Ruffian Manicure


Day 13 of the Nail Challenge is Ruffian !  I freakin love Ruffian manis!    I also love that it makes me wanna speak with a Jamaican accent.  Not sure why… maybe because it reminds me of the word Ragamuffin which makes me think of Reggae music and stuff IDK?  RRRUFFIAN MON! 

ruffian_tapeThis mani was pretty simple- here’s what I did:  I started with a black base of Ebony Hates Chris by wet n wild.  Then I taped my nails off with some french manicure nail guide stickers and applied my contrasting 2nd polish called Sweet Pea Dream by AVON.  I peeled the nail guide stickers off slowly to reveal the ruffian.  A topcoat smoothed it all out and bam-  a sexy ruffian!

Even though the technique is pretty simple- I actually did this mani over the course of two days.  See, I’ll admit that I’m very impatient when it comes to waiting for nails to dry.  When I start painting, I wanna paint all the way through to the end without stopping.  And since I planned to do my ruffian with tape, that means that my black base needs to be completely dry before I apply the nail guide stickers.  The thought of waiting for my black to dry and hoping I don’t mess up my tape job due to still-tacky paint causes me undue stress.  So to avoid all the anxiety and sitting around waiting….I painted my nails black, slapped some quick-drying seche vite on top and called it a day.  I rocked the black nail polish by itself for a day and got some compliments on it so that’s cool!  The next day I applied my nail guide stickers and then painted my 2nd color to finish my ruffian.  This process worked well for me since it eliminated the risk of screwing up my tape job and it allowed me to wear two different manis over the course of two days.  Win, win!


This look is so fresh- it’s like a rebellious french mani!  Classy and wild all at the same time.  I’m in love.

12 Comments on Ruffian Manicure

  1. pocketmoneypolishes
    April 13, 2013 at 10:28 am (2 years ago)

    I love the colour combo – this is really lovely and classic. You and your little reggae accent made me chuckle.

    • Craftynail
      April 13, 2013 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

      LOL thanks mon!

  2. dailycharme
    April 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Ohhh these are pretty!

    • Craftynail
      April 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! When I was wearin them I was all ‘oh yeah, check me out!’ hahah

  3. Nicole
    April 16, 2013 at 4:56 am (2 years ago)

    These look way cool. The shape of the black polish makes it kinda look like a cross between a ruffian and a half moon… It looks awesome straight like that. And good job w the color combo. Looks fresh and classy.

    • Craftynail
      April 16, 2013 at 10:05 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Nicole! I think it’s one of my fave designs so far

  4. talker blogger
    May 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm (11 months ago)

    Where was this lovely blog hiding from my eyes all this time !!!!


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