We’re nostalgic lovers of all things vintage, so of course we find something very sweet about attempting to master a style popular during our grandmother’s era.

Feeling completely smitten after coming across a set of DIY instructions on creating half-moon manicures (reminiscent of the popular 1930s nail trend,) we tried it out ourselves to show you here (we’re even adding a few extra tips gained from hard-won experience.)

On our nails, we used Sally Hansen “Time to Shine” gold glitter nail polish, OPI “Skinny Jeans” blue opalescent nail polish and Sally Hansen “Hard as Nails” clear topcoat but you can use whatever varieties and colors of polish you like!

Step One: fingers should be nail-polish free, clean and dry (applying nail polish to nails after a shower or soak is less effective because water will evaporate post-application and the polish will no longer be even.)  Apply clear base coat over entire nail.  Allow to dry.

Step Two (Optional:) If you care for the “moon” of your nail to be a certain color, paint your nails (entirely) that color and allow to dry.

Step Three: Using regular ol’ masking tape, cut little half-moon shaped stickers and lay them over the top “moon” of your fingernails.  *Optional: cover bottom line of nail with another sticker (this is much closer to the true style in which ladies painted their fingernails in the 1930s.)

Step Four: Apply “main” manicure color to nails, making sure the line of the sticker is covered.  Allow to dry.

Step Five: Remove stickers and apply topcoat to your nails.

Viola!  You’re all done.  If you messed up at all, you can use a q-tip or an orange stick dipped in a little remover to clean up uneven lines and edges.

All in all, this was only slightly more time-consuming than a typical manicure (mostly caused by the cutting out and applying of masking tape moons.)  If you’re looking to shake up your regular ol’ manicure or find a way of incorporating multiple colors of nail polish, we’d recommend trying this out (and would love to hear about your results!)

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