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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Baby's First Ruffians - Nicole by OPI Modern Family Nail Art

When trying to figure out what to do to showcase more of the Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection, I thought about the Ruffian technique... specifically, how I had never tried it before! It's an interesting look where you layer two colors, leaving a space of the base color near the cuticle. I've heard it can be done with french tip guides (much like a tape manicure) but I found it easiest just to freehand the top layer with the polish brush.

My first combination began with a base of Nicole by OPI Back In My Gloria Days. This shimmering, flecky purple shade is really quite lovely, and I believe I used two coats. Then, I added Nicole by OPI Luke of the Draw on top of it. It's a black jelly base with loads of small and micro silver glitter, and it applied really quite nicely despite the amount of glitter they packed in there! I used three coats for contrast with the purple but you will probably only need two if you're wearing it alone.




My second combo began with a base of Nicole by OPI Alex By the Books. I then freehanded on the second color, Nicole by OPI Candid Cameron. This one proved to be my most difficult Ruffian combination -- the brushstrokes did show a little bit in the metallic teal finish of Candid Cameron, and the light base near my cuticles visually shortened my nails a bit. However, these polishes are still quite gorgeous -- I used two coats of both.




My final Ruffian combination used a base of Nicole by OPI Basking in Gloria, a shimmery red polish that was opaque in two coats. I paired it with Nicole by OPI A Phil's Paradise. I really love A Phil's Paradise, it's got an interesting finish to it that is really appealing to me. I used three coats of it here.




All in all, I really like the Ruffian look and will definitely be trying it again! What do you guys think, are you a fan of Ruffians? Which combination appeals most to you? Are any of these shades making your "must buy" list?

Modern Family lacquers should be available now! Polishes retail for $7.99 each at retailers including select Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, ULTA, H-E-B, Meijer and Duane Reade locations. In Canada, this line will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

Products sent for review.

44 comments:

  1. naturally baby's first ruffians are flawless... you butt.

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  2. really lovley...all, but I actually love the second combo- Alex by the books and Nicole.

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  3. Not a ruffian fan, but I love your second combo.

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  4. Didn't think I would like these because I'm not a fan of the half moon manis. However. these are really cute. I love your color combos even the last one, and I am not a fan of red. Great job!

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  5. Love the 2nd combo. Is there a vid for this?

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  6. Love the last one! Your top layers look flawless!

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  7. This are so pretty! I love the second combination!

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  8. the third is my fav ! love love!

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  9. Yours are the only ruffians I've seen that make me sing. Just beautiful...the color combo and application are inspired.

    Really, really pretty!!!!!

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  10. I've never seen this before, really unusual and nice :)

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  11. Ahh, these look amazing on your nails. My nails are wider and so it seems to look as though my polish is growing out... I'm jelly.

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  12. I love ruffian manicures and all of yours are great! The first one is an especially beautiful combo :)

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  13. Nice ruffians! I haven't tried that style yet...guess I have to put it on my to-do list! Great job! :)

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  14. I love them all but the teal is my fav, since I love green and green tinted things.

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  15. Gorgeous! I have yet to try a mani like this, but I doubt it will look as flawless as yours!

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  16. The second one is really pretty!

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  17. Oh, this is an interesting look! I'd heard of Ruffian Manicures a while ago, but had forgotten about them again. Now you've reminded me, I'll have to give it a go! Yours look absolutely fab x x x

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  18. Love them all ! I never tried to do this type of mani, but i'll try :)

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  19. you have the most gorgeous nails! new follower :)

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  20. I've never tried the ruffian technique, but I will now! It makes your nail beds look nice and long! Gorgeous!

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  21. Ahh, perfect ruffians and great combo choices!!!

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  22. I agree, free-handing it is definitely the quickest way to go!

    xo.Adiel
    IBITTM


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  23. beautiful!! I would wish to learn this ruffian technic... Could you post a tutorial?

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    1. This is the method that I use: http://www.lacquerized.com/2010/05/how-to-ruffian.html

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  24. Ruffians are a lot easier without the tape guide in my opinion too. Yours are flawless! I LOVE the second ruffian combo!

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  25. All looks so pretty, I made this model a few days ago but with different colors :)

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  28. Luke of the Draw looks like a dupe for OPI's Metallic 4 Life. Love your ruffians!

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  29. I like that first combination! In general I dislike ruffians--they make the nail look shorter, and the one with the red makes it look like bloody cuticles! >.< But the metallic and glitter is a neat idea, I might give it a try sometime.

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  30. Back in my Gloria Days and Luke of the Draw- I own both! I can't wait to do cool stuff with them and thanks for posting the cool swatches

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  31. I love the last combo, silver and pink <3
    Perhaps I will try this, however I will be using guides as i'm not that steady :)

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