I was reading this month’s Glamour magazine (beauty section first, of course) and ran across a feature of a nail kit that was available from Sephora that allowed you to have a super cute news print or typographic nail design transferred onto your mani (that set is available here). And the power of Twitter intervened when I tweeted that I needed to have that set. Not so, as Kimberly from the Plastic Diaries pointed out. She linked me to an easy DIY-method that could be done with products I already had at home.
What you need:
- Alcohol (Vodka works best, I poured mine in a shot glass for easy use)
- Nail Polish (I chose nude because I liked the way that looked in the article- mine is OPI Samoan Sand- the same as recommended in the DIY method)
- Newspaper clippings (be sure it’s newspaper and not glossy magazine pages- they do not transfer the same)
- Top Coat of your choice
Seems a lot cheaper than buying a set when I already had every ingredient in my house. The DIY instructions said to paint your nails the base color, let dry and then dip your finger in the alcohol and press the paper clipping onto the nail making sure to peel back slowly. I found I had to press hard to get the ink to transfer, which is why it is essential that your polish is completely dry. Do each nail one by one until all nails are ‘printed.’ Then finish with a glossy top coat. My results were pretty good for the first time out of the gate:
Now that I know how the process goes I should be able to keep improving on the results, but I am pretty pleased with what I got overall.
A big thank you to everyone who sent me tips as well! What do you think? Would you rock the News Print Nails? What color would you use as a base?