Well today is my birthday so instead of going out and treating myself to a manicure, I decided to try something a little different. I have been seeing these ‘newspaper’ manicures all over the internet, and being a graphic designer, I was very curious how it was done. I’ll be going out to dinner tonight to STK on the West Side, so today was as good a day as any to give it a whirl. Here is the step by step process and the materials you will need:
You will need a newspaper, clear base coat (mine is a base coat/top coat combo), a light color nail polish, scissors, a q-tip and rubbing alcohol.
Cut up 10 small pieces of newspaper, big enough to cover up each one of your nails.
Clear Base Coat
Paint your nails with a clear base coat and let dry completely.
Paint your nails with a light color nail polish. The lighter the color, the better the newspaper transfer will show up. I used Revlon’s MINTED. Let this dry completely. It’s very important that your nails are completely dry when doing the newspaper transfer.
Dip the q-tip into the rubbing alcohol and sweep it across the painted nail so that it is wet with alcohol. I do this step one at a time since the alcohol evaporates very fast. Before the alcohol dries, press a piece of the newspaper you cut earlier onto the wet nail and press down lightly over the entire nail and then peel off slowly. As you peel away the newspaper, the ink will remain on your nails. If you missed a spot, you can put more alcohol on the blank spots and press the newspaper back over the nail. I did this several times and I actually liked the overlapping effect.
Gloss Top Coat
For the final step, cover with a gloss top coat. Use very light strokes as it can smear the newspaper transfer on your nails. Let dry completely and you are done!