Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Work Wear Wednesday Tutorial Subtle Ruffian

Today I have a subtle look that I actually wore for a meeting, so this has been beta tested! It is a super easy, three step, no tool look that anyone can pull off! I have a simple, subtle ruffian manicure to share with you today!


I have all the instructions and a pictorial tutorial at the end. I love the contrast of matte and shine in this look and with the monochromatic effect, I think it is perfect for just the right amount of art in a professional look.






There are no tools needed for this look! I used Lay Down That Base bassecoat for OPI Push and Shove, because that basecoat is required for that polish. You can definitely use another metallic polish, but I love the shine in Push and Shove. I used L'Oreal Greycian Goddess for the grey and Wet N Wild's matte top coat. 

1. Add your metallic base color. I used two coats here. 
2. Carefully paint the grey following the same shape of the nail bed but further down, exposing a thin sliver of silver at the base. I taper off the grey to meet the sides of the nail.
3. Add a matte top coat over just the grey portion. This way, the shine of the metallic shows through and contrasts really well with the matte.

What do you think? This is a super easy design that you can share at work and still show a little sass. I love the way this turned out! I really like playing with monochromatic looks and this is one of my favorite simple designs, I really hope you like it! Let me know if you try it out. Thanks for reading!

27 comments:

  1. Gotta love a good ruffian! I am loving these work wear posts :)

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  2. I am loving this series and this is such a great, classy look!

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  3. Love the look of a ruffian. Ive been hesitant to try it so far because Im sure my hands would sahke too much to get an even line between the colors.

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  4. Gorgeous!! I love simple ruffians, and the combo of metallic & matte is just perfect! Keep up these work-wear posts - they're great!

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  5. This is so simple, yet so elegant. Great job on this!!

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  6. Very good tutorial! I like the contrast between matte and metallic.

    Xoxo

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  7. The Dalai Lama's NailsOctober 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    great idea for a work appropriate look! It's so pretty.

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  8. Thank you! Yes, ruffians are so versatile!

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  9. Thank you! It doesn't require a really steady hand, but I think they do make stickers if your hands shake too much.

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  10. This is so beautiful! It's work appropriate, but fun at the same time!

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  11. Cosmetic SanctuaryOctober 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    So much yes. Possibly my favorite Ruffian I've seen so far

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  12. This is so chic and fabulous. LOVE this so much!

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  13. That is what I was going for! Just a little bit of sass!

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  14. Love the fact that you mattified it for an extra elegant look. Very beautiful!

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  15. PERFECTION! The Ruffian is one of my favorite nail art techniques :)

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  16. I love this! Ruffian is not a technique I usually like but there has been this mani around in my Pinterest feed like forever with a black matte base and metallic ruffian which I've always promised myself to recreate! Yours is just as amazing!

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  17. You are so sweet! Ruffians are so fun and simple. Thank you Kellie!

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