The pin-up girls of the 1940s, with their perfectly coiffed hair and vividly painted fingernails, were the ultimate vixens. Deep red was a favourite nail polish colour at the time, as were other dark hues, such as reddish-brown, navy blue, and black, since it was the style for women to coordinate their nail polish colour with their clothing colour. A popular nail style was the half-moon manicure. To achieve that look, but with a modern twist, consider using a colour other than the classic deep red.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Dark nail polish
- Light nail polish
- Clear nail polish
Paint your entire fingernails in the colour that you want the half-moon portion (lunula) of your nails to be. The lunula is the crescent-shaped whitish area at the bottom of each fingernail, near the cuticle. Use a colour such as light pink or creamy white. For a modern, edgy look, use a colour like silver or taupe. Apply two coats of the polish. Let your nails dry completely.
Place a piece of tape over the lunula of each fingernail.
Paint the uncovered part of each fingernail with a dark-coloured nail polish. Red was the traditional nail polish colour worn by 1940s pin-up girls, but consider tyring a different colour, such as blue or black. Remove the tape when finished. Let your nails dry completely.
Add a shiny, clear top coat of polish to each fingernail to pump up the glossiness and help make your nail colour last longer.
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