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17 July 2011

Tutorial: Half Moon Manicure

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First off, I have a confession to make. I'm no nail expert, I've never even had a manicure. When I actually paint my nails its usually right before I go out, between sips of gin and tonic with only moments to spare. This method was learned through trail, error and a few stellar tips from my future Mother-in-Law, Lilian. She's true Geordie lady, always perfectly turned out with a standing manicure appointment.

I've always admired half moon manicures but it was only when I was watching Atonement a few weeks ago, where in one scene Emily Tallis lays her perfectly manicured hand on Bryony's shoulder that I really fell in love with them. At first I tried to cover my half moons with stickers usually used for french tips but on my nails they were a little uneven so I tried circular stationary stickers and it worked perfectly. Admittedly its all a little fiddly but if I can turn my hand to it (pun intended) then anyone can.

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  • Basecoat
  • Nail Varnish 
  • Circular Stationary Stickers
  • Quick Dry 
  • Toothpicks 
  • Cotton Pads
  • Nail Varnish Remover
Until now, I didn't see the point in using a basecoat but its really important here otherwise there will be a distinctive line between the nail and half moon. Start with a quick coat of clear varnish, I used Barry M's "All in one" then once its totally dry stick a sticker over each of your nails. I found the holes in these really useful because I could just line them up with my cuticle.


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Once they are all stuck on firmly, with no gaps otherwise the vanish will seep under, paint on two coats of your favourite colour and wait a few minutes. I already had the toothpick to hand for the final stage but I found that they were pretty useful for peeling off the stickers while avoiding any smudges. When all nails are sticker free, paint on a coat of quick dry coating. This was the first of Lilian's tips but after sceptically paying nearly £7 for Save The Nail "45 Second Dry" I am entirely convinced. It does exactly what it says on the bottle and leaves your nails with a super glossy coating, like a 'proper' manicure.


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Lilian's second stellar tip is for mini DIY cotton buds made from cotton wool pads and toothpicks. They are perfect for dipping in nail varnish remover and cleaning up any smudges and are so much more accurate than ordinary cotton buds, even the pointed kind. Just put a little NVR on a cotton pad and roll a toothpick on the pad until a little comes away. Smooth it off with your finger and clean off the smudges. Thanks Lillian! x

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28 comments:

  1. Oh Cait, your nails look so lovely- I will most definitely be trying this out! x

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  2. Love these nails
    Also love Paul & Joe nail remover, smells nice


    Tara

    xx

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  3. Ohh they look lovely! I love the colour of the polish! <3 And it is simply genius the way you've stopped the colour from bleeding!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  4. Your nails look lovely, I shall definitely be trying this! xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  5. You make it sound so easy I'm looking forward to try this technique!


    Have a great week.

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  6. This is genius! I love the look of them, very simple but modern. x

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  7. I love the shade of nail varnish! this is a lovely idea...I'll have to try to find time to try it out.

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  8. Loved this tutorial! Thank you

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  9. How funny, I posted about nails today too! Although your post is much more thorough than mine. This looks great, thanks for the tips!

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  10. Such a good idea! Very thrifty!

    victoriasprocrastinationproject.blogspot.com

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  11. What a lovely tutorial. Wish I was better at that kind of stuff!!


    ♥, Ette
    www.thriftedkarma.com

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  12. Great tutorial! I definitely need to try this one out!
    Julia @ Retro Jules

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  13. Hi!!
    I love your blog, your photos and your outfits
    Great!

    kisses

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  14. Love this and I love the colours you have used. Thank you for sharing.

    http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com

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  15. Such a lovely, lovely post. Slightly odd thing to say but - you have beautiful hands! Will definitely be trying this out.

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  16. They are stunning! And you made it look so simple.

    I'll definitely give this a try.

    xx

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  17. these are so lush.

    Helen, X
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  18. i love this so much! thanks for sharing! love your blog as well, I'm your new loyal follower! would love it if you checked out my blog!

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena xxxx

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  19. That is a very smart idea, using the stickers as a guide. In the past I've always eyeballed it, this seems like a much easier and more accurate way, thanks for the tip!

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  20. How clever!! What's funny is that I am actually reading atonement right now and Emily's half-moon nails were mnetione but it didn't appeal to me and I can't really remember seeing them in the film but after reading this post and seeing the outcome, I am v.impressed and want to have my own go!! XX

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  21. Great DIY post! I just did half moons with a nail art pen - they look ok but aren't too acurate - think I need to get some of the hole protectors!! :)

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  22. i had been wanting to try this manicure for the longest time but could never find the right stickers to use. you're a genius! i tried it last night and it turned out perfect. thanks a million for the "tips" :)

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  23. So THAT was the secret! Thank you for sharing!

    Kisses from Paris

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  24. So that's how they do it :)great tips and your nails look fab X

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  25. Miss, you do have one of the most beautiful hands I've ever seen :)

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  26. Miss, you do have one of the most beautiful hands I've ever seen :)

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  27. Miss, you do have one of the most beautiful hands I've ever seen :)

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  28. I have been eyeing up the nail varnish remover bottle, thinking it was a charity shop/car boot sale find, I've been searching for one similar for ages, and then I stumbled across Paul and Joe cosmetics and realised that's where you bought it from! Just ordered it from beautybay, need that on my dressing table! :-)

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