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How to Create a Half-Moon Nail

Half-moon manicures have been around since the early 1920's and to this day have remained a firm favorite in the fashion world. Check out our Divine tutorial for a color-blocked orange and gray version.

Year after year, I spot these manicures on the catwalks at fashion weeks all over the world. The style is also a particular favorite of Dita Von Teese who works this nail trend in as her trademark. She can be found wearing a nude and red half-moon nail at almost every event she attends. The classic nail art design fits perfectly with Dita’s vintage style, don’t you think?

Half-moon nail art is actually much easier than it looks if you know the tricks of the trade! I always use sticky hole reinforcers to create my half-moons to make sure I achieve a runway-ready look every time. Read on to find out how it’s done. 

For this nail art you’ll need two nail polish colors of your choice. I’m using an orange and gray combination to give my nails a '60s mod twist. Make sure you also have a fast-drying top coat and plenty of these hole reinforcers, which you can find in most craft stores and even in the supermarket. I always cut them down the middle to get twice as many uses out of a pack!



  1. Paint your nails with your moon color and apply a thin layer of your top coat. Let it dry completely before moving on to step 2.
  2. Place the reinforcer near your cuticle to mark off your half-moon.
  3. Paint over your whole nail with the second color, making sure you get right up to the edges of the sticker.
  4. Carefully remove the sticker when the polish is still wet and apply a top coat to seal everything in. Use a nail art brush dipped in nail polish remover to remove any excess around your nail and you’re all done!

For more nail art inspiration, visit Sammy at The Nailasaurus!

Sammy Tremlin

Sammy is a nail blogger who some might say has too much time and nail polish on her hands. She blogs at The Nailasaurus, a space to share her passion for everything nails.

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