February 08, 2011

Tutorial: Newspaper Nails

I recently discovered this manicure "trend", and I was curious to see the results on me so I decided to give it a go yesterday. It was my first try so it's far from perfect, but I love the effect!

To achieve this look, you will need:

  • some alcohol (I used Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70% U.S.P. I've seen many people using vodka but I wouldn't personally want to "waste" such a yummy beverage for a manicure... I'm such a drunk, I know LOL)
  • cup to pour the alcohol and soak your nails in it
  • pieces of newspaper (the smaller the text, the better in my opinion)
  • light nail polish
  • top coat

Start by painting your nails with a light nail polish. I chose a pale pink but you can use any color as long as it's light, so the newspaper prints will show on it.

I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in First Blush

Be sure that your nail polish is completely dry before proceeding with the next step. I was too excited and I completely messed up my right thumb because I didn't wait long enough. Just to be sure, you could even wait a complete day.

Dip your nails in the alcohol and let them soak for around 30 seconds. I'm not sure if it really makes a difference how long you let them there, I guess I will have to experiment.

I prefer to dip one nail at a time, even though that's not what I'm doing in the picture LOL.

Then place a piece of newspaper on the nail and press firmly for about 30 seconds. Make sure it covers your entire nail (curve and tip), and DO NOT MOVE or else the text will be blurry (unless it's the look you're going for).

Peel off the paper gently, and finish with a top coat.


I personally think this manicure could look tacky on long nails, but it's up to you. I prefer my nails short anyway.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please don't hesitate if you have any question (=

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  1. WOW thats nice!

  2. The tutorial I saw was using a dark grey base (so it looks more like newspaper) and the person wet the paper, then put it on the nails and kept adding more alcohol on top. Maybe that would help more transfer of the letters on to the nails. Great first try though

  3. really creative!!
    I´ll try it out!


  4. OMG!!! This is the coolest thing ever! Thank you so much for doing this, I can't freaking wait to do this tonight :D

  5. That is quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen! I'm totally going to try that this weekend. :)

  6. This is very cool! I love the effect it gives, I'll have to find a newspaper and try it out! :)

  7. This is amazingly cool!
    I'm going to try this soon, would you mind if I did a similar post on my blog? with a link to your, obviously :)

  8. Oh! Mais elle est géniale cette idée, il va falloir que je tente!

  9. hey Gaby what's up! hope all is well. i think this nail polish idea is very creative hun!

    i thought you might be interested in my ELF 83-piece makeup palette and nail polish set giveaway too!


  10. Thank you for this great tutorial, I must admit that the result is really really good!!
    I'm glad I found Hellocotton and discovered you there ;)

  11. @Anonymous: Merci BÉBÉ! Hihi <3

    @Halifax : Yes I saw some pictures on Google with a gray base so it looks more like newspaper, but that's not the look I wanted. But thanks for the tip, I will definitely try it next time!

    @white-lotusflower : Thanks! Do let us know if you try it out!

    @Diana: I'm glad you like it! I hope you will end up with something better than me hehe =P

    @Ally: I'm glad you like it! Let us know how it goes for you (=

    @Shaylee Anne : Thanks! You definitely should try it out (=

    @Oreleona : Thanks! =D

    @..R May A.. : Of course you can do a post on this, but you don't even have to link to mine, it's not like I invented this (=

    @Mei Ling : Tu drvais poster le résultat sur ton blog (=

    @Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse : Thanks, I'm glad you like it! Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway (=

    @Lolaa : Thanks! I didn't even know I was still on Hellocotton LOL, it's been a while since I updated it.

  12. @Petitmondebeaute.over-blog.com : Tu m'en donneras des nouvelles (=

  13. OMG! I'm going to try this too :D

  14. J'aime bien, ca fait un ti look punk! Javais vu que tu avais poste ca lautre jour et ensuite le lien marchait pas, ca avait pique ma curiosite!

  15. @Lene: Let us know how it goes!

    @Ms Bubu : Oui, j'avais essayé de scheduler mon post car j'allais être à l'école mais j'ai des problèmes avec ça ces temps-ci, ça ne marche plus z=

  16. wow that's a lovely tut!!
    I have seen people try it before but never thought it would be this easy :)

  17. @Ezzy : I'm glad you like it! I was amazed at how quick it is to achieve it (=

  18. Ooo I love your nails Gaby and this is the first time I heard of newspaper nails! This sounds so easy and I'm going to give it a try soon :)
    Yes I think smaller print would look better too as you said and yeah, why would anyone waste vodka? Plus, vodka is not cheap!! Rubbing alcohol is way cheaper LOL

  19. AHH! it looks so good!! oh man i def have to try this asap! and i'm pretty sure i have that same sally hansen polish! :D so creative & cuteee! :)

  20. I love this! Well done, your nails look so good x