While grocery shopping (somehow I stumbled into the makeup section!), I recently found a kit for a similar appearing manicure achieved with a transferable nail tattoo art. The Fingr’s Edge Nail Tattoos were $7.95 at Meijers but they can be found on Amazon for $9.99.
The kit is simple, there are two neutral base coats: one cream and one a light grey-blue.Three different transfer decals: one with text, one with a pattern, and one with maps.
How to: Newspaper nails
- I used a base coat, and then applied three thin layers of the cream polish. Two was too streaky, but I like very thin coats that dry quickly so two could work if you used a little more polish per coat.
- I applied my favorite quick dry top coat: Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat.
- Next, the directions read: “Dip transfer paper into water and press wet transfer paper image side down over nail for ten seconds.” WHAT THE DIRECTIONS LEFT OUT: You must remove the white paper backing, then wet and place the side of transparent paper that was next to the paper backing into the water then press onto nail. I pressed from one side to the other in a continuous motion to fully cover the nail with no skips to the pattern. Below is the mistake I made when I did not remove the backing paper. I removed polish, repainted and tried again. As I had already ruined one paper by submerging it entirely, I was short one. So I used one transfer paper for two nails. This worked great, even with my longish nails. And it gave me extras in the event of mistake or for future use.
Then I fixed it:
4. Next I removed the clear transfer paper and it left the text behind. It looked great! All I had to do was clean up. I used a Qtip with a little acetone to remove the words on my cuticles.
5. And a topcoat to add shine and protection and I’m done!
- The directions could have been a little more explicit – I figured it out, but I have some nail experience. This could have made someone less determined throw in the towel.
- I like that the words are specific, you can’t always choose your newspaper text and it’s unlikely the words on your nails will match each other.
- Also, newspaper text is frequently a larger font and you would see fewer words per nail. This may be a problem on smaller nails.
- Although I used a topcoat that typically gives me a 5-7 day chip free manicure, the edges on the words started to rub off after three days. I was in the ER doing 12h shifts all three days, so it is possible that the alcohol gel contributed to the early demise of my manicure. I put another top coat on and it extended my manicure to a full eight days!
Bottom Line: For the money and ease of use, this is a great kit. And I still have two manicures left! Plus a few leftover text decals for accent nails in the future.
I’m trying the real newspaper manicure next. Any hints?
- Pinterest Newspaper Nail Art Search
- Nail Klub: Go the Extra Mile with DIY Map Nail Transfers (modcloth.com)
- How to do : Newspaper nails (mylittlelifeoffashion.wordpress.com)
- DIY alcohol scrapbook paper
- Newspaper Nail Art Tutorial – via Beautylish