Half Moon Manicure: Illamasqua Faux Pas with Barry M Foil Effects Silver

Ok, so a few weeks ago I managed a classic, vintage half moon manicure in red, using Illamasqua Throb. I loved it and it was fairly easy once I knew how. So yesterday, I decided to experiment with a different colour combination, and what better combination than my two most recent nail polish purchases: Illamasqua Faux Pas and Barry M Foil Effect in Silver?

I thought I’d take some photos during the process as well as a tutorial for this half moon manicure technique, which I can say is pretty easy to do, once you know how!

Here’s what you need, two nail colours of choice, hole reinforcer stickers (from a stationary shop) and a good base coat. Later on you’ll also benefit from a pair of tweezers.

So you’ve, tidied your nails, done a base coat and chosen your colours. Apply the base coat, I’ve chosen to use Barry M Foil Effects in Silver, let it dry thoroughly. Leave it as long as you can to ensure that the next step doesn’t mess up. Apply the circle stickers to the nail in the desired location, and stick down firmly, making sure that there are no gaps on the nail surface, as these will act as a stencil.

Apply, your next colour coat carefully, ensuring that you paint slightly over the sticker, so as to achieve a neat line. Let this coat dry thoroughly. I chose to use Illasmasqua Faux Pas, as I thought the contrast between metallic and this gorgeous matte purple would be so nice.

Once this coat is dry, you need to carefully remove the sticker stencils. Remove them slowly and carefully, I used tweezers to minimise the chances of a mess up. You might find that the stickers will leave a little residue or flaw in the under colour, don’t worry you can fix this later. I gently rubbed off any sticky residue the day after and any touch ups I did with a steady hand and small brush.

What do you think of the results? I just love it, very pleased with this method.

If you need to, you can fix this design with a top coat, but for me I wanted to keep the matte effect of the Illamasqua Faux Pas, so have missed this step out. What do you think of this colour combination?

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