Arianne

      Hahaha do it! Or do your toes!!! :)

  • Thebeautifier

    This really looks gorgeous!!

    • Arianne

      Doesn’t it? :) I hope you give it a try sometime.

  • ChickAdvisor

    Great look! And thanks for the link love 😉

    We have been getting a lot of great feedback and advice about this technique, one which I think will be a huge help to your readers.

    Our friends at Brill Communications suggest you take the sticker off right away – as the second colour coat dries, it becomes more tacky and will pull away a little more messily than ripping it off bandaid style.

    Here’s more info:


    • Arianne

      Thanks for the advice! I’m so bad with manicures though that if I goop on too much polish, it might drip down to my cuticles.

  • FaceFixers

    That OPI polish is a really beautiful colour.

    • Arianne

      It is such a gorgeous colour, eh? :)

  • Tracy@BeautyReflections

    So totally doing this when my nails grow back! Easy and looks fantastic!

    • Arianne

      Yay! I’d love to see your nails when you do. :)

  • marisol

    Love love love! I need to do this to my nails soon.

  • http://Website ShannoninBC

    I did this a few months ago with gold and brown; received a lot of compliments and I did admire the finished product however unlikely I will ever do it again! I don’t think I have the patience to do more detailed nail polishing! lol

  • ChickAdvisor

    You did an amazing job with it!! I’m so impressed!

  • Amee

    superb design… surely try this…

    • Arianne

      I’d love to see if you try it out!

  • Audrey

    I absolutely love this trend, even though i was slightly suspicious about it before. i usually go for the fizzy orange and taupe – combo, which is really nice during autumn


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  • April

    Love it! Such a modern twist on a classic look…I’d love to see Essie Good as Gold paired with Trophy wife!