Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cheeky Nails {Turquoise Tuxedos!}

I love a good tuxedo nail.  They're so darn cute & make nails look all dapper and stuff. They're nails- wearing tuxedos! How ridiculous. When I started this particular manicure, I didn't even have tuxedos in mind. Mainly, I just wanted to try out my new OPI white nail polish, Alpine Snow. I've been trying to find a good white polish for years, and I thought this would finally be the one. Unfortunately, I'm not totally pumped on it. It looks almost like Wite-Out. Super bright! I love bright colors as much as the next girl, but there's a down side... That bright white also means it gets dingy after like one day and takes about three coats to get solid coverage. Color me bummed. Anyway, I added little green tips with the help of nail stickers to cover up some light spots in the polish coverage. But that looked too plain and I wanted to add something a little bit more creative. Then it hit me- TUXEDOS! I  accented with little dots and my mini-tuxedos were created. A more skilled nail pro would have accented with bow ties instead of triangles at the top, but you get the idea. Looks pretty cute, no? So let this be a lesson- even crappy polish can be turned into a cute manicure. Just keep adding shit!

Essie- Turks and Caicos
OPI- Alpine Snow
Seche Vite top coat
Nail Stickers {blogged about here}
Nail dotter {bought on Amazon, recommended by The Dainty Squid}

People are always so complimentary of the designs on my nails. {I, personally, think they're not that great. I still have a lot to learn!} But I always tell everyone the exact same thing: You, too, can have these far from perfect nails! All you have to have is a desire to spend hours on something that will only last for a week, a ton of manicuring accessories, and hours to devote to painting ridiculousness on your hands. Oh, and the ability to not touch stuff for like an entire day while your nails dry. Happy manicuring, friends!

xo Carmen


  1. Your nails look lovely! I had to laugh at the end of your post though...Those are the things that prevent me from ever doing my nails! The time, the fact that it only lasts a week, all of the accessories (that I don't own), AND not touching anything for hours. I hate it because whenever I actually take the time to do my nails I always end up effing it up! :/ Yours look super lovely though!

  2. I've never seen a nail dotter before, but it looks like a neat little tool! Cute blog, checkout mine if you get a chance and follow if you like!


  3. love them! and that color of essie is my all time fave. it's my most used polish
    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  4. This is adorable! I wish I could do this!

    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights


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