Lauren Conrad and her half-moon nails.
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Not to toot our own horn here, but we’ve been mega fans of the half-moon manicure for a while now, so when we saw that Hillsie Lauren Conrad posted a tutorial on how to get the look, we fuh-reaked out. She opted for a midnight blue nail with a silvery moon (eerily similar color combo to our blue moon mani. JUST SAYIN’. Lauren, if you read our blog we send a bajillion hugs your way). LC is somewhat of a nail MASTA—she’s always switching up her tips. Her nail art has ranged from straight up ombre to mix-and-match prints, and we love all of Lauren’s nail looks—this included! To start, you’re going to need silver or metallic glitter polish, navy polish, 10 reinforcement binder stickers (you might remember these things from your school supplies list), and clear polish.
How to get a half-moon manicure.
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LAUREN CONRAD’S STEPS TO A HALF-MOON MANICURE
STEP 1: Start with clean, bare, filed nails. Apply 1 to 2 coats of the silver polish (depending on the coverage of the polish) to your whole nail. Let the polish dry for at least 30 minutes. TIP: It is important your nails are dry before placing the reinforcement stickers on them or else the stickers will peel off the polish and you will have to start all over again.
STEP 2: Once nails are completely dry, place a reinforcement sticker on each nail, mimicking the shape of the moon of your nail. Cutting a slit in each sticker will allow the stickers lay more evenly on each nail. Apply pressure to each, making sure they are secure to your nail. Now paint the top half or your nail with 2 coats of navy blue polish. Let this coat dry for at least 10 minutes.
STEP 3: Once that’s dry, carefully pull the reinforcement stickers off each nail.
STEP 4: Finish with a clear top coat.