Expert Tip - The elegant half moon is a classic manicure dating back to the late 1930s and 40s. Highlighting the lunula, or half moon, was a way to demonstrate the health of the nail, and the fashionable nature of the wearer. This is the perfect look for a bride who appreciates the classics and wants a subtle step up from the everyday mani for her special day.
Start with a single coat of a neutral shade. I used Zoya "Kennedy" to mask the nail line and create a perfect foundation for the rest of the look. Continue by painting the half moon with an ivory creme polish like ORLY "Powder Puff." Allow to dry. Using a light hand, spread a single coat of a sheer wash of pink. Here, I used the classic Essie shade, "Mademoiselle." To keep the look soft, apply satin finish topcoat like Zoya's "Naked Manicure Satin Seal Topcoat."
ORLY Powder Puff, $8.50 - Jeff Pink, the creator of ORLY, also created the original French manicure. What better way to update the French mani than with a nod to its originator!
Essie Mademoiselle, $8.50 - Mademoiselle is the sheer pink that all other sheer pinks wish they could be. Every nailista should have this staple in her polish wardrobe.
Zoya 'Naked Manicure' Satin Seal Topcoat, $12 - The Naked Manicure from Zoya is a game-changer. Completely customize-able, the Naked Manicure system will be seen on the NYFW runways for seasons to come.
Photographer: Luke Schneider (IG: @lukesphoto)
Manicurist: Ashley Gregory (IG: @ashley_g_nails)
Stylist: Clarissa V. Pierre (IG: @madameeclat)
Model: Ali Cavedo with Stewart Talent (IG: @alicavedo)
Manicurist Assistant: Diane Diaz (IG: @enaidee501)