Outer space has inspired many a manicure, from the classic moon manicure (okay, it may be named for the moon of your nails and not the moon in the sky, but still!) to glittering galaxy-style nail art. Last fall Jeremy Laing had many a moon print in his collection and this season it seems Carolina Herrera is taking inspiration from astronomy. Two pieces in particular seemed to capture the crater-filled, swirling surface of the moon and it’s this print that served as the basis for today’s nail art. (Also, I’m not the only one completely enamoured with the images of Mars that the Curiosity Rover has been sending back to Earth, right? Outer space is on-trend!) To get the surface of the moon on your nails, you’ll need two shades of mushroom-purple nail polish, a silver-purple glitter and a few dotting tools. Don’t worry, this manicure is easier than rocket science.
The inspiration: <b>Carolina Herrera</b> Fall 2012<br />
(See this look in our <a href="http://www.fashionmagazine.com/blogs/fashion/2012/08/13/fall-winter-2012-trend-report/attachment/f12trendsjsize5/">Fall/Winter trend report</a>.)
1. After applying a base coat, paint each nail with a dark, mushroom-purple shade.<br />
2. Draw on the moon rivers: Use a black polish and a striping brush to paint 3 curving thin lines on each nail. (Ensure placement varies between each nail.)<br />
3. Add some texture to your moon surface: Use a lighter mushroom-purple shade and a crumpled up bit of plastic wrap to lightly dab the polish on each nail.<br />
4. Give your moon some craters: Use a medium dotting tool to add 3-4 dots of the darker mushroom-purple polish on each nail. After a few minutes use a smaller dotting tool and the lighter mushroom-purple polish to “fill in” the centre of each crater.<br />
5. Add some sparkle! Using the plastic wrap method, apply a sheer glitter polish sparingly across each nail.<br />
6. Clean up your cuticles with a brush dipped in acetone and finish it off with a shiny top coat.