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Have a half-moon manicure

Have a half-moon manicure

The half-moon manicure is the latest craze to howl about for nails.

It’s not often we get excited about a new look for the hands, but this reverse manicure offers something different. Wave goodbye to the classic French tip, because this season is all about turning nail trends on their head (quite literally).

Top manicurist Emma Myer has explained how this look has become so popular.

“The catwalks repurposed the half-moon mani from elegance to edgy using what us manicurists call ‘negative space’ – which is simply your natural nail being left uncoloured in a half-moon shape,” she told Cover Media. “Creating these looks needs fresh, clean nails, so ensure your nails are super clean using a nail brush such as BruzZ.”

There are plenty of ways to wear the half-moon mani so feel free to experiment. Think about contrasting colours, textures and even consider going 3D with stick-on crystals.

“With so many options with this look it’s truly a must have for the Spring/Summer season. From subtle looks which blend well together or something more dramatic with a contrast of colours, you’re sure to find one which is suited to any occasion,” Leah, from Anesis Salon, Spa and Clinic told Cover Media. “Gone is the classic French tip, it’s time for a twist with the half -moon manicure. From glitters to the latest in fashion pastel colours, this new look is sure to add excitement to boring nail looks. It’s fun but still classy and can be teamed with numerous colour options.”

Leah insists it is a “surprisingly easy" look to master at home and has shared her top tips on recreating the style. The colours choices are up to you, so make them as big and bold or sweetly subtle as you like:

1. First apply a clear base coat to protect your natural nail.

2. Put your first colour over the whole nail, it’s best to go for two coats.

3. Once dried apply a half-moon stencil (this looks like a circle and you can make your moon as big or small as you like).

4. With a different coloured polish apply to the base of the nail below the stencil.

5. Peel off the stencil to reveal a perfect moon shape.

Katie Jane Heneghan, owner of Katie Jane Nails, has also given her advice on perfecting the topsy-turvy style. The look is proving popular with her clients, who are requesting anything from nude-on-white combinations to bright summer colours.

“The half-moon manicure trend is taking the runways by storm as seen at Charlotte Ronson’s New York Fashion Week show,” Katie, who is based within Hair By JFK’s award winning Bruntsfield salon, told Cover Media. “To create this trend at home I would recommend using a pack of French tip guides if you have trouble holding a steady hand and to create a perfected line.

“After your base colour has dried completely, place the stickers onto the lower portion of your nail, and sweep the second colour on top. Make sure to let each layer dry completely before removing or applying the guides - any wet lacquer will get pulled off, which can mess things up.”

Cover Media