Half Moon Nails

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I’m a big fan of the half-moon trend, and after reading this gal’s post about lilac & gold nails, I knew I had to apply the color pairing to half moon nails. Now, I’d never tried this before, but I knew the basics (use notebook reinforcement stickers, etc.). But I never realized just how truly difficult this is for the impatient in life. I messed up my left thumb so many times, I basically tried to exclude it from most of the shots you’ll see below. I eventually got it all fixed, once I forced myself to wait long enough for the gold to actually dry.

So, lesson learned: BE PATIENT! You will reap what you sow.


Sure, it’s not perfect, but it will be with more practice.

…Too bad my Chanel Fall 2011 nail polishes arrive at my doorstep tomorrow (that’s Peridot and Graphite). Guess what I’ll be doing?

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  • http://thefancyteacup.blogspot.com The Fancy Teacup

    I haven't seen this nail artwork done with solid color and metallics, it looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing the steps, girl!

    ♥, Jamie

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    • Kara

      Omg this is sooooo pretty so gonna try this!!!!!! love n thanks!!

  • Natalie

    I love that color combo and the new Chanel lacquers are sure to look even more amazing! Swoon…..looks like I'll be testing my patience in the days ahead!

  • http://notyourordinarybeautyqueen.blogspot.com/ Mar

    Your nails look pretty and the combination of colors is gorgeous! I'd love to try this one out for myself for sure! Great tutorial!

    Btw, Im hosting a giveaway with a neck piece inspired from the House of Harlow at stake. Hope you can drop by to join! – Mar

  • http://www.slowsouthernstyle.com Christy

    I love the lilac and gold together! I might have to try this out.

  • http://lovealamode.wordpress.com Rachel from Love a l

    Pretty! The funny thing is my toes are currently lilac, and I just published a post about metallic nail polish!

  • http://www.madaboutculture.com Asia

    Thank you for the tutorial I am really going to try this, I have the new Chanel fall colors as well so this will look amazing with them.

  • http://olliethingsbeautiful.blogspot.com Jackie

    LOVE this look! and I have both those colors, I'm definitely going to try this. xx-Jackie

  • http://fashionfractions.com/ Neris

    Gorgeous! Everybody is posting amazing manicures lately :)


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  • http://www.rachelphipps.com/ Rachel

    Trying this – I have some lilac Essie and a metallic silver polish!

  • http://pennypincherfashionista.blogspot.com Penny Pincher Fashio

    This is so pretty & I have both those polishes – will be trying when my current manicure wears off!

  • http://redsoledfashionista.blogspot.com/ Chelsea

    I picked up both of Chanel's colors Graphite and Peridot last week in-store and in LOVE. They are amazingly fabulous! Enjoy!

  • http://alice-machiaj.blogspot.com BeautifulM

    love it!

  • http://fashionorfiction.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    I've never seen the stickers used for this mainicure, usually people are just like "I hope you have a steady hand!" Pretty genius!


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  • http://thebestbeautyblog.com Ling

    Awesome! I'm gonna have to try this with my nails too!

  • http://ellemck1.wordpress.com ellemck1

    I love it! I can't wait to try it out soon. :)

  • http://justfabblogger.blogspot.com/ Cheryl parker

    That looks great!!!!! I may have to try!

  • http://www.closetcravings.com Closet Cravings

    Seems like everyone is smitten with this type of manicure. I actually really like this look as more of a reverse french manicure. I saw it on Jessica Biel once and it's really pretty. =)

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  • http://www.cupcakesomg.blogspot.com CupcakesOMG!

    the notebook reinforcers is a great trick!!


  • http://Crinkleyourcloset.blogspot.com Rachel Tatem

    Too cute! Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.gritandglamour.com Grit and Glamour

    I've been dying to try this. I appreciate your honesty about the level of difficulty! Your nails do look awesome, though. After I shed my latest SH Salon Effects, I need to get some reinforcement stickers and give it a whirl!

