Read All About It

Have you ever seen newspaper nails before? I hadn’t until I came across this amazing blog post recently. I was so excited by it that I had to immediately remove my polish and give it a go!

You can see that my attempt wasn’t brilliant but it was a lot of fun to do. I tried it exactly as the tutorial suggested but had a few problems – the print was coming out really faintly so I changed a couple of things to work better for me.

Dominika used vodka to transfer the newspaper print to her nails, and she kept her nail sitting in the vodka for a while before placing the newspaper on top of it. Instead, I found that surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol) worked better than vodka to transfer the print, and instead of soaking my nails, I used tweezers to dip the newspaper into the alcohol and pressed that onto my nail.

You can see that the print still didn’t come out perfectly, but it’s certainly better than when I tried with vodka. I definitely want to give this a go again – I think it would be a really cool thing to master!

The base colour I used was Model’s Own Misty Grey, and I also decided to finish it with No7 matte topcoat to make it look more paper-like. Have you ever tried newspaper nails?

29 thoughts on “Read All About It

  1. Extra! Extra! Awesome manicure!

    i am pure cheese.

    i havent tried this yet, i used actual newspaper, which looked good, but was completely unwearable as i got them wet and they just slid of myfingers like sad little gooey creatures.
    i cant wait to try this :)

  2. I never even knew about paper nails, but I love it.
    I always know I’ll want to try to re-create one of your nail designs once I notice that you’ve posted a new blog post, and this is no exception. I need to try it soon.
    Though I think I like your version better than the original. I like the fact that not all of it transferred… in fact I thought that it was intentional at first. Haha. Clearly not, but I do prefer the effect.
    Ooooh I really can’t wait to try this, but I need to wait for a least one chip before then, I only painted my nails the other day.

  3. These are so cool! I’m going to hunt down a paper tomorrow morning…. I like these more than the originals because the ink didn’t transfer completely — it definitely adds something to the effect.

  4. I love this look. I am trying to figure out a way of doing so the letters are the right way round :D
    You’ve done this so well and I love the matte topcoat too
    Stacie xoxox

  5. oohhh I Love this! I just did newspaper nails too for the first time a few weeks ago using the same tutorial! lol & I have to do it again sometime soon because it was just too cute and easy. I want to start an experiment and see what kind of prints you can transfer to your nails =)

  6. I haven’t actually bought a newspaper in…what…20 years? And now I have a reason to get one. (Though I may try and pick up a Chinese- or Ethiopian-language paper just so I don’t immediately catch that the characters are ‘backwards’ :D )

    Thanks for sharing this with us!!

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