Tutorials: DIY Moonicure: Nail Tutorial

We’re pumped about OPI’s newest nail polish collection: Breakfast At Tiffany’s. The colors range from the classic blue, to deep reds and glitzy golds. Neroli Salon & Spa Nail Designer, Lisa knew these colors would make for the perfect holiday manicure. She’s created a negative space nail tutorial that is polished, classy, and the perfect combination of sparkle & shine.


Nail Prep:
• Orangewood Stick
• Yellow Block Buffer
• Nail File
• Cuticle Oil (Aveda’s Beautifying Composition)
• Cuticle Softener (Aveda’s Cuticle Control)
• Cotton Rounds
• Nail Polish Remover (Zoya’s “Remove +” is my fav!)

Polish Application:
• Base & Top Coat (Zoya’s “Anchor” & “Armor”)
• Nail Polish Colors
For this design, I used the following colors:
– OPI’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Five-and-Ten and I Believe in Manicures

Art Supplies:
– Acrylic paint or nail polish colors
– Fine point paint brush (I use a brush from Sally’s Beauty Supply from the brand “Winning Nails”)
– Flat Square Brush for ombré glitter

Prep time: 10 min
Polish time: 15 min
Art design: 20-30 min
Drying time: 30-45 minimg_8063

Step 1: File nails with your nail file. When finished, apply cuticle softener (I use Aveda’s Cuticle Control) to your cuticles. Let sit on for 5 minutes, then rinse off. Push back cuticles with an orangewood stick.

Step 2: Apply cuticle oil (like Aveda’s Beautifying Composition) to cuticles and massage into nail beds to add hydration. Buff nails with your yellow block buffer as this will allow for a smooth surface.

Step 3: Prep nails for polish with nail polish remover. This step is really important because any oil or lotion that is on your nail won’t allow the polish to adhere and dry properly. Next, apply a thin base coat.

Step 4: Apply 2 color coats to nails, giving about 10 seconds to dry in between each layer. Applying thin coats is important so it can drop properly and evenly. Let nails dry for 10 minutes before starting art.

Step 5: Nail Art Time!

Step 6: Once your art has set for about 5 minutes, apply a thin top coat. Make sure to cap the edges of your nails to seal everything in, too! This step helps your polish application to last a lot longer.- If you did use the Zoya system, Finish with Zoya’s drying drops to help speed up drying time. Give nail polish about 30 minutes to fully dry, though Zoya sets in about 10 minutes.


Negative Space Half-Moon: Using your fine point paint brush, starting on either edge of your nail about 1/6 of the way down from the cuticle, start creating your half-moon shape. Curve your brush going downward, then back up as you connect it to the other side. Once you have your line formed, fill in the bottom portion of your nail with the blue. 2 – 3 coats will be needed to get enough coverage.





Blue Half-Moon aka “moonicure”: Just at you did for the negative space nails, create your half moon by starting on either side of your nail with blue paint, and curve downward, and then back up to connect to the opposite edge. Once that line is the way you would like it to look, fill in upper portion with blue paint. Again, 2 – 3 coats will be needed to get enough coverage.



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This post was written by Neroli Downtown Nail DesignerLisa. To schedule a manicure or pedicure service with Lisa, call 414.227.2888.

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