Something about the start of fall makes me crave rich and regal nail colours. Although you could follow this nail tutorial with any polish your heart desires, I chose a deep red [Sephora by OPI – Mr. Right Now] and my favourite gold [Quo by Orly – Filthy Rich] which you’ve seen before in my Easter nail tutorial.
Here is what you will need:
First you should prime your nails with a base coat. I use OPI Nail Envy [you can read my review here] because it helps strengthen my nails – and when you paint them as much as I do, they start to become weak.
Next paint your entire nail in the colour you want your half-moons to be – I chose gold.
Make sure you allow this coat to dry completely. I use essie good to go [my favourite quick drying top coat – check out the review here, it is a life changer] to speed up the process – because I have absolutely NO patience.
Once you are sure the polish is dry, use binder reinforcements to cover the bottom part of your nail. It should look like this.
Now it’s time to move quickly. Paint one nail at a time with the deep red. Once you have painted the entire top part of your nail, remove the sticker immediately. This is so important – do not wait until it dries or it will not come off easily and your lines will not be clean. Make sure to tackle ONE nail at a time, don’t paint your entire hand and then try to remove the stickers.
Complete all of your nails in the same fashion and seal with a top coat – obviously my top coat of choice is essie good to go, but use whatever works best for you!
You should end up with something that looks like this:
If you aren’t sold on the colour – here are two more options to consider.
The possibilities are endless though – my next half-moon mani will probably be a dark green [think essie Stylenomics – which I am still trying to find in Ottawa] with a lighter green half-moon.
Try it out and send me the pictures. I’d love to see the colour combinations you choose!
Stay dry and have a great day!