Monday, August 4, 2014

Hollywood Blvd. Manicure How-To Featuring Ruffian Relic and Zoya Dahlia Pixie Dust

By Randi Reed

Hollywood Blvd. Manicure (a distressed glam nail look):

Top: Ruffian Relic Bottom: Zoya Dahlia Pixie Dust
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)


Ruffian Nail Lacquer in "Relic" or your favorite tarnished silver metallic polish. Ruffian "Relic" is silver toned down with taupe, so it has a slight golden cast to it and isn't a straight silver. You need the golden contrast for it to show through.

Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer in "Dahlia Pixie Dust"  This is a sand-textured matte sparkle. The texture is very important.

Using these two products, this manicure is quick to do and dries very fast, because Ruffian "Relic" is a one-coat polish. Adding more layers of polish will increase drying time significantly.

I did not use a base or top coat with this manicure.

See the asphalt texture ? That's exactly what you want for this look--minus the dry cuticles.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Inspiration:  For Mötley Crüe's recent homecoming show at the Hollywood Bowl, I wanted to do a mani that conveyed glam, grit, and rock and roll. When they began, Mötley Crüe epitomized the gritty glam of the Sunset Strip metal scene. Zoya's "Dahlia Pixie Dust" epitomizes Hollywood's gritty side and reminds me of the sparkly asphalt used on some L.A.  streets, including Hollywood Blvd. Ruffian's "Relic" is a beautifully aged, glam metal color. Putting the two together seemed like the perfect manicure to symbolize Hollywood Blvd. and the band's return to Hollywood on its last-ever tour. Not only that, there was once a commercial featuring Mötley Crüe in which model Adriana Lima sprinkles pixie dust around, so the Pixie Dust aspect seemed fitting, too.

Here's a better look at the color of Ruffian "Relic" and the
finished distressed look. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)


How To:

Apply one coat of Ruffian "Relic" and let dry throroughly. (Ruffian is a one-coat polish, so using this product will save a lot of time. For other polishes, do two coats, letting polish dry thoroughly in between coats.)

When "Relic" is thoroughly dry, apply a thin coat of Zoya Dahlia Pixie Dust over top. This coat should not be as thin as drybrushing, but thin enough that of the Relic base should show through. It's up to you how much, but you want a slightly distressed look. You're going for tarnished glamour and grit.  

Blurry, but see how thin the Zoya Dahlia is on top of the Ruffian Relic?
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.).

With a top layer this thin, you may have gaps. Touch them up if you like,
but perfection isn't the goal. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

If you're not happy with the look, when it's thoroughly dry, you can add another thin coat of Dahlia Pixie Dust.

I liked the matte look, which reminded me of asphalt, so I didn't use a top coat. It held up much better than expected--my mani lasted about six days on my short nails.

The distressed look. I did touch up the gap at bottom left.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Review of Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Relic

Review of Zoya Professional Lacquer in Dahlia Pixie Dust

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