Indian women use a vegetable dye called henna to color their nails.
Moon manicure, also called half moon or reverse French manicure, is a style of nail polish that began in the 1930s. In this style, a half moon shape at the base of the nail is either left unpolished or painted in a contrasting color. with the rest of the nail. The lunula is the natural crescent shape that most people have under their nails, in the cuticle. This natural crescent shape sometimes serves as a manicure guide. People can do professional manicure in this half moon style and they can also do this type of polish at home.
Moon manicures are often compared to French manicures.
Manicures date back to around 5,000 years ago, when nails were cleaned, trimmed and decorated with materials popular at the time. Indian women, for example, used a vegetable dye called henna to color their nails. Women in ancient China also colored their nails, but in a way that represented their social stature. In the United States, women generally did not paint their nails until the 1940s, after which red-painted nails were regularly used by celebrities. Most of the manicure styles that are in fashion today have their roots in styles popularized by public figures in the 20th century, including the French manicure and the moon manicure.
Red nail polish was originally the most trendy color.
When it became popular, the most common form of moon manicure was done in a dark red or brown color. The half-moon shape at the base of the nail was usually left bare, with just a coat of clear nail polish to shine through. The moon manicure is back in fashion, thanks to stylists who are sending their models to the catwalk with several variations of this nail polish style. Many celebrities have also been seen wearing moon-shaped nails.
Nails are normally cleaned and soaked during the manicure process.
A professional manicure can be a good choice for anyone who wants stylized nails. Both French and moon manicures require a clean line on the nail that separates two different colors. If this line is crooked, jagged, or in the wrong place, the manicure’s appearance can be ruined. Most professional manicures of this type last from several days to several weeks, depending on how quickly the nails grow and the quality of the materials used.
Home manicures for those who want a moon manicure are also possible with the right tools, although the manicure will not last as long as professionally done nails. Some sort of template or stencil can help cover the half-moon semicircle at the base of the nail to keep it a different shade from the rest. Small manicure kits designed to help users do moon manicure at home are also available with instructions to help them achieve the right look.