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A simple nail polish will never go out of style, no matter if it was worn by our grandmothers or if it will be worn by our granddaughters. It’s elegant, classic and the epitome of simplicity. However, seeing how trend come and go nowadays, it’s impossible to remain immune. One of these trends is the beautiful half moon manicure that more and more celebrities are wearing on red carpets and models rock on runways. And even if this look was initially believed to be an alternative to the classic red manicure, it has evolved into something more. You can do a half moon manicure with any nail polish color and even add some glitter or pearls, to make it more dramatic and special.

You can get creative with this half moon manicure. And seeing how it may be a bit difficult to choose from so many models, we have chosen three of the prettiest ones along with a how-to guide. Creating such a manicure is quite simple, but there are some steps that you will need to follow. So, here is a guide on how to create a half moon manicure at home, without much effort.

The base

A half moon manicure is one of the simplest nail designs that you can do, with just a little bit of attention to details. So, you should begin by placing a piece of paper to cover the part of the nail that coincides with the cuticle. You can also use a paper hole reinforcement, as it already has that round shape that you need. About 25% of the nail needs to be covered. You should make sure that the piece of paper doesn’t move around and stay in place.

Painting the nail

This next step is self-explanatory. Choose your preferred nail polish color and paint your nail. You can go over the piece of paper, it won’t matter when it’s removed. You can paint two coats of the nail polish.

The reveal

You now need to lift the piece of paper off from the nail, after painting the second coat. It’s important to not panic if the sticker moved during the process. Your line may not be very sharp, but you can fix that.

The clean up

The clean-up involves using an old flat brush after dipping its tip into nail polish remover. You will then need to carefully erase any uneven lines where the half moon shape should be. It’s important to do this while the nail polish is still tacky, but not completely dry.

Now, you can leave the design like this and apply a top coat, or you can go further and add another color of nail polish in the empty space near the cuticle. The process is the same, but you will need to cover the painted nail with a round piece of paper after the nail polish has completely dried. You can use glitter, pearls, or even metallic colors. It’s al a matter of preference and we have added three models to inspire you in your quest to achieve the perfect half moon manicure.

Summing it all up

So, what did you think about our guide on how to achieve the perfect half moon manicure? Did it help you? Did the designs inspire you to recreate them at home? Let us know in the comments below!

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