I laid down the paint brush for one second this weekend (more on that later) to focus on my nails. As some of you may know, I like to experiment with beauty care and share all of the details here on the blog. Remember the time I was on a mission to save money getting ready for a friend’s wedding and saved $400+? This time around I had been feeling antsy about my nails when I stumbled across this tutorial from A Pretty Penny. A newsprint manicure! What a novel idea.
The picture is a little fuzzy but it’s cute right? I wanted to try mine on a brighter polish color. My skin is so pasty that nude colors, even though I love the idea, look very Twilight vampire on me. So, here is my version. Starting with my supplies…
- 12 strips of newspaper (no, I do not have 12 fingers, the extra is in case you mess up)
- Base coat (I use OPI’s Ridge Filler because I have irregular nails)
- Base color (I used the ‘ole favorite, Essie’s Mint Candy Apple)
- Top coat (not pictured… whoops!)
- Vodka (or rubbing alcohol, but vodka works better)
Next, after pouring vodka into your bowl, dip in your finger. Now’s a good time to yell, “What a waste of good vodka!” in your best drunken impression.
With your finger still very wet with vodka, wrap a single strip of newsprint around your finger, with the words facing down on to your nail. Press firmly for 10 seconds. Make sure not to move the newspaper strip otherwise you’ll have smooshed text.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. Next, add your top coat. And, you’re done! How easy is that?
I want to see pictures if you try it! I also want to try it on white, light pink or light yellow polish.
p/s: Have any of you signed up for a monthly Birchbox? I am so tempted, but not sure if it’s worth it. I love the idea of getting a little gift in the mail each month.
p/p/s: Yes, those are my Harry Potter 3D glasses in the photos and I have no intention of throwing them away anytime soon.