Friday, 3 January 2014

Tutorial: Newspaper and Crossword Nail Art


As a journalism student and crossword puzzle lover, I like my newspapers. I've been dying to try this style out for weeks, but I had an unfortunate lack of vodka in my cupboard (I'm a terrible student). The issue has since been rectified, however, and I gave it a go the other day. This is a really easy technique to get the hang of and the end product looks top notch.

YOU WILL NEED:

Vodka or something else with a high alcohol content - other tutorials I've seen have used rubbing alcohol or even mouthwash.
10-15 small newspaper/crossword squares-  it's always good to have backups. The ratio of newspaper to crossword pieces is up to you, as is where you put them (I used the crossword bits as random accents).

MY TOP OF THE RANGE VODKA AND NEWSPAPER SQUARES
STEP 1:

Paint your nails with two coats of any light shade of your choice. 
I used Barry M Matte in Nude Vanilla, which gave a more realistic and subtle newspaper look, but white would work nicely too.


STEP 2:

Dip your nail in vodka for about 10 seconds. Have your paper square ready to go, or you will end up dripping vodka everywhere as you scurry around trying to pick one up.

USING THE LID FOR MAX EFFICIENCY
STEP 3:

Quickly place on your paper square and smooth it out. Press down hard for 20-30 seconds, making sure you are pushing down all parts of the paper touching the nail (or it will end up patchy). Using a cotton pad or wad of tissue helps to evenly distribute the pressure. Try to avoid moving the paper as much as possible.


STEP 4:

Lift up one corner to check it has worked, and then peel off the paper carefully. It it hasn't worked properly for whatever reason, don't worry - just give your nail a good scrub with the vodka and then try again!


STEP 5:

Repeat x9! Here's what my nails looked like before I cleaned them up.


STEP 6:

Apply your top coat (I used O.P.I RapiDry) and neaten up any messy edges from the base coat. Wash your hands to get rid of the excess newsprint. 

(N.B. the top coat caused a small amount of smudging for me - I would probably save the crossword nails until last next time as they have the most potential to run.)


And that's it, admire your wonderful nails!

Let me know if you give this technique a try!
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5 comments

  1. These look amazing and really good photos too :D. Need to try this xxx
    -Sarah Speaks

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Link me the pics if you do! x

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  2. These look great! I've tried this technique, but I never thought of using crosswords :) I love the nude base too!

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  3. This is fab. Definitely going to try this :-) Brilliant post; thanks for sharing.

    x Roch & Tash x
    www.next-route-style.blogspot.co.uk

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