Today I will be talking about popular manicure styles in the 1930s and replicate Joan Crawford’s 1930s manicure as seen in photos as seen in vintage images from the 1930s.
Back in the 1930s, women didn’t paint their fingernails the whole way. They would only paint the center of the nail, leaving a half-moon cuticle and leave the tips bare with the underside tinted with a nail-white pencil or cream. It is called the moon manicure, which is a french manicure in reverse. Based on the photos of Joan Crawford in the 1930s, she had an art deco inspired moon manicure with extremely pointed tips.
Popular nail polish colors in the 1930s were most reds from rosy to deep crimson. Cutex color choices in 1932 were Natural, Rose, Coral, Cardinal, and Colorless. Revlon colors introduced for the summer of 1935 included ‘Sun Rose’ and ‘Chestnut.’ Cutex named the ‘smartest colors’ for 1936 as Rose, Ruby, and Rust.