The moon looks lovely at night especially when it’s autumn season, or when two love birds are busy looking at each other. So does half moon.

Well without dissecting the moon, I am referring to the half moon manicure popularly called reverse french manicure. It is a favourite go-to nail design that is taking centre stage not only at the fashion shows but on the red carpet too.

In fact, popular Hollywood celebs such as Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford were some of the big screen celebrities in the ‘30s and ‘40s who popularised reverse french manicure. You know the classic long oval shape and a rounded top and red glam looking nail polish. This nail shape made their fingers look delicate and longer, as much as sensual which was a pretty common feature in the cine ladies at that time.

Nowadays, Dita von Teese and Rihanna have given in to the reverse french manicure designs. Why leave Jennifer Lopez who was a sight to watch in the New York premiere of her latest film “Parker” as she sported her gorgeous white ensemble and reverse french tip manicure. Sounds so hot!

All this put together means if you are a DIY or a fashion savvy girl then you too can turn to the lovely mani form of nail art reverse french manicure.

So come let’s find out what makes reverse french manicure tick not just as a fashion statement but statement manicure.


The traditional French mani is all about highlighting the nail tips. Whereas, the reverse french manicure involves painting the circular moon shape of your nail bed in a contrasting shade to the rest of your nail.

If you have long oval shaped nails that imitates the shape of the half moon placed on the base of your nails, then reverse french tip manicure is ideal for you.

In case you have short nails, you can still rock reverse french manicure. All you need to do is file your nail tips to a round or oval shape and bingo you are done.


The best thing about nail art reverse french manicure is that it is easy to do. Here are few steps on how to do reverse french manicure.

1. Begin With A Base Coat

Yes, applying a base coat is important ‘cos it protects your nails from going brittle, stained or yellow. Plus it makes your nail polish last longer and gives them a glam look.

2. Paint Your Nails With The First Color

Once the base coat dries, apply two coats of a metallic shade. Try out Essie Nail Polish in No Place Like Chrome and allow it to dry.

3. Pick A Contrasting Shade

Now pick a second color like Essie Nail Polish in Midnight Cami and swipe it down the center of your nails. Put two more swipes, on either side of the center swipe. See to it that the color reaches the ends of your nail bed.

4. Give The Final Touch With Top Coat

A glossy top coat will surely help in sealing the nail art reverse french manicure.

Additional Tips In Reverse French Manicure

In the fall season, black and wine colors are generally used and are perfect when you are thinking about reverse french manicure ideas.

However, in spring time, yellow and pink colors suit reverse french tip manicure more. So the color combinations vary a bit with the season.

I do hope you liked the reverse french manicure which is popping up as the ‘it’ nail code. Write in your comments and views on reverse french manicure ideas and let us know your side of the story.