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Zooey Deschanel's Golden Globe Mani: DIY Tuxedo Nail Art Tutorial

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday January 24, 201225 comments

When our fave 'It' gal and resident stylish lady, Zooey Deschanel rolled up to the Golden Globes wearing a lime green and black embellished gown, we weren't overly enthused, but her cute 'do, makeup and killer mani won us over. 

Zooey had the perfect tuxedo nail art to match the retro and quirky feel of the rest of her outfit. We thought this mani was way too cute so of course we absolutely had to try it out ourselves!

What you'll need: 

White and black nail polish (or colours of your choice) 
Dotting tool (or orange stick, bobby pin or thin paint brush) 

Step 1:

Paint your base coat. We're using Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in White Tip. 
Step 2:

In the top middle of your nail, paint one dot. If you don't have a dotting tool on hand, try DIYing one. Check out this video for ideas and instructions. We're using Forever 21 Love & Beauty Nail Polish in Black. 

Step 3: 

Using your dotting tool, paint two dots beside the middle one, on either side. Still using your dotting tool, flare the dots out slightly. Painting with the smaller pointed end, join them together by either painting or dotting to create the bow tie. You can also use a nail polish made for nail art or a small paint brush for this step. 

Step 4 + 5: 

First, paint a horizontal stripe across the bottom part of your nail. We're doing this freehand, similar to how we created the candy corn nail art design. We found it easiest this way, by painting the stripe in one go quickly and smoothly. However, if you don't have the steadiest hand, try taping off your nail to easily guide you. Next, paint dots going down the middle of your nail as cute little buttons. 

The Final Product:

Loving my tuxedo mani! I think my nails and I are ready to attend our first black tie event!
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on January 24, 2012  LadyChick234234  3,701 said:

cute for a black tie affair.

on January 24, 2012  Bren  24,286 said:

Good job Alex!That looks really good...I actually like yours better,I prefer the black and I like how you've made the black strip bigger at the top.

on January 24, 2012  takoda  28,399 said:

Sure that would be nice too. My nail's are in bad shape right now, so I can't try anything new until I straighten that out first. That's what I get for being lazy.LOL

on January 24, 2012  AlexJC  50 said:

@takoda definitely! I'd like to try out skipping the extra buttons and stripe and just have a cute little bowtie too!!!

on January 24, 2012  takoda  28,399 said:

I love this Alex!! It would be nice to try with other color's too.

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