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How to Do a Ruffian Manicure

        Health | Nail Care Tips

The ruffian manicure is a spin-off from the moon manicure.
The ruffian manicure is a spin-off from the moon manicure.
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Some people feel the perfect outfit just isn't complete without the ultimate finishing touch -- a flawless manicure. There are so many different ways to go with a manicure. Unlimited colors, clear coats, shiny buffs, French, acrylics. The list goes on and on.

A few seasons ago, the hot new trend was the "moon manicure." With the moon manicure, you painted the half-moon shape near your cuticles one color, and the rest of your nail a different, contrasting color. Playing off the moon manicure is the ruffian manicure, also called the "reverse moon" manicure. Instead of a half moon shape at the bottom of your nail, you paint a crescent shape. Think of it as your cuticles smiling at you.

Sound appealing? You don't need to pay a manicurist to do a ruffian for you. You can do one at home. Here's how.


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