Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tipping The Base

Nails have been on my mind day and night. I can't tell you why it is, but I've been going nuts over nail design and trend, lately. It's beyond my fling with the accented nail.

Naturally, when my sister sent me one of the YSL Manicure Couture duos, I thought I'd go into a polish-induced frenzy.

To begin with, the Belle Du Nuit pair are the colors of my alma mater--purple and gold. I mean, where were these guys back then? I would have totally rocked it for a football game.

The box suggests a french manicure with a gold or purple tip. I thought, let's take this one step further and do the impossible (or not really)...the Ruffian Manicure.

This was my first time attempting the Ruffian, and I took these photos directly after having a free-handed go at my nails. Let's be real--they didn't turn out perfect, but I'm on that learning curve.

The brushes are angled--which I believe in theory is to make the tip job easier. Personally I believe it would be easier with a regular brush. One coat of the gold, and then one of the deep purple. The purple is a bit blackened, and is the perfect offset to the gold. Although I found myself making a fist around more conservative crowds, the compliments flowed. Apparently everyone likes a little change once in a while!

I like the reversed crescent moon, but I should mention that if you use a shade too close to your skin tone (at the base of the nail), it will appear as though you just have shorter (or stubbier) nails. This won't be the last time this look makes an appearance on this blog ;)

What is this a Yes Please, or a major Don't for you? Have you picked up any of the YSL duos?


Tali said...

I cant believe that you did it yourself. I think that they are pretty damn near perfect! And i love the reverse color. I am a huge fan (as you know) of reverse tips and they whole base of the nail accent. I used to do my nails red with black where the gold is now on yours!! xx

fantastic said...

@tali: not perfect, but thank you! I like the idea of the red and black...would be nice with a blood effect...I'm thinking Halloween ;)

socialitedreams said...

i am LOVING that look! I really would like to try it, but i'm kind of iffy on doing designs on myself (not that steady, lol). For sure will take to a manicurist and see if she can though! that is HOT


fantastic said...

@socialite dreams: thank you! If they do it for you, please share the results!

Unknown said...

Neat! I could never do that great of a job.

Anonymous said...

I love the colors! I think I might try it. I have always been so old fashion when it comes to nails and all these new trends are starting to look fun!

Emily said...

Love it! Looks great...I think even I would wear this look. Maybe it could be the next trend among soccer moms ;)

A BRIT GREEK said...

Hi, just popped over from All the vanity! Love what you've done!!!

I saw the thumbnail pic and was like "that's what i wanted" but they'd sold out!

Great combo! I also like the red with black tips combo which i blogged about last month.

I've just painted my shade of purple and will attempt the gold tips with a shaky hangover! Oh and i'm making do with Barry M!

Irene Blushing Loves said...

I find your creativity beyond imagination!!!First of all it looks gorgeous and secondly thank you so much for the idea!Going to try it!!!

fantastic said...

@youcancallmeflower: aww, thanks :)

@mrs official superficial: now's the time to start!

@emily: you would definitely be able to rock it around those soccer moms..and you have a very steady hand, so you'll do a good job x

@a brit greek: i'll def check out your red and black nails! thanks for checking out the blog :)

@blushingloves: post pics!!!

Anonymous said...

Omg.. That looks amazing! :) I love this look! You have a great blog too! :) x

fantastic said...

@lipglossandleopardprint: thank you :) i just checked out yours, and i love it!

Ebru said...

That looks so good! I don't think I could do it half as good as you did! I can't even do French lol Now I wanna get one of these duos though, who knows maybe practice makes perfect? :) Very pretty!

rufflesandrouge said...

those colors are amazing! I've also had nail polish on my mind a lot lately! I have yet to try the YSL polishes, but they look gorgeous.

I just picked up a gold from rimmel and was pretty disappointed, it's nice just not as opaque as I would prefer.

Tina A. said...

Free-handed??? I bow my dear, very impressed!!!

The Ruffian mani gets a big thumbs up from me too(who am I to say no to a big s/s '11 trend anyways), I 'm definitely going to try it myself! ;)


fantastic said...

@ebru: i think you're right..practice makes perfect. i've been 'practicing' more..and now i'm regretting taking this picture so quickly!

@ladyb: hmm..try the orly gold..i think it's called luxe. it's very minx-y ;)

@tina: i don't know if there's a better way to do this one..if you stick a nail guide on the actual nail, it will probably pull at the gold varnish..or maybe not??

Tina A. said...

Well, it *shouldn't* as long as u leave enough time for it to dry b4 u put the sticker on top and wait for the other colour to dry too b4 you peel it off...

Have yet to try it, I 'm just gonna wait a few months b4 I try the s/s version of the ruffian (and can i say I 'm officially confused of what exactly we call ruffian, cos they came out w two different reverse mani's for fall 10 and s/s 11)!

fantastic said...

@tina: so, one is the crescent shape, and the other flips the other direction..right? i was a little confused as well...until i began looking at pictures, i thought it was the other shape??

Tina A. said...

It took me a bit to get this, but apparently, they came out with the crescent moon shape for this fall and for the next spring/summer, they (plus other designers) did it flipped the other way + black tips!

I first heard about the Ruffian when reading posts covering the latest fashion week, so I thought it meant the flipped version.. but, since the beauty community calls the crescent moon one the ruffian, well, how r we gonna call the s/s one? Confusinggg! :)


Federico Panarello said...

so cute, wonderfull!!!

fantastic said...

@tina: okay, now i'm so confused! i regret confusing people further!

@le garcon: thank you ;)

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