I'm back!!! It has been such a long time since I've done a blog post. I have been such a busy bee lately, but for good reason. In January, I left my job of 12 years to pursue my singing career full time. Let's just say it has been a very interesting journey. I wouldn't have it any other way though. I feel that it was the best decision I could have ever made.
For this entry, I would like to share how I do my half moon manicure. I get lots of questions about them all the time. Since I am now self employed I do my own nails for budget reasons. I have seen plenty of tutorials and pictorials on how to do this manicure, but they never seemed to work out for me. I am also on a mission to switch all products that I use to green beauty products (all natural). That has also been an interesting journey that I am enjoying at the moment. It's difficult to find products that are completely clean, but I try to get products that are the lesser of two evils I suppose.
The products I use:
▪Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover
▪Cotton Balls or Squares
▪Nail File and Nail buffer
▪Mineral Fusion Top Coat
▪100% Pure Nail Polish in Tomato and Base Coat
▪Elf concealer brush
Step 1: Remove any nail polish you have on your nails with Cotton Balls or Squares.
Step 2: Clip and file nail into desired shape. I personally like the Almond Shape. I try to file in one direction.
Step 3: Use Cuticle Nipper to remove any hangnails. I don't like to mess with my cuticles. I feel like they are there for a reason.
Step 3: Lightly buff nail surface. This helps make the polish last longer
Step 4: Apply Base Coat
Step: 5: Apply a thin layer of polish to nails avoiding the cuticle area completely. Be sure to polish the ends of your nails as well.
Step 6: Dip concealer brush into the Nail Polish Remover and clean up the round shape (half moon) at the bottom of your cuticle.
Step 7: Carefully apply 2 more coats of polish, allowing at least 2 minutes between each coat.
Step 8: Clean up any areas needed with nail polish remover and apply top coat all the way to the ends of the nail.
Of course you don't have to use the exact products that I used, but this is what works for me. It also lasts for quite a while (approx. 2 weeks). For an even longer lasting manicure, or if I'm feeling fancy, I apply Mineral Fusion Glitter Top Coat or either 100% Pure polish in the color Democrat over the polish, avoiding the cuticle area. If you happen to try this method, please let me know how it works out for you.
Here’s a quick video that shows the whole process. Enjoy! Let me know what you think. Have you done a half moon manicure? Let me know what works for you.
***Side Note: The song in this video is a cover I sang with my band called “As Long As I’m Movin”