Essence Music Festival – Double Moon Manicure
Well folks, this is the 2nd of 3 suggestions for my Nail Art Challenge Contest. Stephanie suggested that I do a manicure for this weekend’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. As soon as she said New Orleans, I immediately thought of Mardi Gras colors…yellow, green, and purple. I thought of Bourbon St., rich with vibrant colors and sounds…alive with history and culture.
With so much inspiration to pull from, it took me quite a while to figure out what I wanted to do. And I really wanted to incorporate an existing nail trend into this manicure. I actually tried another design Tuesday night, wore it on Wednesday but I really didn’t like it. Last night, I decided upon the “moon manicure” which is also known as the “reverse-French manicure”. In a moon manicure, the moon—that lighter crescent at the base of each nail—is either left unpainted or it is painted a contrasting color to the rest of the nail. Check out this Google Image Search for examples. The moon manicure has been around for a few years though, and I didn’t really have a desire to do it…until now. I needed a way to paint my nails 3 colors without using a striping technique (which I think I do too much of as it is…). So for this manicure, I painted on a base color: 2 coats of Wet n Wild Fast Dry The Wonder Yellow. Next I carefully created a crescent shape at the base of each nail with Wet n Wild Fast Dry Sage In The City. Then, I used Wet n Wild Fast Dry Buffy the Violet Slayer to paint the majority of my nail, being careful to create a 2nd crescent of green. I wanted it to appear like the yellow was transitioning into green which then transitions into purple. Last I painted a pair of eighth notes on my ring finger using The Wonder Yellow.
There you have it…my Essence Music Festival Double Moon Manicure. I hope Stephanie likes it!!
Posted on June 30, 2011, in Nail Art Challenge Contest, Trend Watch and tagged double moon manicure, essence, essence manicure, essence music festival, essence music festival manicure, manicure, moon manicure, music manicure, nail art, nail design, nail polish, New Orleans, New Orleans Manicure, reverse french manicure, Wet n Wild, Wet n Wild Fast Dry, Wet n Wild Fast Dry Buffy the Violet Slayer, Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Polish, Wet n Wild Fast Dry Sage In The City, Wet n Wild Fast Dry The Wonder Yellow. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.