Newspaper nails for literary hands

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Whether you're having a bookish wedding or not, the newspaper nail trend is bang on. Some brides incorporate a meaningful book or text via their bouquet or a ring book, but you can put the words you love right on your nails! Check out the tutorial on how to make this look last.

  1. Use a clear basecoat.
  2. Paint your nails using a light color like white or gray.
  3. Dip your nails in rubbing alcohol for 5 seconds.
  4. Press the newspaper or page to your nail for a few seconds and then peel off slowly.
  5. Add a clear topcoat to prevent the words from rubbing off.
  6. WIN

Rumor has it that you can use plain water if you don't want to use rubbing alcohol.

Youtube user CutePolish even has a video to make this tutorial a no-brainer:

If you end up trying this (or already have), let us know in the comments.

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Comments on Newspaper nails for literary hands

  1. You can do this with any print, works especially well with images printed on an inkjet printer. I prefer to soak the paper and place it on my nail rather than soaking my nails.

  2. OH I have done this before for banned book week <3 I have done it the above way, and i have also put actual paper on the nails (like a fake nail) and that works too, the clear polish hardens the paper.

  3. I was just tweeted a link to this and LOVE IT!!! What a wickedly wonderful idea. You could even use an old newspaper from the year you got engaged!! Gorgeous find

  4. I also found this on Pinterest (oh how I loooove Pinterest) and tried it right away. It does indeed work, and it looks awesome. However, I found that I had to let the nail polish dry COMPLETELY (as in, overnight) before doing the rubbing alcohol and newsprint step and the topcoat. The first time I tried to rush it, and the polish got all gloppy and then pulling the newsprint off it made it smeary. But once I used patience, my nails looked great!

  5. You can also use vodka if you don’t have rubbing alcohol (just don’t drink it afterwards, lol!). Make sure to get all the paper off your nails or you’ll end up with rough patches. I found that dipping my nails for 5-10 seconds and applying the newsprint for approximately 30 seconds worked. Then I would dab a bit of liquid on the back of the paper before I peeled it off, which would make sure it all came off, instead of having some of it drying onto my nails.

  6. I forsee totally printing out my own nail art in my future! Who needs expensive art from manicurists when you can print that shiz out!

  7. Awesome!!! you could totally even print out your vows and put those on your nails!!!

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