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Nail Art Tutorial: Wreath Half Moons

Nail Art Tutorial: Wreath Half Moons

12.20.13

By James

For a festive manicure that’s full in style, adorn nails with tiny wreaths and bows. We love the easy dotting involved! Click through to see how Eva of Flight of Whimsy pulled it off. 

  • Supplies Needed:

     

    • 1 red polish: Zoya Blaze
    • 1 black polish: Sinful Colors Black on Black
    • 1 gold polish: Maybelline Bold Gold
    • 1 dark green polish: Sinful Colors Last Chance
    • 1 medium green polish: Sinful Colors Exotic Green
    • 1 light green polish: Essie The More The Merrier
    • Nail art brush
    • 2 sizes of dotting tool
    • Acetone for clean up

     

    SLIDE 1 OF 9
  • Step 1:

    Begin with your favorite base coat. Once dry, apply two coats of Zoya Blaze.

    SLIDE 2 OF 9
  • Step 2:

    Using your larger dotting tool, add dots of dark green polish, such as Sinful Colors Last Chance, in a semi-circle around your cuticle. The dots should not form a straight line, as you will be filling in the gaps with the other colors. Note: If you do not own a dotting tool, an unbent hairpin works very well for the larger dots.

    SLIDE 3 OF 9
  • Step 3:

    Continue adding dots in a medium green, like Exotic Green. Finally, dot on the lightest green, The More The Merrier. When complete, there should be a defined half circle made of green dots.

    SLIDE 4 OF 9
  • Step 3:

    Continue adding dots in a medium green, like Exotic Green. Finally, dot on the lightest green, The More The Merrier. When complete, there should be a defined half circle made of green dots.

    SLIDE 5 OF 9
  • Step 4:

    Using a smaller dotting tool, add small dots on top of the existing dots. This gives the manicure the illusion of depth. Start with the darkest green and work towards the lightest. Note: An unbent paperclip works well for the smaller dots.

    SLIDE 6 OF 9
  • Step 5:

     When the green polish has dried, use a small nail art brush to create two triangles that meet in the middle out of Bold Gold. This creates a bow. Do not try to make the corners sharp; rounded edges will look better. Then add two curved lines from the center of the bow to the edge of your nail, to act as the free edges of the ribbon.

    SLIDE 7 OF 9
  • Step 5:

     When the green polish has dried, use a small nail art brush to create two triangles that meet in the middle out of Bold Gold. This creates a bow. Do not try to make the corners sharp; rounded edges will look better. Then add two curved lines from the center of the bow to the edge of your nail, to act as the free edges of the ribbon.

    SLIDE 8 OF 9
  • Step 6:

    Outline the golden bow in black polish. Draw the central circle first, then the top part of the bow, then the free ribbon. For added detail, draw two small lines from the central circle on each side, and a small loop at the top. Clean any mess with acetone, add top coat, and your design is complete!

    Like Flight of Whimsy on Facebook: facebook.com/flightofwhimsy

    Twitter: @flightofwhimsy

    [Courtesy of Eva Klinman]

    SLIDE 9 OF 9
  • Supplies Needed:

     

    • 1 red polish: Zoya Blaze
    • 1 black polish: Sinful Colors Black on Black
    • 1 gold polish: Maybelline Bold Gold
    • 1 dark green polish: Sinful Colors Last Chance
    • 1 medium green polish: Sinful Colors Exotic Green
    • 1 light green polish: Essie The More The Merrier
    • Nail art brush
    • 2 sizes of dotting tool
    • Acetone for clean up

     

  • Step 1:

    Begin with your favorite base coat. Once dry, apply two coats of Zoya Blaze.

  • Step 2:

    Using your larger dotting tool, add dots of dark green polish, such as Sinful Colors Last Chance, in a semi-circle around your cuticle. The dots should not form a straight line, as you will be filling in the gaps with the other colors. Note: If you do not own a dotting tool, an unbent hairpin works very well for the larger dots.

  • Step 3:

    Continue adding dots in a medium green, like Exotic Green. Finally, dot on the lightest green, The More The Merrier. When complete, there should be a defined half circle made of green dots.

  • Step 3:

    Continue adding dots in a medium green, like Exotic Green. Finally, dot on the lightest green, The More The Merrier. When complete, there should be a defined half circle made of green dots.

  • Step 4:

    Using a smaller dotting tool, add small dots on top of the existing dots. This gives the manicure the illusion of depth. Start with the darkest green and work towards the lightest. Note: An unbent paperclip works well for the smaller dots.

  • Step 5:

     When the green polish has dried, use a small nail art brush to create two triangles that meet in the middle out of Bold Gold. This creates a bow. Do not try to make the corners sharp; rounded edges will look better. Then add two curved lines from the center of the bow to the edge of your nail, to act as the free edges of the ribbon.

  • Step 5:

     When the green polish has dried, use a small nail art brush to create two triangles that meet in the middle out of Bold Gold. This creates a bow. Do not try to make the corners sharp; rounded edges will look better. Then add two curved lines from the center of the bow to the edge of your nail, to act as the free edges of the ribbon.

  • Step 6:

    Outline the golden bow in black polish. Draw the central circle first, then the top part of the bow, then the free ribbon. For added detail, draw two small lines from the central circle on each side, and a small loop at the top. Clean any mess with acetone, add top coat, and your design is complete!

    Like Flight of Whimsy on Facebook: facebook.com/flightofwhimsy

    Twitter: @flightofwhimsy

    [Courtesy of Eva Klinman]

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