Master the Half-Moon Mani in Five Steps

(Source: Londontown)The classic French manicure just got a facelift. We've spotted the cool half-moon mani on celebs such as Kelly Osbourne and Dita Von Teese, not to mention the inverted look made several appearances on the Fall 2014 runways. If you're like us and are itching to give the look a go, now's your chance. We got the lowdown from Tracey Sutter of Cloutier Remix using Londontown on how she created a plum-and-green inverted mani in five simple steps.

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Tools
Base coat, such as Kur Nail Hardener ($25)
Two contrasting nail polishes, such as Portobello Plum and Secret Garden Posh ($22 each)
Top coat, such as Kur Protective Top Coat ($25)
Orange wood stick ($5, at Walmart)
Q-tips ($3, at Walmart)
French tip stickers ($1, at Ulta) 

Steps
1) Prep the nails: File to desired shape. Apply a cuticle solvent to cuticle area and use a cuticle pusher or orange wood stick to gently push back cuticles. Wipe away cuticle solvent with an alcohol-soaked cotton swab. Apply one coat of the base coat and let dry.
2) Begin nail art: Apply the French tip stickers close to the bottom of the nail.
(Source: Londontown)3) Apply the first color to the bottom half-moon section of the nail and let dry. Sutter used Lakur's Secret Garden Posh. Repeat with second coat.
(Source: Londontown)4) Remove the manicure stickers. If your half-moon line isn't as straight as you had hoped, use a Q-tip dipped in acetone to finish off the smooth line and remove any glue from stickers.
5) Use the second color (in this case Portobello Plum) to fill in the rest of the nail. Be careful not to paint over your previous color. Apply a second coat of the color to the nail and let dry. Apply a top coat.
(Source: Londontown)See, we told you it was simple!
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