Beauty Geek: How to create ‘Doctor Who’ nail art

Okay, Okay……. I admit it I’m a huge Dr. Who fan!  And just to prove it I found an awesome Dr. Who Nail Tutorial!

Via EW PopStyle

The-Silence.jpgImage Credit: Kayleigh O’Connor

Keep reading to get  step-by-step instructions for creating O’Connor’s Doctor Who-themed manicure.

O’Connor’s past pop culture-inspired nail art includes everything from the Harry Potter sorting hat to the crystal meth cooked up by Walt on Breaking Bad, but she created this look based on the Silence aliens because they “have been [some] of the creepiest Doctor Who villains yet.”

Scroll down to see O’Connor’s by-the-numbers instructions for creating a simpler version of the Silence mani seen above.

Tutorial-The-Silence.jpgImage Credit: Kayleigh O’Connor

What you’ll need:

  • 4 shades of nail polish (black, brown, white and cream)
  • a thin paintbrush or toothpick
  • a nail file

On your thumb:
1. File your thumbnail into a rounded edge, paint it with the cream color and wait for it to dry.
2. Using the brush that comes with the nail polish, use the brown shade to paint two curved slashes on either side of the tip of the nail.
3. Use the same brown polish to paint two circles for the eyes. You can use a thinner paintbrush, a large ‘dotting tool’ or a toothpick if you want to be more precise. Wait for the polish to dry.
4. Paint two smaller, black circles inside the brown circles.
5. Using the same brown shade, paint four vertical lines to create the mouth. It’s best to use a thin paintbrush or a toothpick for this step as it is delicate work.

On your ring finger:
6. Use the white shade to paint your whole nail and wait for it to dry.
7. Switch to the black shade and paint a small triangle in the center of the tip of the nail to create the knot of the tie.
8. To finish the tie, paint a line from the middle of the triangle straight down (towards your cuticle) to the bottom of the nail.
9. Starting from the middle of the tie, paint a diagonal line to the upper corner of the nail and fill in to create one side of the suit.
10. Repeat step 9 on the other side. (It should now it should look like your nail is wearing a suit and tie.)

Finishing touches:
“Your thumb and ring finger should match up to create the full villain,” says O’Connor. “I painted the rest of my nails black, but any color would look cute. Once your nails are completely dry, apply a clear top coat to help keep the design from chipping.”

Check out more of Kayleigh O’Connor’s cool nail art on Tumblr.


The Silence is a fictional “religious order or movement” led by an alien race of the same name in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who.  The Silence, their existence is a secret because anyone who sees them immediately forgets about them after looking away, but retains suggestions made to them by the Silence. This allows them to have a pervasive influence across human history while being difficult to locate or resist.



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