I attempted my first ruffian manicure the other day, and although it's a very simple design, it's a nice change. I thought things through a little before I started on the design, considering if there were any tricks I should try to get my lines perfect. In the end I decided to just freehand it with the polish brush, and I was happy to find it was surprisingly easy. I don't have the steadiest hands and I was still able to create nice lines without needing to touch up.
I often see pretty ruffian nails with a foil polish on the bottom, but I decided to go ahead and use two foil polishes for an extra metallic look. The silver polish is Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and the blue is Color Club Cold Metal.