A Half-Moon manicure with a French touch!

Nail art tutorial: when the Half-Moon manicure goes French!

We're always on the lookout for new nail art inspiration, and when we saw this Half-Moon-meets-French-manicure from Tadashi Shoji F/W14, we knew we had to copy it!

Why try?

To start, we love the combination of two classic manicures to create a fresh, unique one. In addition, the color scheme shown here plays on two of this season's biggest trends: gold and sheer. It's a simple look that's easy to achieve, elegant and classic, but new and unexpected at the same time. In short, it's kind of perfect.

Get the look

Because of the sheer sections in this look, the technique for achieving it will be slightly different than if you were doing a classic Half-Moon or French manicure. In fact you have two options:

Freehand

The quickest way of doing this might be to simply paint your entire nail with gold nail polish, wait for it to dry, and then use a Q-tip or paint brush dipped in nail polish remover to "erase" the section in the middle.

Manicure tape

If you don't want to go down the nail polish remover route, and prefer instead to have a more precise finish, you can use tape/stickers. To do this, start by taking a piece of tape and cutting out a rounded shape at the bottom. Apply the tape to your nails and paint each one to create the half-moon shape over your lunula (the white rounded portion at the base of your nail). Then, use the top of the tape to create a straight line at the top of the nail, which will create a French manicure.

Either way, be sure to finish the look with a strong top coat to keep your nail art pristine all week long!

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