The Nail File: Newsprint Nails

Time for a new addition to The Nail File!  It’s also Visual FBFF hosted by Miss Rockwell from Thrifty and Shameless.  To see more awesome nail looks, click on over.   This week’s manicure is another trend for nails this summer.. most I’ve found through pinterest.  This week its Newsprint Nails.  I promise, its WAY easier than it looks!  

It took about 20 minutes in all to do this manicure. Waiting for nail polish to dry was the longest part.  Here’s how to…..

1) What You’ll Need

Rubbing Alcohol (or any kind of strong liquor) poured into a small bowl

Small Strips of Newspaper (wide enough to cover the nail)

Nails With A Dry Pale Coat of Polish On Them

2) Dip Your Nail

Dip your nails in the bowl of rubbing alcohol for 5 to 10 seconds. You want it to be soaked.

3) Press On the Newspaper

Press the newspaper PRINT SIDE DOWN onto your nail.  I messed up my first nail by having the newspaper the wrong way.  Press/rub the newspaper all over the nail for about 15 to 20 seconds.  Then peel off.

4)  Apply Clear Coat

Apply a clear coat after you’ve completed all nails on one hand.  The top coat is necessary! Otherwise the newsprint will rub off the second your hands are underwater.

I chose Essie’s Mint Candy Apple as my base coat instead of a white/tan.  I still wanted a pop of color.

This has been one of my favorite summer manicures by far! I’ve gotten lots of compliments and “How did you do that?’s”   It is definitely worth trying because it is so easy!

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  • brett

    This is so cool!
    I can’t wait to try it
    Thanks for sharing it with us


  • Atthepinkofperfection

    Love your nails! I keep seeing this trend too and can’t wait to try it!!

  • Charee

    Ooooooo, I love this!!  I am def going to try this for my next DIY Manicure project…whenever that may be. LOL  I love that color too!!!!   CUTE!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, that is SO good! I love the mint base colour. I want to try this but can’t find anywhere to buy rubbing alcohol. You’ve inspired me to look again. (This is my fave mani so far from the link up, don’t tell anyone I said that…)

  • Rebekah

    I’ve been really wanting to try this with a crossword puzzle, but I’ve been too intimidated by the process.  Maybe I’ll have to give it a shot this weekend.  Yours looks awesome!

  • Michelle

    Thanks! It’s so easy!

  • Michelle

    Thanks! It is so easy and SO worth it!

  • Michelle

    Thank you so much! It’s so easy you’ll LOVE IT!

  • Michelle

    OMG. Thank you SO much that is so sweet of you! I found my rubbing alcohol at like cvs/walgreens. I’ve also seen that you can use a liquor like vodka. I’ve even seen some that do it with water; you’d have to google the water one though. I never looked at it. GOOD LUCK! and thanks again!

  • Michelle

    OH…I love the idea of a crossword! Someone also tried it with comics and that was cute! I’d love to see pics if you do the crossword….email me or twitter!!

  • Anonymous

    I love the mint color that you used. Essie really has some beautiful shades. I CAN NOT WAIT to try this!

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  • Ladyofashion

    So clever, I LOVE it! -xo

  • Liz

    Thanks for all the information. I really like the concept of this post and I feel that this is a very unique and rare information that you have managed to compile. It is quite interesting to read about this very rare topic.

  • Kleavon

    Nice nails. Your nails are really looking fantastic.But how you do this.I would like to  read your more updates.Keep sharing with us in future too.

  • Mike

    Nice nails.Really enjoyed reading that, you made some really good points.Wish I’d found this blog earlier. Some really great posts.