August 29, 2012

Nail Art: Summery Half-Moon

One of my favorite ways to disguise tip-wear is to do a quick half-moon design. For guides, I used binder reinforcement labels (like this). Whoever thought to use these is a genius!

I created quite moderate half-moons- I actually would have preferred them to be a little smaller, but it's hard to judge how much nail the labels are covering.

The trick to using sticky labels (or to doing any tape manicure) is to remove the guide/tape while the polish is still wet. On this hand, I did all the nails, and then removed the labels, which let the polish dry too long and the lines were not as crisp as I would have liked. My dominant hand actually came out better because I only did two nails at a time, but I haven't figured out how to photograph it accurately.

The light blue color in this design is "Barracuda," by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, which was part of the Tracy Reese Spring 2011 collection:

Later, I decided to add some striping tape- because, why not?

I wanted to delineate the curve of the half-moon with the striping tape, but it's difficult to get the tape to lay flat along a curve. 

Window-filtered daylight:

OPI Nail Envy (2 coats) + Butter London- Trout Pout (2 coats) + Poshe (1) + SHCSM- Barracuda (2 coats) + Poshe (1) + striping tape + Poshe (1)

As you can see, ^ this resulted in a lot of layers (9, I think!) of nail polish, so although it's really cute, I probably won't leave it on too long- it's just too thick-looking.


  1. Oh! I really really love it! Normally, I don't like the half moon design, but this... it's so gorgeous! (Excuse me for my english, I'm french :))