  • http://sckers4seqns.tumblr.com/ Kristina

    Hey Kristina! You should definitely order this stuff called Kiesque Liquid Palisade. http://liquidpalisade.com/indexb.php. Its a liquid that you put on for wherever you DON'T want nail polish to get and it turns tacky once it hits your skin and just peels off with any of your unwanted nail polish when you're done. I have been wanting to try the half moon/some color block nail design and haven't yet but it definitely worked to give me a perfectly clean manicure when I did this: http://sckers4seqns.tumblr.com/post/6977686371/to

  • http://pjandhubby.wordpress.com Pilar

    So fun! I will have to try this!

  • http://www.casualglamorous.com Audrey

    I need to try this ASAP! http://www.casualglamorous.com

  • http://knockedupfabulous.wordpress.com/ April

    That does look cute! But, I'm with you on the patience part…I'd probably screw it up too many times that I'd end up taking it all off. Love the colors to paired up!

  • http://www.hotbeautyhealth.com diana @hotbeautyheal

    I love this look. I would have never thought to use reinforcement labels. Genius! Thanks for the tutorial! Will definitely try this.

  • http://pilot-life.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    Yes! I am definitely going to try this nail trend. I was going to paint my fingernails in Essie's Lilacism today, but I ran out of time. You just gave me inspiration for my next mani. Thanks. Now I just need a fun metallic or sparkly polish. (:

  • http://theworldoftiffany.wordpress.com tiffany

    Thanks for sharing, for some reason my crazy self thought the steps were reversed :)

  • http://www.southernbritt.com Southern Life Britt

    They look really pretty for your first try! Now I am going to have to go try this myself! I likey!!!

  • http://www.always-ladylike.tumblr.com Kia

    This was absolutely helpful! I've been wanting to do the Half Moon nail for quite some time, but I just couldn't figure out how to properly execute the plan in motion. LOL. Thanks for sharing! Your nails look FAB btw! I'll be sure to try myself and post on my site! ;)

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  • http://www.gracedaily.com Grace Cuddy

    Ah love this! I'm definitely going to try this soon! I also just ordered peridot from Chanel – such a cool metallic!

  • Shea

    Huh. Notebook reinforcement stickers. Who would've thunk it? I'll have to try this one out.

  • http://www.glammyland.blogspot.com Megan

    OMG LOVE!! Definitely trying this :)

  • http://www.onewomansevolution.com Natasha (OneWomansSt

    I just started getting into this nail thing (late bloomer, I know). I have been wearing the gel nails for the last couple of months and finally took them off this weekend to give my nails a break (not literally). This looks really great. I am going to have to try this.

  • http://flysongbird.blogspot.com debi

    clicked on google +..i have tried doing this once..ahhh the pain of getting it right!

  • http://livingchel.com Chelsa

    this is too cool but I don't know how much success I'd have given that I lack patients. Love your blog!

  • http://www.yellowbuttonss.blogspot.com/ peppe

    oh they look great! i'll try this! tnx :)


  • http://fashionistammc.blogspot.com Mandy

    SO SO SO pretty! This looks great! I am inspired to try something new!

  • http://roseandthistle.wordpress.com Ciera @ Rose & T

    Very cute! Doubt I would have the patience to wait for it to dry but it looks lovely. Am also obsessed with Seche Vite, hands down the best topcoat I've ever tried :)

  • http://www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com rachael

    Great idea! Love it and definitely gonna try it!


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  • http://blondetxgoddess.blogspot.com/ Amy

    Very cute look :)

  • http://demureandchic.com Karla

    This is such a cool DIY! Love it!! That lilac is such a pretty, fresh color. I pretty much suck at doing my own nails so I might not be attempting it anytime soon. But it looks lovely on you!

  • http://fashionmrpaul.blogspot.com/ Paul

    Great design and colours!


  • http://artalarue.com/ Andrea

    Love this! I actually had mine done today in a gorgeous blush hue. I posted it too. Put me in a good mood. :)

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  • http://www.motherinheels.com Courtney

    LOVE those colors together! As I am a nail polish changing addict, I am inspired to get painting. :) Thanks for the tip.

  • http://leiasdelights.com Leia

    I'm definitely going to try this! Thanks for such a great tutorial!

  • http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com Fashion Confessions of a Mommy

    I love the look and will try it out with my silver metallic. I just need to find those stickers.

