Yesterday I posted my first attempt at a half-moon manicure, with the promise of pictures of my second attempt to come soon... And here it is!
To be quite honest, this wasn't my second try; this was my FOURTH that you are seeing pictures of. Nails have to be 100% dry before you put the stickers on them, FYI. Even if they seem dry enough, wait longer. I waited an hour after painting my nails and that wasn't long enough; I ended up having to put Seche Vite on my nail's base color and then waiting two hours after that to apply the stickers and second color before this work without peeling my nail polish off.
I really like the way this turned out; it's still not perfect, but I love the color combination, and it is neater than the first try. However, I still need to practice putting down the guides more evenly. I used a base color that was opaque in one coat, and the second color took two to get opaque, so I didn't have more layers of nail polish on my nails than I absolutely needed. I'd recommend using one-or-two coaters for both colors if you are trying this for the first time. You really don't want 10 layers of polish going on, or else it will never dry.
My base color is Skin Food's Pedicure Sparkle #1, and the contrasting red is Orly's Grave Mistake.
I really, REALLY like this manicure. I left it on until I absolutely had to take it off, even though I had lots of new goodies to try out. I think this shape makes your nails look longer; I just wish I had them filed in a more retro oval shape, which I think would complement the half-moon curve better. I'm crazy about this color combination, too; the hint of intense sparkle with the deep wine-red jelly-creme was stunning in real life. Seriously guys; if you are into glammed up nails, try this!
Hopefully I'll continue getting better at this... I see many half-moon manicures in my future! What about you guys? Is this your style? Have you tried a half-moon shape?