Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mani of the Week: Newspaper Nails

nails, nail polish, nail art, newspaper nails, newspaper nail art, Deborah Lippmann, Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Deborah Lippmann Fashion, mani, manicure, mani of the week, manicure of the weekLately, I've been wanting to experiment more with nail art. And while I'm definitely a novice -- and don't have a steady enough hand to create very intricate designs as of yet -- I really wanted to try newspaper nails this week. Luckily, this is a type of nail art that's so easy, anyone can do it!

I began with two coats of Deborah Lippmann Fashion, which is my favorite nude nail polish. I recommend nude, though you really can use any color as the base -- but lighter colors like grey, nude or white would be best so the newspaper print will show up against them.

After letting the polish dry completely -- which is important, because otherwise they'll smudge and the newspaper print won't show up -- the fun part began. One by one, I dipped my nails into a little cup of rubbing alcohol for 5 seconds. While the nail was still wet with alcohol, I then pressed a strip of newspaper onto the nail and held it there for 15 seconds.

When I removed the newspaper strip, voila! Newspaper nails. To keep the design intact and add glossiness back to the manicure (since the glossy finish rubs off with the newspaper print), I finished with a coat of Seche Vite.

All in all, this manicure was really easy to do and only took about 5 minutes longer than a normal manicure! I highly recommend trying it for a unique look that will definitely get people talking!

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