Triangle Moon Nails, the predecessors of Half Moon Manicure

Triangle Moon Nails have achieved new-found popularity in the spring summer season, as models at fashion weeks and celebrities galore sported the V-shaped manicure, a predecessor of the Half Moon Manicure.

More diverse than the oval design and more dynamic from a geometrical perspective, the Triangle Moon Mani can be fashioned according to style and taste, altered to compliment different nail lengths and easier to do than the half moon.

Super fun and more adaptable to everyday outfits than the Half Moon, the new trend that has emerged in the new season has already been introduced by celebrities like Pink and Lana del Rey on the red carpet. It’s futile to resist, the Triangle Half Moon Manicure is one trend that you can’t help falling in love with!

Triangle Moon Mani designers & celebrities

Triangle Moon Mani designers & celebrities

It offers the possibility of adjusting the triangle shape however you please – you can create a wider V or a dramatically pointed triangle or a skinny, nail elongating look. Thus, you can go from classic, modern 40s style nails to casual, sporty mani or sophisticated and glamorous, just by choosing different nail polish combos.

Though the Triangle Mani employs the same basic application principles as the Half Moon design, the difference is that the circular moon shape of your nail bed is now turned into a triangle, painted in a contrasting shade to the rest of the nail. This helps create more dynamic look and elongate the appearance of the nails.

Triangle Manicure

Triangle Manicure

Another difference between the two designs is that while the Half Moon looked better on those of you with longer, oval shaped nails, in the style of 40s glamor girls, the Triangle Moon Nails look just as good on ladies who like to keep their nails short, but also fancy fun nail art.

If you’ve found the Half Moon design tough to recreate, take a look at my step-by-step tutorial and some of my personal favorite looks of this reversed French manicure. Both nail designs are quite lovely and it would be a shame not to learn to do both the Half Moon Manicure and the Triangle Moon Nails.

Triangle Half moon

Triangle Half moon

To achieve the later, you would have to work even less than you did to get the Half-Moon Manicure. Simply choose two contrasting colors and start applying one of them (either the darker or the lighter) on the entire nail bed. Wait for this to dry out completely for about 20 or 30 minutes before you apply reinforcement tape to guide you in the triangle shaping.

If you have a steady hand and some practice with nail art, you won’t even need the tape. You can achieved the desired V shape by using a nail art brush or a fine dotting pen or even with the some of the traditional nail polish brushes.

Triangle Moon Manicure

Triangle Moon Manicure

Paint from the left diagonally, then the right diagonally, overlapping approximately 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2-inches above the nail tip to achieve your desired V-shape. Try to paint the diagonal in one fell swoop and not too slowly. If you paint it too slowly, the edge will not be as straight as it could be.

If you use the tape, leave it on for as long as it takes for the nail polish to dry, otherwise you might damage the design edges. Always apply a top coat to ensure the longevity of your nail art and give it shine. Voila!

Spring Triangle Moon Nails

Spring Triangle Moon Nails

I hope this Triangle Moon Nail Tutorial helps you achieve what is about to become one of the most popular beauty trends of the spring/summer 2013 season. Let me know what colors you would try for this look and what ideas you have to glam it up. Most importantly, have fun wearing your V-shaped nails!

Luiza

As a professional make-up artist and beauty enthusiast, Luiza's expertise has become highly prized over the years. As owner of this site, she set her mind to create a publication for those who are focused not just on beauty trends and popular brands, but also on the industry's most well-kept secrets.

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