NOTD – Tuxedo Nails

So Day 2 of our 21 days of nails! Today I’m showing you tuxedo nails. Everyone went crazy for these after Zooey Deschanel was spotted with this very cute manicure on the red carpet. I’m a little behind and decided to give it a try last Saturday as I was wearing a nude and pink dress and wanted some nail art to blend with it.

As I’m yet to own nail art pens (I use my dotting tool) and I don’t have a steady hand I decided on a feature nail. You’ll notice I favour this manicure a lot through these nail posts.

Firstly I painted a base coat of OPI Nail Envy Maintenance (the best at the moment for me) then I painted all of my nails with two coats of  OPI bubble bath. Its a gorgeous slightly sheer nude pink. Even though it’s sheer I actually really like the colour which surprised me. It applied easily. I have the small bottles as I have the best of the best collection ( a great set of 10 mini OPI polishes in their most popular shades. I fully recommend it.)

When it was completely dry I started by doing the bow tie. I did two little triangles and a dot for this. You could use a kirby grip if you are like me and don’t have nail pens. (I should add yet, as I don’t think I can resist the Models Own stand much longer) I used OPI Lincoln After Dark for this. I always use this for my dark colour in nail art as I don’t own black nail varnish.

Excuse my disgusting stubby nails, I bit all this hand the other day, naughty me!!

Then using my dotting tool I did 3 dots for buttons and used the brush in the pot for two triangles at the side. I really like this look and will definitely do it again.

Did you try this manicure before? Would you try it again? I think nail art pens would make it much easier.

Love M



  1. Beauty Bird
    July 23, 2012 / 7:33 pm

    I did this with a Models Own nail art pen (though without the suit bits) and it makes it really easy to do dots and shapes xx

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 25, 2012 / 8:08 pm

      This makes me want the Models Own nail art pen more xx

  2. Holly
    July 23, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    These are so cute!! I don't think I would have a steady enough hand to do it though, it would just look a mess :(hollylikestoblog

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 25, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks :). They are really easy as they just shapes 🙂 x

  3. GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle
    July 24, 2012 / 4:38 am

    Oh super cute tux. Beauty, Fashion and Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 25, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks 🙂 x

  4. HELen
    July 24, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    I LOVE THIS !! It's so subtle, but so clever !! Wish I could do that with my nails..HELenpierrelecat

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      July 25, 2012 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks 🙂 you should give it a go. It's easier than you think x

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