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Would You Wear… a Half-Moon Manicure?


Photo: ELLE

There are few things we love more than having freshly-painted, shiny-and-fabulous, compliment-worthy nails. Our latest obsession? Half-moon manicures.

The complete opposite of the French manicure, this style leaves your entire nail painted, except for a small moon at the base. Of course, this can be done with a variety of colors or even tiny rhinestones, which makes it such a versatile trend.

Fingernails may seem like a small detail, but having well-groomed phalanges are a sign of professionalism. This style also has a very vintage nature. Dita Von Teese recently popularized the half-moon mani, and designers like 3.1 Philip Lim and Vena Cava have sent models down the runway sporting this style. If you were amazed with the costuming and style of The Great Gatsby, half-moon nails may be the perfect manicure trick to add to your arsenal.

Photos courtesy of ELLE: 1, 2, 3

Now we have to know… are you in love with the half-moon mani?

Or is this look too old-school or not your style? If you’ve done this one before, what colors did you use? We want to know what you think, so leave us a line below.

Posted on on February 4, 2014 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , ,

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10 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Half-Moon Manicure?”

  1. 1
    February 4th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I think it looks really cool, but it doesn’t work for me. I keep my nails short, and it just makes them look more stumpy to me. Looks great on longer nails though!

  2. 2
    February 4th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I think the moon part will look better if its another color, not bare nails. Then yes, I’d wear it.

  3. 3
    February 4th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I agree with Minnie that if the moon part were another color it would look way cuter. Still, this look is really impractical for me. It seems like it would chip easier, and I like my nails to have endurance.

  4. 4
    February 4th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    3 years ago I was wearing this all the time. Dita von Teese was wearing this alot then and really popularized it.

  5. 5
    February 4th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I did this! I had a natural nail color on the bottom portion and then did an oxblood red on top. I had it done with gel polish. It lasted two whole weeks and didn’t look bad as it grew out because the moons blended in with the rest. I loved it. Felt cool as hell

  6. 6
    February 4th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Love it! Wouldn’t look good on me because I have short nails but looks fantastic on long nails I think.

  7. 7
    February 4th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    French manicures look more classic and I don’t like that you can see the little air bump on the bottom.

  8. 8
    February 5th, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Yes, I think this style is really cute!!! It’s fun and a little different without going overboard. I do think it should be done with a color on the half moon though, otherwise it would look like you forgot something.

    Oh, and you forgot to mention that you can achieve this look with three ring hole punch protectors!!! Much easier than trying to get it by hand.

  9. 9
    February 5th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I love half-moon manicures! The half-moons were usually painted as well: colours such as white, beige and mother-of-pearl were used. I don’t really like these new “trendy” versions of this classic manicure, I believe it only looks good in reds and some pinks.

    By the way, in the 1920s the tips were also left “bare” (so it was a half-moon mani and a French mani at the same time!), the manicure Dita wears is mostly a late 1930s/1940s thing. The shape of the nail is very important if you want this style to look right: the nails have to be almond-shaped and even a bit pointy. This, I think, makes your fingers look more slender and elegant than square nails.

  10. 10
    February 6th, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I loveeeee the half moon manicures! You can use so many different colors and combinations and it looks so good!! I think this trend is somehow old but it’s still awesome and beautiful to rock

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