Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nail Art Wednesday: Red and Gold Ruffian Nails

I'm spoiling you this week. You get not one, but two nail art posts to celebrate the year of the dragon! This was supposed to be the mani I'd be sporting while reveling in festivities and stuffing my face silly with abalone, lobster and char siu (barbeque pork). I did a dry run (which is what you'll see in the next few photos) but realized it didn't quite have the Asian feel I wanted it to have. So it was back to the drawing board for me. Now, I'm not one to waste photographed manis (and Hammie insisted I honor the promise of nail art on Wednesdays) so here you go, my attempt at a reverse french; otherwise known as a ruffian manicure:

Red and gold had the makings of a great Chinese New Year mani!

What I Used:
Gold: Orly Luxe
Red: Color Club Red-ical Gypsy

How I Did It:

With a steady hand, this is really easy to do. You might have to do touch ups to make sure your half moon is nice and crisp (which you probably won't need to do if you're using the tape/sticker option) but that's pretty much it for the hard part. I like the idea of this reverse french mani but I can't get over how..wide it made my nails look. Not a big fan of that. I might sport this design again but lean more towards the slim silhouette version that Jin Soon Choi created for a Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 runway collection.

I've only just realized how similar Red-ical Gypsy looks to Scarlet!

 I don't own much yellow gold as it clashes with my skin tone so we'll make do with crystal and pearls.

Hmm. Flowers and jewelry. Happy (early) Valentine's..?

 Fun fact: this fabric rose once adorned both my wedding dresses.
(Yes, I married the same guy both times. :P)

Hammie says: Don't you wonder why they call it a ruffian manicure? I looked in the dictionary and it said that ruffians are essentially thugs or gangsters. I can't say I've seen anyone in those gangster flicks sporting manis of any kind so I'm completely befuddled. Have you sported this ruffian manicure? Or do you prefer the slim silhouette?


  1. I've always wanted to try a ruffian. This tutorial makes it seem so much easier to do now. This looks great! Love the colors.

  2. This looks great and the colours you chose are perfect not only for the Chinese New year, but any festive outing :)
    You did such a great job getting a fine line where the two shades meet!

    Thought I like this look, it often reminds me of nail polih that "grew out" and away from the cuticles... I suppose ruffians wouldn't tend to their nails as often and would be more likely to sport "grown out" manicures. Lol. That is how my plain mind has always justified this term. Lol.

  3. Your ruffian manicure looks rich and royal! Great colour choice, and excellent execution, Carmela!

  4. I just love red and gold together! SO pretty!

  5. Your blog is awesome! I love all of the nail polish designs you do, especially this one and some of the more detailed nail art I have seen. I am so glad I came across your blog, and I am now a follower!

  6. I'd love to see you sporting a ruffian manicure! I'm glad this tutorial helps. :) I think a ruffian would look so pretty on you, Marisa! Please tell me you'll try it! :D

  7. Thanks, Marta! I guess that has to do with how festive gold and red look together. :) Aww, thank you! I doubt I could've done it with any other polish as the Color Club brush with it's thinner bristles make it a whole lot easier to get a nice, crisp line.

    Hahaha, I know what you mean! That's what I thought, too, so I guess great minds (like ours) think alike?

  8. Thanks, Mary! Oooh, rich and royal. That makes me want to do a silver and purple pairing! *blushes*Eexcellent might be too high a compliment, but I'll take it. ;) Hahaha!

  9. They are such a classic combo, aren't they? I doubt I'd ever tire of it! Glad you like it, Fingers! Thank you so much. :)

  10. Thank you so much for your kind words, Nicole! :)

  11. Thank you so much for your kind words, Nicole! :)

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