A Ruffian manicure is pretty much a reverse french manicure done with two different colors. Instead of painting your tips a different color than the rest your nail, you paint the half moon area at the base of your nail a different color. It’s a funky modern twist on a traditional french manicure. It’s also a relatively easy process if you use the right technique.
I’m going to explain how to do the reverse style Ruffian. This means the half moon is facing your finger instead of the tips of your nail. This is the best method for beginners. Once you learn the reverse method, you can move on and try the regular method which most people find more attractive, but harder to achieve.
The only extra tool you will need for this is a pack of paper hole reinforcements. You know, those sticky punched out circles you would use for paper in a binder? You can find them at office supply stores or even most drug stores. If you do a quick search on Google for paper hole reinforcements you will see exactly what they are.
Of course, you will also need your two different nail colors and a base and top coat. Start off by doing what you would normally do before a manicure. Trim and shape your nails if needed and apply a good base coat.
For my ruffian I want the entire nail to be black and the half moon area to be silver. So, I would start off by painting a nice coat of silver onto all of my nails. You don’t really have to paint it all the way to the tip if you don’t want to since you’ll be covering that up later anyway. Just make sure the top half of your nails by your cuticles are painted silver. I prefer to paint my entire nail silver so it’s more seamless but you can do what you prefer. You might need two coats if your polish is on the sheer side or only one if it’s nice and opaque. Wait for it to dry completely before moving on to the next step. You can apply a coat of quick dry top coat now to speed up the process, or wait for them to air dry.
Once your silver is dry, you can bring out your paper hole reinforcements. If you have a steady enough hand and a good amount of nail art skill you don’t have to use the reinforcements, but I recommend them for beginners or those who don’t have a steady hand. It just makes the whole process so much easier.
Take a reinforcement and apply it to the area where your cuticle meets your nail. You want the reinforcement to overlap onto your nail a little bit, to create the moon shape at the base. Once you’ve properly secured your reinforcements on all of your fingers, proceed by painting your entire nail with the black. Again, you can do one or two coats, depending on how you want it to look. Once you’ve finished painting, peel off the reinforcements.
You should now have vampy black nails with a small silver half moon shape at the base. Cute, right? Now finish it off with your favorite top coat and clean it up if you need to. You have just finished a ruffian manicure!