Monday, October 18, 2010

The DIY Ruffian Manicure

Dubbed the "Ruffian Manicure" by CND, this mani is the uber chic sister of the French Manicure. I spotted this look whilst flipping through the lookbook of Creative Nail Design, the creative force behind some of the most inventive nail designs on the runway [and my favorite line of polish].

I love this look because it is unique without being overpowering and lends a very feminine feel to your digits. It is extremely easy, and is perfect for the DIY divas and beauties on a budget. This simple mani also works for those looking for nail art without the bling.

You Will Need:
Base Coat: Protein Base Coat/Essie
Primary Color: Flashbulb Fuchsia/OPI
Accent Color: White Lilly/Lili
Top Coat: 3 Way Nail Glaze/Essie
French Manicure Stickers

Paint your nails with a base coat - This will help prevent staining and will also extend the life of your manicure.
Paint your nails with two coats of the accent color of choice. Allow to dry for 20-30 minutes [It is important for your nails to be completely dry before applying the french manicure stickers].
Apply the French Manicure stickers upside down. For a nice clean line, make sure to rub the sticker on the nail and that there are no ridges or raised areas where the sticker and nail meets [this ensures no polish gets underneath the sticker].

Paint your nails with two coats of your main color and allow to dry for 20-30 minutes prior to removing the sticker. 
>> Remove the sticker and touch up nails as needed [removing color from the cuticles or skin].

Enjoy your new Ruffian Manicure!

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  1. just found your blog today and I love have a new follower!


  2. OMG I love it ! I'm def tryin this tomorrow !

  3. omg..too cute!! im gunna try this

  4. I LOVE it!! Where did you get your french manicure stickers?

  5. very chic. i will be trying this and adding some jewels

  6. Very nice! I will try that this weekend. I also recently discovered these two great blogs that are all about nail polish:

    Definitely fun reads!


  7. I'm more a pastel girl, not brave enough for red, but I have to try this, it looks like an upside down french manicure! Love it.


  8. the bronzer looks great! which bronzer from mac is it?

  9. Very cute! I'm going to have to try this one...


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