Did you watch the Golden Globe Awards? I only got a chance to catch some of the red-carpet arrivals and then I was on the road.
I was excited when Ryan Seacrest pointed out Zooey Deschanel’s nails, which looked like adorable tuxedos!
It reminded me that for a while now, I’ve been wanting to do a nail art tutorial for how to do easy Tuxedo Nails.
Here’s a different version than hers, but it’ll still get your fingers on the Best Dressed List.
You’ll notice that I also opted not to use white, which is traditional for this look.
Hope you’ll also play around with all sorts of untraditional colours. (Consider ditching the black bow tie for something bright and whimsical instead!)
In this post, you’ll also notice that I’ve been playing around with image sizes. Please let me know in the comments if you prefer fewer, but much-larger photos or many, but smaller photos. Also, please let me know if these larger photos make the post much slower to load than my usual posts. I appreciate your feedback!
Tuxedo Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid
- Bow Tie, Buttons & Tuxedo: Milani Nail Art Black Sketch (This was sent to me by PR.)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Tuxedo Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails the Background Colour
This will be the colour of the shirt. You could go for a traditional stark white (like China Glaze Snow or OPI Alpine Snow).
Wait about 8 minutes to allow the polish to dry slightly before proceeding to the next step.
Quickie Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid Review
I may post a separate review on this polish, since I wore it for a few days before painting over it with this tuxedo design. But in case any of you are curious now, thought I’d give a brief overview.
This polish is very pigmented, even with a single coat. I used two to achieve complete opacity. It was very easy to control the formula – not too thin and not too thick.
What I really like about this polish is that sometimes it looks like a light purple, and other times, it looks gray. Polishes that seem to morph depending on the light get my attention!
(Edit: Click here to see my Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid swatches & review in a separate post!)
Step 3: Start the Bow Tie & Add the Buttons
Add some black polish onto your piece of foil. (You’ll be using this as a palette.) Then, dip your dotting tool (or even the end of a make-up brush) into the polish. Add 3 dots in a vertical line roughly in the middle of your nails.
As you can see, these dots don’t have to be perfectly aligned.
Step 4: Finish the Bow Tie
Using the same dotting tool, add two triangles on either side of the top dot. This will make it look like a bow tie.
To paint with a dotting tool, you just need to use a stippling motion. However, if you have nail-art brush, you could use that instead.
Step 5: Paint the Tuxedo
While you could tape off the areas to get perfect, crisp lines, I thought it was way easier (and much faster) to just use my striper brush to freehand the lines.
To create the tuxedo, draw a “V”. This will be your guideline. Then, with that same striper brush, fill in the rest of the tuxedo. At this point, if your “V”s don’t look as crisp as you’d like them to be, you can always go over them.
I was satisfied with my “V”s, even though they’re not perfect. Seeing the overall design made me happy, and that’s the main reason why I do nail art at all.
Please wait about 15-20 minutes to allow all this to dry a bit before proceeding to the next step. If you rush now and slick on a top coat, you risk the chance of smearing your design. After you’ve come all this way, it would be a shame to smear it at this point.
Step 6: Apply a Top Coat
Using very light strokes and plenty of polish on your brush, apply your top coat over the design to seal everything.
Would you wear little tuxedos on your nails? Do you prefer fewer, but larger photos like in this post, or do you prefer many, but smaller photos? Did this blog post take a long time to load for you? (Please provide some feedback so that I can continue to improve Swatch And Learn.)
Edit: YAY! Beautylish tweeted about my Tuxedo Nails!