You know what? I am SO GLAD I finally gave a Ruffian manicure a try. It’s been something I’ve wanted to try for a long time but it kept getting pushed down my “nail art ideas” list. One reason for that was because I didn’t have a gold polish that was reflective or yellow enough. And then OPI GoldenEye came along. It seemed like a sign. So I just have to give it a try.
This is very easy to do as long as you have the right polishes. Along with GoldenEye I used Maybelline Express Finish in Black Onyx (just a basic black creme) and a matte top coat.
First I applied 3 to 4 coats of GoldenEye focusing on getting the color opaque at the cuticles. Once that dried I applied 3 coats of Black Onyx (it was opaque after 2 but I knew I was going to be using a matte top coat which can cause the color to bald) and simply free handed the edges. Once the black polish dried I topped it off with butter LONDON Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat and that was it.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure I’d like this manicure so I only did it on one hand at first. I ended up loving it and completed the manicure so I could wear it for a couple days. So many people commented on my nails and thought I used nail stickers. No need for nail stickers when it’s so easy to achieve on your own
I’d love to know if this is something you’ve tried or if you might be giving this a try in the future!
When I think of a classic Ruffian manicure I think yellow gold and black ala the Ruffian MAC collection. But the color possibilities are endless! I really want to try silver and a dark purple next.
As always, there are (many) more swatches below the jump including what my nails looked like prior to adding the matte top coat.