Saturday, August 27, 2011

Do it Yourself: Newspaper Nails



Don't judge this DIY project based on my nails. I did this after a few drinks (this project is THAT easy). They can turn out darker and with more clarity when given more attentiveness.


Step 1: Nail Polish. 

I used a base coat from OPI to promote a longer lasting manicure, along with OPI's Alpine Snow, and a top coat from OPI as well. It's just a coincidence my polishes here are all from OPI, because I pledge my allegiance to no one nail polish brand. I.LOVE.THEM.ALL. (except Sally Hansen). 

The top coat goes on after the newspaper print so after you do a couple coats of white hold off on that step.


Step 2: Newspaper. 

Cut out your favorite section of the newspaper. If you're any bit as nutty as me you'll go straight for the horoscopes (why is Mars semi-sextile with Jupiter again this month??! So totally annoying.).

Step 3: Rubbing alcohol. 

This is how to make the magic happen. After your white polish has dried, put a piece of your newspaper (cut  slightly larger than your nails) over a nail. Apply rubbing alcohol over until wet. I use a Q-tip, but anything that will absorb and distribute the rubbing alcohol will work. 

Hold the newspaper very still, and stroke over top fairly hard so it comes off in the same place and darkly. You'll develop some technique after a few nails so don't worry too much about it initially. Make sure to apply the top coat afterwards otherwise the print will come right off.

And voilà Newspaper Nails :)