I have been meaning to try a half moon manicure for ages, but just now got around to it! I bought some binder paper hole reinforcers (the little donut stickers) to use as guides. The process itself was really simple; I painted my nails one color like I normally do (with a base coat and top coat), and then after it was completely dry (in this case, a day later once I started seeing some chips on the tips that I wanted to cover up!), I put the stickers on the bottom of my nails and made sure they were pressed tightly against the nail; I used my nails to press them down against the cuticle. Then I painted the tips a contrasting color, and finished the whole thing off with a top coat again.
The colors I used were L'Oreal's Precious Coral for the half moon, and OPI I'm Suzi & I'm A Chocoholic for the tips. It didn't come out perfect; for one, I would make the half moons smaller than I did here, and it was trickier to get a graceful, symmetrical curve than I though it would be. I will post my second attempt soon; it turned out better, but still not perfect.
Have you guys tried this? Did you do it freehand, or did you do use a guide? I don't think I could do this freehand, but I have a really unsteady hand!
I'm really excited to keep playing around with this; I think it's a really simple way to do a more interesting manicure, and it's much more my style than a French manicure. Hopefully after a few more tries I'll perfect my technique!