Today I am so excited to have a project excerpt from the new book from Nails, Nails, Nails! by Madeline Poole (published by Chronicle Books). This small format book features 25 gorgeous and creative DIY nail designs. Each project comes with step by step photos so you can make your own nails fancy!
One lucky Coquette reader will win a copy of Nails, Nails, Nails!. To enter, please leave a comment to this post telling me why you want this book. Please note that you must be a resident of the US or Canada. The giveaway will end on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5pm PST. Good luck!
Half Moon Nails
from Nails, Nails, Nails! by Madeline Poole
This is a girly yet grown-up look, featuring painted crescents and retro color contrast. Color-coordinate your outfit for two-toned fun.
Get the full DIY for the Half Moon Nails after the jump!
Clear top coat
Note: This look can feature any color pairing, but make sure the top color polish is opaque enough to cover the bottom color.
Step 1: Apply one coat of pink polish to all nails and allow to dry.
Step 2: Apply a second coat of pink polish to the bottom of each nail, carefully covering the moon area (see Nail Anatomy, page 22) and painting to the edges of the bottom part of the nail. Allow time to dry.
Step 3: Apply a clear top coat to all nails and allow 20 minutes to dry.
Step 4: Position a paper reinforcement on the bottom of each nail so the top of the reinforcement follows the line of the moon area and covers the bottom one third of the nail. Press lightly so the paper reinforcement adheres to the nail, pressing more firmly at the edges of the nail where it meets the cuticle.
Step 5: Paint the nail with red polish using upward strokes, swiping your brush across the top of the paper reinforcement and continuing to the top of the nail. Apply to all nails and allow to dry, then repeat with a second coat of red polish.
Step 6: When polish is completely dry, use tweezers to remove the paper reinforcements, pulling slowly and carefully from one side to the other.
Step 7: Apply clear top coat and allow the completed look to dry.