It’s been a while since I’ve done this mani, but I love the effect so decided to give it another go.
Right hand - please excuse the messy edges that come from being painted by my non-dominant hand, and the messy cuticles that come from me not paying as much attention to this hand because I so rarely photograph it!
For the base, I used Sally Hansen Beige Blast, a colour that I originally bought just for newsprint manis but have since found to be a great neutral base colour. I also love the Sally Hansen wide oval brush shape, which makes it easy to cover the nail and get clean edges.
On the downside, it is supposedly “Insta-dri” but I found the two coats I used took aaaages to dry, resulting in some squishing of the undercoats as I pushed the newsprint against the nail. This was with me leaving the coats to dry a lot longer than normal that I would were I just painting on top of them too.
Better people than I have posted newsprint nails tutorials, but since I had forgotten half the tricks that worked for me since I last did them, I’ll record them here:
- Let your undercoats dry really really well. (See above re. re squishing the undercoats!) A quick-dry topcoat won’t cut it, since it might stop the top layer feeling tacky but won’t get all the layers dry.
- Rum works just as well as rubbing alcohol. It always seems like a sad waste of alcohol, though, since I just can’t bring myself to add the rum to my coke after 1/2 hour of dipping nail polish in it.
- I have seen some tutorials that say just to dip your nail or the paper in alcohol, place it on the nail for a few seconds, then slowly remove. This does not work for me at. all. The result is a faint, blurry transfer. What DOES work for me is: dip nail in alcohol. Put paper on nail. Press it down, really really hard. Count to thirty seconds. Peel off paper. Let it dry. Yay!
- A quick dry topcoat (I use China Glaze Fast Forward) doesn’t seem to smear the print at all, as it has a tendency to do with fine designs otherwise even if they seem dry.
- Mix up print sizes - headlines are a really cool, striking effect when mixed up with normal-sized news print.