Murder on the Orient Express inspired nail art

One of my favorite mystery novels is Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie is so adept at creating eerie atmosphere and Poirot is just such a fun character to read. And, actually, he is so hilarious. If you haven’t given any of her books a try, I think this or And Then There Were None would both be great places to start! I still haven’t seen the new Murder on the Orient Express movie yet, but it recently came out on video and I plan to check it out soon. In that spirit, I wanted to create some simple Orient Express inspired nails to celebrate. Train tracks against a snowy background really capture the feel of this novel for me. These nails are super easy, even for a beginner! Keep reading for directions and links to items you may need!


You’ll Need:
  • white nail polish
  • brown, black or dark grey nail polish
  • very thin brush


  1. Start with layering on a nice white base. This will be the snowy background that your tracks are laid on.
  2. After it dries, draw two parallel lines going across each nail in the dark color. Use the thin brush for this, not the brush that comes in the bottle.
  3. One that’s dried, paint your railroad ties perpendicular across the tracks. Try to space them relatively evenly.
  4. Throw a top coat on once everything’s dry!


Murder on the Orient Express Nail Art


That’s it! So easy! For something a little more creative or challenging, try making the tracks in a winding pattern across the nails rather than just a straight line.


For more Poirot fun, check out this alcoholic mint hot chocolate, inspired by Hercule himself! It’s the perfect treat to accompany a mystery story on a cold and rainy day!


Have you seen the new film yet? Let me know what you thought of it below!




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2 thoughts on “‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Nail Art”

  1. This is such a cute and clever design Anna! I don’t have the most deft touch with nail art but this looks like something I can try. I higggggghly recommend the new Murder on the Orient Express with Kenneth Branagh. It’s such a stylish film and the whodunnit is balanced between humor and serious high stakes: it’s not easy to strike that either! I’m planning on reading Christie’s novel and some of her other books from her vast writings this summer!

    1. Thank you so much! I really hope you enjoy Christie as much as I do! And that I enjoy the film as much as you did. 🙂 Sounds like they captured the tone of the book from what you’ve said! Let me know how the nails work out!

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