How to DIY a Half-Moon Manicure — Plus, 7 Nail Art Ideas to TryJune 27, 2023
If your social media feed looks anything like mine, it’s fully stocked with trendy nail art. From coquette nail art to chrome French tips to half-moon nails, there are so many swoony designs to take inspo from, but they almost always require a trip to the salon or expert skill and extra supplies. The latter, half-moon nails, happen to be super trendy at the moment. Luckily, they’re also relatively easy to achieve at home with products you likely already have. To prove it, I tested out the nail look myself. Keep scrolling to learn how to DIY a half-moon manicure in five simple steps.
What You Need for a DIY Half-Moon Manicure
To create half-moon nails at home, you will need your nail polish color of choice, a base coat, a top coat and circle-shaped stickers. I opted for Essie Grass Never Green, a bright kelly green shade, along with the Essie Here to Stay Base Coat and the Essie Stay Longer Top Coat. These circle labeling stickers keep this DIY nail art look relatively easy to execute because they serve as a stencil to create the half-moon shape, as demonstrated in this Instagram reel by creator @avrnailswatches.
How to DIY Half-Moon Nails
Step 1: Prep Your Nails and Apply Base Coat
Prepping is a necessary step to ensure that your manicure lasts. Shape your nails with a file and lightly buff the surface. Then, apply an even layer of base coat to every nail.
Step 2: Place the Nail Stickers
When the base coat is fully dry (about five to 10 minutes), you can apply the nail stickers to the base of your nails. The trick is to press the sticker down with your fingers so it can mold to the shape of your nail.
Step 3: Paint the Visible Part of Your Nails
Paint the visible part of your nail with a thin layer of polish. Proceed to the other hand and repeat this step. Continue with a second layer of polish if you like.
Step 4: Remove the Stickers
Wait about five minutes for the polish to begin drying. Then, you can use a pair of tweezers to remove the circle stickers. Be gentle to avoid smudging the wet nail polish. This step is optional, but if you want a perfect half-moon shape, you can dip a thin makeup brush in acetone and carve out the half-moon design even more at the base of your nail.
Step 5: Apply Top Coat
To ensure that your manicure lasts as long as it can without chipping, apply a layer of top coat. We like the Essie Stay Longer Top Coat because it provides a salon-quality, high-shine finish and protects against chips for up to seven days.
Mermaidcore nails celebrate all things shimmery, iridescent and pearlized. This half-moon variation is no different and features iridescent chrome outlined in silver glitter for an eye-catching mani that packs shine and sparkle.