The Ruffian Manicure | How To!


Just when I thought I was bored with nail art something new comes my way! If you’re like me, you’re favorite part of nail art is getting to be creative and giving these neat looks your own spin, and the Ruffian manicure does not disappoint.
The Ruffian manicure is the brainchild of the new Ruffian nail lacquer (which I was lucky enough to get to try out in my September Birchbox.). The idea behind the manicure is a throwback to old Hollywood half moon nails and my favorite part of this manicure is that you get to be totally creative which the colors, texture and styles. While I did receive a Ruffian nail lacquer in my Birchbox, it was a dark green color and I’ve been wearing it for weeks, I wanted to show you my lighter, shinier version of this look! Here’s how I pulled it off:

Because this is a duo color look you’re going to need at least two shades, not to mention a killer base and top coat! Because I can never decide on anything I decides to go for a three shade look! As my base coat I’m using Sally Hansen’s complete manicure polish in their pink nude shade. First I made sure that my nails were prepped by trimming my cuticles and making sure my nails were clean and free of any old polish or oils. So I applied my base coat and let it dry, it is very important to let them fully dry before the next step!

Next I added those little paper hole saver stickers to the top part of my nails (Ruffian does make their own nail stickers and I believe they are for sale in the Birchbox online store) you want to leave enough nail at the base of your nails so that there is a half moon shape exposed.

Next take the whichever shade you choose to fill in that half moon, I chose to go with this beautiful Julep polish in the shade ‘Madison-Classic with a Twist’. Don’t be afraid to get some polish on the stickers….that’s what they’re there for!!
After the polish is dry very carefully remove the stickers, don’t be afraid of mistakes, you can always touch up and fix with your top coat. Now the next step is optional….but gorgeous! While you have a perfectly acceptable Ruffian manicure, what’s the harm in adding a little sparkle? I filled over my first base coat at the top of my nails with Julep’s glittery gold polish ‘Oscar-It Girl’. I loved this step because it added beautiful dimension and made my manicure just a little bit different, and that’s basically me In a nutshell. The last step is to let that glitter dry and top it off with your top coat, I’m using the Nail Aid ‘Hardener’.


That’s it! You have an amazing Ruffian manicure, which I think is such a classic look with a sparkle twist. The best part for me? When the manicure fades away I still have a ton of different color combos to choose from so it never gets boring! If you try this look out, take a snap of it and tag me in Instagram @mkateholmes so I can check it out!
Most importantly, have fun. I bet you’ll “nail” it (insert my corny laugh here)

Lots of Love!

If you wanna check out the professionals tutorial on how to pull off this look click here:
Birchbox | Ruffian Manicure
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