Everything old becomes new again. The latest retro style to experience a rebirth are half moon manicures, which were popular in the 1930s. According to the Huffington Post, the return of this vintage nail design is credited to Dita Von Teese, who launched a line of pin-up-inspired press on nails.
The earliest versions of the half moon manicure left both the lunula and tip of the nail unpainted and the polish was most often red. Today’s styles include a wide variety of colors and creative twists on the look. The most popular way to create this nail design is by using 3-ring binder reinforcement sticker as show in this tutorial on Syl and Sam.
I’ve compiled a number of fun color combinations, unique variations, and alternate methods to achieve the look. Click through the slideshow and get inspired to try this hot nail trend.
25 Super Pretty Half Moon Manicures to Try 1 of 26
Tutorial: Half Moon Manicure 2 of 26
This how-to shows you how to create pretty burgundy and taupe manicure using 3-ring binder reinforcement stickers.
Found on Syl and Sam.
Nail Art Trends 3 of 26
Coral and mint green are hot colors for Spring. Combine them for half moon nails that are perfectly on-trend.
The how-to is on Seattle In Style.
Half Moon Nails 4 of 26
Red nails with a clear half moon is a classic vintage look.
Get inspired at Much Love, Marie Rojo.
How-to: Half Moon Manicure 5 of 26
Modernize the look with teal and a wider neon half moon. This tutorial uses nail polish strips to create clean lines.
Get the how-to on Parlor.
Zoya Half-Moon Manicure 6 of 26
This blue and army green glitter manicure is a super fun way and unique color combination.
Check it out on Things I Love At the Moment.
A Little Blue to Cool Down White Hot Summer Nails 7 of 26
If you want to get a bit more artistic with your half moon manicure, why not add some fun dots?
Found on Polished-Mi.
Half Moon 8 of 26
This lilac and white manicure was coated with matte topcoat for super cool and modern look. I also love that she used her kid's smiley face stickers.
Learn more at Grape Fizz.
Recent Manis on Instagram 9 of 26
Brighten up for Spring with a variety of pinks and oranges and a glittery gold half moon.
Found on Polish and Pearls.
Elegantly Understated Half-Moon Manicure: Greige Neutrals 10 of 26
This sophisticated manicure uses grey and beige for a more subtle look.
Learn more at Chic Steals.
Studded Chevron Half Moon Mani 11 of 26
Like your nails to be a bit more edgy? Try making the half moon v-shaped and add some studs.
Check it out on Pursuit of Polish.
Wasabi Two-thirds Nails 12 of 26
I love the look of this lime green manicure. Achieving a straight line would be easy with a little scotch tape.
Get motivated to give yourself a mani at Nail Art Is Tacky.
Half Moon Gradient 13 of 26
Incorporate two nail trends in one fun manicure!
Found on Globe and Nail.
Pinspiration Thursday – Turquoise and Coral 14 of 26
This version of the half moon manicure curves in the same direction as the base of your nail.
Find out how it was done on My Polish Problem.
Mani Monday: Peek-a-boo [color] I See You 15 of 26
A rainbow of brights toned down with beige is a brilliant way to wear a half moon manicure.
The how-to is on The West Street Journal.
Orange Half Moon Manicure 16 of 26
Nectarine is one of the Pantone colors for 2013. This two-toned manicure is a great way to get in on the orange trend.
Found on Katiee's Beauty World.
Day 18: Half Moons 17 of 26
Rose Half-Moon 18 of 26
Another fun idea is to stamp a pretty image on your half moon area.
Learn more at Chit Chat Nails.
Pastel Half Moon Mani 19 of 26
I've been having trouble choosing between all of this season's pretty pastel polishes. Here's a way to wear them all.
Found on I Love Nail Polish.
Half Moon Nails Tutorial 20 of 26
This how-to shows you how to create a glitter-filled half moon in pretty neutral shades.
Get the tutorial at The Perfect Fit.
Elegant Half-Moon Nail Art Manicure with Modelâï¿½ï¿½s Own Jade Stone 21 of 26
Seriously, how pretty is this manicure? I love the simple lace design.
Found on Lucy's Stash.
Day 18 âï¿½ï¿½ Half Moons 22 of 26
Orange is my favorite color and the sparkles add an even more festive, summery vibe.
Get inspired at Little Nails.
Give Me the Half Moon Manicure 23 of 26
These dark teal nails look so dramatic with a nude half moon.
Learn more at The Door In My Wardrobe.
Caution: Contents May Be Hot 24 of 26
I love that this manicure was inspired by the author's mod coffee mug!
Found on Kelsie's Nail Files.
Well If You Say Soâï¿½¦ 25 of 26
Make the half moon really small for another twist on the look.
Check it out on Beauty by Clara.
Edgy Half Moon Mani 26 of 26
Love the pointed v-shaped half moons and dark colors in this bold, edgy manicure.
Found on Chloe's Nails.