Friday, June 24, 2011

Newspaper Print Mani

I was inspired to try a Newspaper Print Mani after seeing it "repinned" about a million times on Pinterest.  If you aren't familiar with Pinterest it's site where people "pin" pictures of beautiful things.  I could spend hours on it looking at anything from cupcakes to furniture to fabulous couture gowns!  If you haven't checked it out, you must.  Soon.  I mean it.   I digress.....the newspaper manicure is pretty easy, just takes a little time to get it right.  All you need is newspaper and alcohol.  I used Rubbing Alcohol, but I've read people use vodka as well.  So ladies, mix up a dirty martini and save a few shots for this mani!  First, I cut out the desired section of newspaper print.  I used the classified ads of our local newspaper for this manicure.   Then, I painted my nails with Revlon's Siren lent to me by my sister.   It's not my favorite formula to work with, but it made me feel like a fabulous 1960's housewife drinking cocktails in the afternoon.   Once the nails are completely dry (this is crucial otherwise when you press the paper on to the nail it will smudge), dip one finger in to desired alcohol for 5-10 seconds.  As soon as you pull it out be ready to press the cut newspaper on to the finger.   If the nail is not completely soaked from the paper, just cover it with a little more alcohol and hold down.   After about 10 seconds peel away slowly and behold the beauty of what you have created!   I recommend a high shine top coat such as SV or Essie's Good To Go - it really makes the print pop!   There is a lot of room for creativity.  I have done these manis with the Sunday Cartoons and it's super cute!  I will post some more soon.  Give it a try!

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