I own a dictionary. I use it quite often. You can say I have a word fetish. I thought this “nail look” was quite appropriate for me. No these aren’t my natural nails. Take a look at my review on the Cosmar Quik Nails if you haven’t already.
This is actually quite easy to do. It’s a heck of a lot easier than water marbling I’ll tell you that much. I do recommend you use a very light, pale base coat to do this.
You will need newspaper clippings of course. I didn’t want to do a traditional “newsprint look”. I’m a texture kinda girl so I wanted different layers of print in different sizes and different depths of color. More of a grungey look as opposed to the usual clean, single print newsprint nail. The words will transfer backwards so it doesn’t really matter what the words say.
You are going to need some good ol’ alcohol for this. I used 91% alcohol.
Some people recommend putting the alcohol on your actual nail. I found it easier just to put the clippings in a bowl filled with a little alcohol in it.
I painted my nails and let them COMPLETELY dry. This should be common sense but I’m an impatient girl and I’m sure some of you are too. You will be pushing onto your painted nail with the design so you definitely want to make sure your base color is dry. I used a basic white polish and a basic black polish, both from Wet n Wild.
Now the fun part… Just take a clipping and press down (with the image you want face down of course) HARD on your nail. The words from the newspaper will transfer onto your nail! You can opt to stop here and finish it off with a top coat. I told you I was going for a more grunge look so I kept going, stamping at different angles and using different sized fonts until I got the look I wanted.
I always seem to like one hand more than the other. Today, I liked my right hand more.
Hope you guys liked this look!!! It’s a very fun and quick way to change up your mani!
Nymphette- Ill take one in every color please! Confessions of a fashion and beauty addict
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