Once you've completed your ruffian, wait until it's completely dry, then apply a top coat to seal it all in and protect it. You're finished! Sit back and admire your handiwork.
If you don't completely trust yourself to freehand color No. 2, you can use French manicure guide stickers. Just turn then upside-down. Remember, never put the stickers on color No. 1 until it's absolutely dry or you'll risk lifting up or smudging your work. Place the stickers near your cuticles in the crescent smiley shape and then quickly paint on color No. 2. Many experts say not to remove the stickers until color No. 2 is dry, but we've also heard people say they've had good luck removing the stickers while color No. 2 is still wet. You may have to do some trial and error before you find what works best for you.
After your ruffian is dry, you can also experiment with adding polka dots or little nail jewels to further dress up your manicure. You're only limited by your own creativity!
For more nail and beauty tips, check out the links below.
- The Lacquer Files. "Nail Art Tutorial: Ruffian Manicure." July 31, 2010. (May 22, 2012) http://thelacquerfiles.blogspot.com/2010/07/nail-art-tutorial-ruffian-manicure.html
- She Said Beauty. "Ruffian Manicure." Jan. 23, 2012. (May 22, 2012) http://blog.shesaidbeauty.com/2012/01/23/ruffian-manicure/