One of my wonderful readers asked me a little while ago if I could do Ruffian Nails with fall colours. It was exactly the push I needed to make my first attempt at this nail-art design.
I used Illamasqua Charisma and Illamasqua Creator, 2 polishes that I recently reviewed. (I’ve included links to both posts later on in case you’re curious about seeing swatches.)
Okay, so this colour combination is more winter than fall. And for a traditional Ruffian manicure, I should’ve brought the black further up on the nail so that there’s less of the raspberry showing. Now I know for next time!
Edit: Originally I called these Ruffian Nails. Hmm…but I now think it’s more accurate to call them Half Moon Nails. Apparently Ruffian nails are like thin Cs along the cuticle. Rats! All this time I thought this is what Ruffian nails were. Sorry about the confusion! I’ve swapped out the text later on in this post. (Looks like I’ll have to do another look to fulfil my reader’s request.)
Another Edit: Click here to see my post which actually features Ruffian nail art!
Half Moon Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Charisma (raspberry) – Provided by Illamasqua
- 1 coat of Illamasqua Creator (black with silver micro-glitter) – Provided by Illamasqua
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
Tips & Tricks for How to Create a Half Moon Manicure
Use Hole-Reinforcement Stickers
While you could paint the tips freehand, I opted to use those hole-reinforcement stickers that you can find at Staples or any other stationery store. These act as nail guides so you’ll get a crisp line.
The stickers are very inexpensive. I bought a pack of 200 for around $1.99 CAD at Staples. (You might be able to get it for even less if you buy it in a roll.)
I saw them in clear and in white, although you can probably find them in multi-colours, too. I suggest using any except for the clear. You want to be able to easily see the sticker in contrast to your nails.
This is what the stickers look like:
Make Sure Your Base Colour Is Completely Dry
After priming and painting your nails as usual, make sure that your base colour is completely dry before you use the stickers. If you’re too quick to jump the gun, the sticker might lift or smudge your polish.
I suggest doing a Ruffian manicure over a polish that you’ve already been enjoying for a couple of days. This ensures that the polish is completely dry. Plus a half moon manicure is a great way to conceal tip wear and extend your existing manicure!
But…if you want to do a half moon manicure right away and don’t want to wait for the base colour to dry, try using a fast-drying top coat to speed things along.
Of course it’s up to you how you place the sticker. If you move it higher up, less of the ‘cuticle colour’ will show. This is how a traditional half moon manicure is supposed to look.
What I did, since it was my first time, wasn’t traditional. I had placed the sticker a little bit too far down, which is why the ‘cuticle colour’ shows up more.
After wearing it, though, I still really liked the look because you can better see the two colours equally instead of the ‘tip colour’ standing out more.
However, they’re your nails, so do whatever your preference is. There really is no right or wrong when it comes to nail design. If it pleases you, that’s what counts.
Before you paint the tips of your nails, I suggest placing the stickers on all your nails first. This will help you avoid fumbling around with the little stickers when some of your nails are wet.
When to Peel Off the Sticker
Immediately after I finished painting one hand with the ‘tip colour’, I peeled off each of the 5 stickers. Then I repeated it for the second hand.
How to Peel Off the Sticker
Gently lift the sticker and slowly peel it off from left to right or from right to left. If you rush to peel it off, some polish may seep underneath.
For your first hand, you can use your second hand (that doesn’t have the tips polished yet) to remove the stickers easily. But when you come to removing the stickers on your second hand (and your other hand has freshly painted tips), I suggest using tweezers to help you peel off the stickers. This will reduce your chance of smudging wet polish on your other hand.
Haha, now that I’ve typed out these tips, I’m thinking that maybe I should’ve just photographed each step for a detailed tutorial. Didn’t realize that I’d be so windy! Well, I hope you get the idea.
What colour combinations have you tried for a half moon manicure? Do you have any additional tips and tricks to add?