How to Do a Moon Manicure

How to Do a Moon Manicure


Some of you noticed my nails in my recent YouTube videos.  I gave myself a moon manicure, which became very popular the last couple of years after being worn on the runways during fashion week.  Designer Kat Von D evidently always wears her nails in a traditional moon manicure, which is an ode to the 1930’s era she loves.  The first time I attempted this mani, I was sooooo not successful.  I made a few changes and this time it turned out super cute, if I do say so myself!  I decided at the last minute to do a picturial (no video, sorry) which easily explains how to do a moon manicure.

how to do a moon manicure
Colors Used:
OPI Oy Another Polish Joke & Eurso…Euro

How to Do a Moon Manicure:

  1. Paint two coats of your base color and allow your nails to completely dry.
  2. Place a reinforcement on your nail, over the bottom of the nail and cuticle.  Be sure to smooth down the edges of the reinforcement using a nail tool or orange stick.
  3. Paint the top portion of your nail with the polish of your choice, covering the top of the reinforcement for a crisp edge.
  4. Within 10 seconds, carefully peel away the reinforcement.
  5. Wait until your nails dry then add your top coat and you are finished!

how to do a moon manicure

A few tips – I cannot stress enough how important it is to allow your base color to completely dry.  Wait at least 30 minutes.  Before placing the reinforcement on your nail, stick it on your finger or the edge of a desk a few times to reduce the adhesive power.  If it is too sticky it will pull away some of the nail polish when you remove it.  Lastly, most top coats cause a bit of smearing when applied over wet polish.  The line of the moon manicure should be crisp so wait until your nails dry before finishing with your top coat. 

I loved this look, what do you think?

  • FEG

    That looks really nice! It’s funny because I just came from the nail salon and was going to get a moon manicure for the first time, but I decided to wait just in case I didn’t like it. I’m going to a wedding tomorrow evening and I didn’t want to chance it. Coincidentally, I got the same color blue on my nails!

  • Candice

    I love that blue!! You’re inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to nail polish colours