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  • How to Do a Half-Moon Mani

    half-moon nail design

    Think French manicure—but reversed. Learn how to create a smile line high up onto the nail plate by dipping.

    PRO TIP: For best results, use a dip tray to create this half-moon and negative space nail art. This technique will allow better control near the cuticle line and will help to achieve cleaner lines.

    Step 1
    • Apply a coat of Step 1 Bond to all fingernails
    Step 2
    • Apply a thin coat of Step 2 Base to the entire nail surface, stroking out towards the tip of the nail

    PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base if applied

    Step 3
    • Quickly dip the nail at a 45-degree angle into the choice of acrylic color powder creating a French tip smile line high up onto the nail plate
    Step 4
    • Pour over Base & Finish onto the rest of the wet nail plate before Step 2 Base is dry

    PRO TIP: Tap gently to rid of any loose color dipping powder & gently swipe with a fluffy brush

    Step 5
    • Apply another thin coat of Base to the entire nail surface

    PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base if applied

    Step 6
    • Quickly dip the nail at a 45-degree angle into the choice of acrylic color powder creating a French tip smile line high up onto the nail plate
    Step 7
    • Pour over Base & Finish onto the rest of the wet nail plate before Step 2 Base is dry
    • Tap gently to rid of any loose color dipping powder & gently swipe with a fluffy brush
    Step 8
    • Apply another thin coat of Step 2 Base to the entire nail surface

    PRO TIP: Avoid getting the product onto cuticles, powder will pick up wherever Base if applied

    Step 9
    • Quickly dip the entire nail surface into Base & Finish Essential Acrylic Powder, sealing all layers of powder
    • Hold finger straight down & use a clean brush to lightly remove excess powder from around the nail plate & nail surface
    Step 10
    • Apply a coat of Activator to harden the blend of powder & liquid
    • Allow 3-5 minutes for Activator to dry completely
    Step 11
    • Use a our coarse grit buffer to even out the preferred thickness of the nails, then use the 240 grit buffer to smooth the nail surface
    • Apply another coat of Activator and allow 3-4 minutes for Activator to completely dry
    Step 12
    • Apply a coat of Sealer in quick thin strokes
    • Allow 3 minutes for nails to dry
    Step 13
    • Apply a coat of Sealer in quick thin strokes
    • Allow 3 minutes for nails to dry