Half Moon Mani Nail Art

Today, we’re going to look at another easy nail art technique. It is called a half moon manicure, or a reverse french manicure. You can free hand this design (if you’re better at painting lines than I am!), use a french manicure guide, or hole reinforcement stickers! Yes, those things found in the back of the middle drawer of your desk. The reinforcement stickers are your simplest option.

You can do a half moon mani using two different colors like this red and gold manicure, or you can do a negative space manicure in which part of the nail is left colorless.

Regardless of whether you want to use one color or two, you want to start with a nail polish base coat.

Apply 2-3 coats of your base color and follow with a quick dry top coat. If you are doing a negative space mani, skip this step.

Next, apply your french mani guides or hole reinforcement stickers to the base of your nail. You can move them as high or low as you’d like. I prefer to mimic the placement of the natural half moon on my nail. I find it easiest to place the stickers for one hand, polish, and then place the stickers for the other hand.

Apply 1-2 coats of the top color to the nail, being mindful not to get any polish behind the sticker. Opaque polishes work best for this top layer as you can often get away with just one coat. When you’ve reached desired opacity, carefully peel away the guide while the polish is still wet.

Let the polish dry for a couple of minutes and finish with a quick dry top coat! If you want to fancy it up even more, apply a simple gold nail stud like in the purple mani photo when the topcoat is wet.


  • Posted by Sharon on

    Thanks for this information, the possibilities are endless.

  • Posted by Donna on

    I always wondered how that was done. Sounds a lot easier than it looks.

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