Newspaper nails

Today I have a newspaper nail design to show you :) It’s a trend I’ve seen on a number of other nail polish blogs and finally I decided to try it out myself.

Newspaper nail art

I like the idea of printed text on my nails, even if the words are backwards :) The design is fun and easy to do, but it requires time and some patience.

Overall, for the manicure I needed:

  • Light grey base color – OPI Calling All Goddesses! NL G09 (4 coats) – the color dates back to 2004 when it was released with OPI Greek Isles spring collection. They describe it as a pearly off white shimmer. To me it looks almost white, almost creme. In fact its shimmer is so delicate that it’s hardly visible on my nails. I don’t think I’d wear Calling All Goddesses on its own – the polish looks quite boring, but as a base color this almost-white-grey can be used in many designs :)
  • 10 small pieces of black & white newspaper
  • Vodka
  • Clear top – 1 coat

Newspaper nails design

Naturally, I wanted to take pics of my newspaper nails with a book or a magazine, but as always – when you need something it’s never around! The only newspaper I had was already cut in pieces lol Don’t get me wrong, I love to read, but I prefer e-books and online magazines.
I kept looking anyways and finally I found a pile of old DVDs with PC games… well, from a distance they looked like books :D So here’s my nails with “Painkiller”, back then it was an awesome game btw, with zombies and other lovely creatures from Hell :)

Words on nails

The only thing I don’t like about the newspaper nail design is that alcohol dries the skin. That’s why I didn’t dip my nails into vodka, like many tutorials say. I simply soaked newspaper strips in vodka instead (1 sec was more than enough), and then I overlaid the strips directly on the nails and pressed them firmly. After about 10 seconds I removed the strips and voilà – I had words and letters transferred from the newspaper onto my nails! One coat of ORLY clear top and it was all finished :)

OPI Calling All Goddesses! may be hard to find nowadays, but I think the new OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls will do just fine, since it’s not pure white. A touch of grey sure adds to the design quite nicely :)

That’s it for today, thank you for readying and till next time xxx

7 Comment

  1. This result is amazing, much better than with any actual news papers that I have seen – well done!!

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you, Maria :) I think it’s because of the newspaper’s font and ink – the letters were quite prominent on paper, and also I pressed the paper stripes really firmly to the nail surface and hold them for a while, to make sure the ink will transfer on to the polish well enough.

      1. Yes, I thought that would be the case, we don’t have newspapers like that here – this is quite amazing…

  2. One of the best newspaper nails I’ve ever seen! The letters came out so clear.. Hehe same with me and newspapers though: I wanna make this design for ages, but I never have newspapers around :) Wrong century we live in :)

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you :) It’s really nice to hear!
      tbh I’m really pleased with how well the words came out. Like I said, I think it all depends on the font and ink and newspaper itself – the letters on paper should be black, vivid and clear..

  3. I was just about going to say what the two ladies above have said this is definitely the best newspapers mani that I have ever seen is your vodka something magical? Is it because it’s Russian? :P

    1. Mari says: Reply

      lol the vodka was Russian, you are right here (40% alcohol by volume), but I’d rather give all the credits to the newspaper :))

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