How To: Newspaper Nails
I’ve been dying to try the super popular “Newspaper Nails” but around our apartment newspapers are hard to come by. I finally got my hands on a sheet of newspaper and just had to give it a try.
Start out by painting your nails a light colour (one that black ink will easily show up on). I used White on White Nail Polish from China Glaze, but any pastel or light coloured polish will work.
Once completely dry, you will need some newspaper that you can tear up into small squares (you’ll need one for each nail). Then, using a small container that you can create a small pool in, pour in your rubbing alcohol. (I used a small plastic piece of packaging I found inside a box)
One at a time, let your piece of newspaper soak in the alcohol for just a couple of seconds (until completely saturated), pull out, line up on your nail and press down on your nail, holding for about 5 seconds. When you lift the paper off, the lettered print will be on your nails. Easy as that! Repeat for all your fingers, finish with a top coat and you are good to go!
There are a number of video tutorials for this on youtube.com but here is the one I ended up following.
What I noticed after watching the video and trying them myself:
- You need newspaper, in case you are like me and thought flyers might work because that is all you had….think again. Save your time trying and steal one sheet of newspaper from that one person you know that still reads the paper everyday…
- You really don’t need to let it set there for 15-20 seconds before pressing down on the paper. Just line up the paper on your nail so the text will go on straight and press down for about 5 seconds, lift up and the lettering will come out plenty dark.
- Definitely make sure you press down evenly to ensure the print covers the entire nail. If not, the lettering will be noticeably lighter on certain areas of your nails.
- Be careful applying your top coat, the print can smear and bleed easily (just like with Nail Marbling). Make sure you put a thick enough coat on, so the dry brush isn’t pulling at the pattern.
I hope you enjoy giving this fun manicure a try. It is really simple and takes only a few minutes once your nails are dry.