Souzan Michael
Updated Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:58 am
Crescent Nail Art
Credit: Betina Goldstein/

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all about nail art—from cow print, to tie-dye patterns, to zodiac-inspired nails, we’re not afraid to experiment when it comes to our digits. But sometimes, even we like to take a less-is-more approach and opt for nail art of a more subtle variety.

Enter: crescent nails. Often paired with bare or nude nails, this chic trend is a great way to add just a touch of glitter or color to your mani. The manicure approach is simple. First, paint your nails a solid color—nude is the most common hue used in the trend—and then choose a complementary shade (glitter works especially well here) to draw a thin outline alone one side of each nail. And voila!

Below are some of our favorite examples of crescent nail art on Instagram. But be warned: the trend requires a pretty steady hand.

A perfect wedding mani, non?

We love the graphic detail added by the thin black line.

The white crescent moon and pale pink manicure are a match made in heaven.

Chunky sequins on bare nails? The perfect juxtaposition of glam and neutral.

So beautiful—and created for a bride, nonetheless.

A bolder take on the trend, accented with gold glitter.

Rose on rose, we love how this mani plays with texture.

Art Deco vibes that combine another 2019 nail art trend, pearl-studded nails.