Friday, January 14, 2011

Funky Half Moon

I came up with this idea just this morning and figured I'd wait to try it until the China Glaze Anchor's Away collection came out (for the navy and the red). As you can see, I didn't make it that long before trying it out.

I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On for the base (plus a coat of SV), then used Liquid Palisade to form the half moons and just painted over with RBL Dead Calm (navy), and OPI Monsooner of Later (red... I know it looks orange here, but it is a bright orange-red in person). One note about Liquid Palisade. It's pretty awesome, but make sure you give yourself an extra "tail" with which to pull it off once you've painted over it, and probably pull it off with tweezers (I didn't do either and got blue and red all over my other hand's fingers...). After I let it dry just a bit, I dotted White On in little dots (freehand with a dotting tool).

I like this one, but it takes awhile and I don't think I have the patience to complete the design on my other hand as well. I think it looks sort of nautical, or like a polka-dotted dress.

What does this design remind you of? Have you tried/do you like the half-moon manicures?


  1. It reminds me of Minnie Mouse. I like half moon manicures, but I'm going to wait on my own bottle of liquid palisade before I try it. XD

  2. This is really beautiful. I can't stop looking at it. I think I could never used dotting tool half as good as you did here =).
    And I really like the color combo =)

  3. Really cool, I love nails with white polka dots. :)

  4. Super cute!

    I tagged you:

  5. This is really adorable and I want to try it myself haha :)

  6. wow gorgeous! really adorable! great work!!

  7. Oh, I love it! his one makes me smile - I adore polka dots, and with a twist - even better!

  8. I love this mani! It's super cute and reminds me of a nautical theme, must be the colours :)

  9. This reminds me of sexy pinup girls!

    I've never tried the half moon manicure, but I've tried the ruffian, and I think a half moon would be harder to do than the ruffian!

  10. Your nails look great!! I'm so glad you liked your liquid palisade!!! It was a very nice surprise to see your mention!!
    Thank you,
    Jacqueline Smith

  11. this is a seriously cute and retro mani! i totally la la love it!

  12. I just found this blog thanks to a friend and I've been reading it pretty much all day now. :)

    I'm in love with the blue and white dotted nails (being a Yankees fan) and never thought of doing them myself. I wanted to try it right away. So, if I could share, I make jewelry and used a headpin as my dotting tool to try it and it worked great. You can get them real cheap (if they are just base metal) and I used both ends, the flat head side for large dots and the tip for tiny dots. Thanks for the idea!

    Also, thank you for teaching me some new things. Never heard of jellys before and now I can't wait to find them.

    You've definitely got a new fan!


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