I was pretty slow getting onto the moon manicure trend, like snail-pace slow. It's nothing against it but I was deeply involved in the more patterned nails to care too much for it until recently. When I redid my nails I didn't want them all to be the same so I did a cute little Peter Pan collared shirt with a Swarovski AB Crystal for the sparkle.
Like everything there's always more than one way to do it. If you plan for the smaller section being a light colour then I would just paint all of the nail that shade. I'd then paint the crescent shape with my brush and fill it in like the mint in this video:
Unfortunately the colour I wanted to use in the smaller section was Shellac Steel Gaze with the larger area being Wildfire so I opted to paint my nails in the red shade first and cured it. I then took Steel Gaze, wiped the brush so that there virtually no Shellac on it and then tapped around the cuticle area to cover the edge of the red. Next I used the brush to paint the moon section and filled it in.
Now to some the thought of doing this more delicate handiwork might fill you with dread so here's my biggest tip. A large dotting tool is my best friend here. Before I cure it, if I'm not happy with the angle of the crescent, maybe it's not 'smiley' enough for me let's say, I take my beloved large dotting tool and use it to draw around the outline and smarten it up. The main point to remember is to wipe the dotting tool before you use it again or you'll put the product you've just removed back on again.
This is my favourite part of using Shellac with nail art, you have all the time in the world to do the amendments before you lock it in place by curing it. I hope you've enjoyed reading this post!
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