DIY: Newsprint Nails

After reading Suyen‘s blog on how to do newsprint nails, I remember telling myself that I’m “so” trying that at home. But work happened, vacations came along and new job opportunities knocked on my door. Thank goodness I now have free time on my hands!

Quirky Suyen on my iPod Touch 😀

So. Reading her post on my iPod Touch, I readied all the necessities:

  • Basecoat
  • Base nail color
  • Newspaper strips
  • Alcohol
Caronia nail hardener & base coat
 As suggested, I wiped my nails clean first to get rid of unnecessary dirt and oil resting on my nail beds.
After that, I applied a coat of nail hardener-slash-base coat for an easy polish application.  I only used one nail polish color that’s why I opted for a clear base coat.
Cutex Tropical Bliss
I decided to use Cutex Tropical Bliss since this was the only “light” shade in my kit that caught my attention that day. This has a peachy pink tone to it that screams summer! 😀
Dipping my nail in alcohol
Yes that’s the alcohol cap that I used as a dipping bowl. Haha! Anyway, I dipped my in alcohol since it was easier. I forgot what Suyen said about “gently” pressing down the newspaper strip on your nail and failed at my first go. I wanted the print to really stick to my nail so I basically smudged the hell out of my polish.
Round 2!
For my second attempt, I opted to wrap my finger with the newspaper strip and pull them from the back of my finger instead. I found it easier and less stressful. Since I was only using one color, I opted to paint a thin layer of nail hardener & base coat to seal the prints. Also, ignore how dreadful my nails are.
Tadda!
It’s actually fairly easy when you get the hang of it, it’s just annoying when the print doesn’t stick to the nail as nice as it did two nails earlier. But here’s how my DIY newsprint nails turned out–UGLY! Yech. I think I can do better than this. Such a disaster.
Seeing how dreary my nails look, I removed them after I took photos. Methinks I need more practice before I go to work wearing this! 😀 I like how the Tropical Bliss color looked against the print though. 🙂

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  • Cool! I do like the base color you used. I think I’ll try it with a turquoise/aqua base color next time. The trickiest part is really the transfer of the print but I’m sure we’ll get the hang of it. Goodluck to us! LOL :p

    • Yup! I’m gonna do it again this weekend. I shall conquer you, newsprint nails. Haha. 😀

  • wow, that’s so cool–and surprisingly, rather easy to follow!

    • Yup it’s fairly easy! 🙂

  • I am so buying that shade of polish. 😛

    • Yay! It’s cheap too–only Php109. 🙂