  • http://suzykrauseandtheskyscrapers.blogspot.com suzy

    this is GENIUS. i love anything that looks hard but it actually easy. {given}

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  • http://stuffbystacey.wordpress.com Stacey

    This looks FABULOUS! I have never seen this technique before. I was going to clean house today, but clearly I have to try this first. And clearly, once my nails look so AWESOME I can't risk chipping them by cleaning, can I? Oh well…

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  • http://sincerelyarizona.blogspot.com/ Kristal

    How fun!I love this look! Great color choices!

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  • http://www.the-beauty-beat.blogspot.com The BB

    Great job!! I love the lilac and gold combination. I did mine this afternoon with a nude and hot pink combo. I'm pretty happy with the results. http://www.the-beauty-beat.blogspot.com

  • http://www.allensboots.com donna

    I'm totally doing this!! such a great idea. And I absolutely LOVE that essie color

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  • gmnightmare


    I thought I'd add some male's perspective to this… those things are hideous. And it kind of horrifies me that people are fawning over them.

    But that's just me.

  • http://onepicthousandwords.wordpress.com One Picture and a Th

    I love those nails, I am definitely trying them now!


  • http://pascalsboutique.blogspot.com/ Nathalie

    I adore your nail tutorial!!! I am going to try Essie Fiji and a mint apple… I just need to purchase hole puncher stickers…

    AODRE YOUR BLOG, Have a great weekend!!

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  • http://ladies-trends.com/ Aaria

    I love your half moon nails….. looking really good .. thanks for sharing! :)

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  • Lydia

    That’s such a good idea! I never would have thought of that! It looks great (:

  • Kirstin

    I just did this with my nails for my initiation to my sorority and it looks awesome! :) :) I got a TON of compliments on them!

  • http://theuniquenessofnormality.blogspot.com/ Okka

    love your blog and especially this post ! you really inspired me ! xxx

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  • http://charliepeace.wordpress.com Charlotte K

    Wow… I hadnt thought to do this. Love love the metallic and lilac. Thanks for the DIY!

  • polly

    so cute!

  • http://www.dreambetweenthelines.tumblr.com Allison

    I so love this, I am definitely going to try it soon! XOX

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  • amyr

    super ugo!!!

  • Vanessa

    I have tried this before and my bottom color always comes off when I take the stickers off… even after letting the “half moon” color dry for a whole day.

  • http://meganvl.tumblr.com/ Megan

    Just tried this for the first time and love it! The process is quick and easy and my nails turned out great and I cannot wait to try it with different colors again. :)

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  • Courtney

    I love this nail look. May try it and this holiday nail look I found too: http://www.taaz.com/trends/nails/best-holiday-nail-polishes/-QNXn10aTSdLqbKrhdSBGtry9A6pPgqR.html that has some sparkle too. :)

  • http://www.vedettestore.com/eng/ vedette

    this is really creative. i love it. i want to do this with an aqua blue. thanks for the idea.

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  • http://www.cowboyskidsandsunsets.com Trainwreck

    Hiya! Fun design! I just wanted to tell you, if after you apply your final color (before your top coat) take a block buffer, not a new one. You want it to be used, so the grit is more on the buffing side. Any way take your block and lightly buff the final color. You will have to wait for it to dry obviously, but this will give it a more smooth finish after you apply the top coat. It will eliminate the hard line between the two colors;) I am a licensed nail chick so this is safe lol
    Just found your blog and I think its pretty great! Im sure I will be stalking…following you;)

  • Gabby

    I like the idea of half moon nails it’s really cute!!!

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  • http://danae-chan.tumblr.com paula

    awesome idea , thank so much <3

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  • http://fashionfollowsher.wordpress.com/ Fashion Follows Her

    Love the look, will be trying this out tomorrow on my little pinkys……

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  • Jessica beeb

    Your nails look great, I am try this in the weekend. Finger crossed! xx


  • craker

    Your nails look great, I am try this in the weekend. Finger crossed! xx


  • craker

    Hiya! Fun design! I just wanted to tell you, if after you apply your final color (before your top coat) take a block buffer, not a new one. You want it to be used, so the grit is more on the buffing side. Any way take your block and lightly buff the final color.


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  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    Very cute idea! Looks lovely!