How to get a half-moon manicure perfect for New Year's Eve

As much as I love finding cool nail art on Pinterest, I rarely test it out on my own digits. But I've been infatuated with the half-moon manicure for quite some time and what a better way to ring in 2015 with something I've never done before. On Pinterest I've seen subtle half moon nail art, like a pale pink with gold glitter embellishment. This look is definitely bold-bright red Essie polish in Double Breasted Jacket, which is my favorite red polish right now. At the base, I'm wearing Essie in Ignite the Night, a sparkling hematite lacquer. It was the perfect color combination for a beauty segment I did on Fox 5 News DC (segment to be posted online soon)!

Want to try the Half-Moon manicure at home? Read on for my simple five-step tutorial below:

Step 1: Start with clean nails and a base coat. Apply 1 to 2 coats of glitter polish to your whole nail. Let the polish dry for at least 20 minutes to keep from the polish peeling off when you apply reinforcement stickers.

Step 2: 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 to lay more evenly on each nail. Apply pressure to each, making sure they are secure to your nail.

Step 3: Paint the top half of your nail with two coats of solid color polish. Let this coat dry for at least 10 minutes.

Step 4: Carefully pull the reinforcement stickers off each nail.

Step 5: Finish with a clear top coat.

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