Tip to the (Half) Moon
Gather: Polish, a fine-point curved brush like those used for nail art, acetone remover, a small container, and cotton pad or tissue.
- Examine your nail. There is a natural moon there, and one that changes in size from nail to nail. Let that natural feature be the marker.
- Dip the fine-point brush in polish and freehand the crescent, above the curve of the natural moon. Take your time, and remember that any mistakes can be cleaned up.
- Polish the nail bed above the curve up to the tip.
- Pour acetone into the small container. Moisten the fine-point brush with polish remover, taking care that it’s not dripping and carefully swipe away any nail polish in the moon area to the cuticles. Clean the brush in acetone, using the cotton pad or tissue if necessary, before moving on to the next nail or spot to remove polish. For an earlier vintage effect, swipe the brush across the nail tips. (Also use the fine brush, clean and moistened with polish remover, to erase excess paint on the nail and skin).
- Let varnish dry.
- If half moons are going to be coloured, dip the fine brush in the polish and freehand apply colour to the base of the nail.
- Once all polish is fully dry, apply a final clear coat. If the colour is still wet, you can risk bleeding it into the moon space, creating a fuzzy effect. Some clear polishes don’t ‘grab’ darker colours as much.
Half moons take practice. Once mastered consider painting the moon a bold colour or metallic and the nail centre another highly contrasting hue. Say, a chocolate bed and a copper lunula and tip? A peacock blue between jade green edges? The only limits are your imagination.