Monday, January 30, 2012

tutorial - tuxedo nails

Last week, a girlfriend of mine (hello Mary Luz!) brought some cool nails to my attention. Apparently Zooey Deschanel posted a photo of her nails on her instagram. She captioned it “I am wearing a gown but my nails are wearing tuxedos!!! #goldenglobes”. Kudos to Zooey for being awesome & not doing a standard french tip for the red carpet! Since it's awards show season, I decided to do a look inspired by her nails today:

and here's what Zooey's looked like!

you'll need:
- base coat nail polish
- white nail polish
- black nail polish
- quick dry top coat
- black nail art pen

Start with a clear base coat and a couple coats of white polish

then take your black nail polish and paint each side of the tips of your nails at a diagonal angle. You should be forming a triangular shape-- this part is kinda like the "blazer" of your tux :)

Depending on the size of your brush & how skilled you are-- you might make a bit of a mess on your nails. If you worry about precision, you can easily use the tape manicure method to make the triangular shape.

Use a q-tip and some nail polish remover to take off any mess on the sides of your nails.

Now, using your nail art pen or brush, draw the bow tie by making a wide "X" shape & filling in the sides. Then draw 3 dots for buttons!

Do the rest of your nails :)

Top coat with some quick dry top coat & you're done!

Voila! & now you're ready for the red carpet too! Or maybe just your next award show watching party at home!
Thanks for the cuteness Zooey! ♥

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  1. i love that you did this tutorial , her nails were such a hit!

  2. OMG this is so cute! i'm gonna try it too! xx

    The Niknok Style

  3. Cute nails! I love how it started a little bit messy but ended up so quirky :)

  4. so effing cute, you guys! love it!

  5. So cute this nail!
    I have a DIY blog too:


  6. This tutorial is awesome!well done dear,I'll surely try these :D thank you for post that!
    Now I'm following you (:

  7. Cute, I'm totally about to do this(:


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