A couple weeks ago, my most favorite blogger Brittany with Clumps of Mascara did a post on "ruffian" nails in her Amor De Lacquer series. To describe it, it's basically a reverse french tip. Sort of. Anyway, ever since she blogged about it, I've done 3 looks with it! I just love it too much. I did green & purple (which didn't look so hot), pink, black & sparkles (which rocked my socks) and now, for your viewing pleasure, I've done a Thanksgiving ruffian. It's actually a modified ruffian because I think the normal ones only have one accent color with the main color... but I'll explain the modification later. So here they are ... Thanksgiving nails!
OOh la la! Ruffian! Below are my ruffian nails hard at work. They helped me write a grant that day!
So, fun or what? To be honest... this look was actually harder than it should have been. To do ruffian you pick one color to be your accent, like the orange pictured above, and then you pick a main color. My fav blogger Brittany likes to mix a silver accent with darker colors like blue and maroon. It's awesome and I'm excited to try it next.
So for this one, my two main colors were going to be orange and brown for Thanksgiving. However... it didn't quite work. I took China Glaze's (my favorite brand) Orange Marmalade and applied 2 coats to the nail. You can put it on the whole nail, but I usually just go about halfway down. Then I applied China Glaze's In Awe Of Amber as the main color. You basically put a drop of polish 2/3 of the way down your nail and then move the polish in an oval shape to the left and right to create the curve. Search Google Images for "ruffian" and you'll see the technique. Anyway, the In Awe Of Amber wasn't quite dark enough, so I had to apply 2 coats of Mary Kay's Chocolate Kiss right on top of it. Then I applied the In Awe Of Amber on top of that because it has cool amber-colored sparkle flecks in it. Ahh finally-- I thought I was finished. I went and watched TV and after about 30 minutes realized that the brown and orange together did NOT work. I didn't want to totally redo my nails, so I fetched my fall-back China Glaze Liquid Leather and applied another color layer to the ruffian. And to top it off, I added a coat of China Glaze's Fortune Teller, which is black with orange glitter. It totally pulled it all together and made me very happy. I then followed that with OPI's top coat. All in all, this nail look has 9 coats. 9 coats. Ridiculous!