IN the early to mid 30's, women were wearing nail polish on the nails, but keeping their half-moons and tips bare or white. The nail polish colors used were reds, pinks and nudes. By the late '30's women were painting their entire nails. (God forbid!)
Thanks to the nail blogs I have been enamored with, I just recently learned about this style of nail art. This is my more modern, vampy take on the vintage look.
The Painted Woman for the information I got on the Vintage Half-Moon look. There is a wealth of knowledge on that blog. Well worth the read!