“moonmanicuredemo” src=”http://vintagevivant.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/moonmanicuredemo.jpg” alt=”" width=”1000″ height=”531″ /> I always notice 1930s manicures because in films, there is inevitably a close up of a woman holding a telegraph letter or clicking away at a typewriter. I’ve cut my nails into little sharp points for about four years, and it is a very satisfying, wearable shape. This manicure makes my nails grow longer because there is less surface area on the edges to nick. Also, this style suits my busy hands-on lifestyle because it rarely needs a touch up since the tips are bare.
Here is my 1930s style manicure, with the moons and the tips left naked. I was apprehensive to try out this style because I thought this would be difficult to execute, but it was so simple! The secret is to paint horizontally on the nail, not vertically like normal paint jobs. I have very pronounced moons in my nails, so I was able to follow them with the brush and create the pattern with little problem. If you have a shakey hand, I suggest cheap circular paper reinforcers as sticker guides for the polish.
A highly pigmented polish (such as OPI) will ensure that less coats of polish are needed. If you decide to add a clear top coat, make sure your nails are dry for a few hours, lest the pigmented color bleeds into the clear.
1. My nails before cutting
2. The first cuts – make them sharp and angled.
3. Pointed nails, after shaping with a file to soften points
4. Make your first stroke in horizontal motion. Continue filling in the nail with horizontal strokes.
Images from John Galliano’s Fall Fashion 2007, the “Boudoir Doll” fashion show
Diagram of Dita