Thursday, 21 June 2012

NOTD: First Shot at Newspaper Nails

Sorry for my brief absence from Secrets of a Wannabe Charlotte! I've moved back home from university so I was a bit busy manically trying to fit my life into a car and get back home, but now that I'm *somewhat* organised, the blogs are back on track again! I was also alerted to the fact that my Hellocotton button has been mistakenly directing people to BlogLovin' instead, but everything is fixed and all works fine now!

My first attempt at gradient nails managed to last 5 whole days with no chips, but waking up this morning with a little crack in the polish was all the sign I needed to take it off and take a shot at my next nail art! In my pastel gradient nails post I mentioned that I was itching to try out newspaper nails, and that's exactly what I've done 



Here is everything I used for this technique  (plus a glass of water but it wouldn't balance on my bed!). For those of you who have been put off this technique by the need for rubbing alcohol, just use nail polish remover instead, it works a treat!

★ Newspaper ★ Cotton pad(s) ★ Base colour: Nicole by OPI 'It's All About The Glam' ★ Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat ★ Nail polish remover 

Although I am an avid nail art fan, and love to experiment with different techniques, this was my first try at newspaper nails - and just let me say: anyone who wants to get into nail art but doesn't know where to start, start with this! If you're not that confident in your nail art skills and want something easy to start you off then definitely do this one first. This technique doesn't require steady hands, it doesn't require any fine detailing - I believe anyone could tackle this and have it turn out amazing .



Here is what my nails and workspace (bed) looked like mid-process...



I felt like I was back in primary school art class! One thing I will say is to not copy my idea and do this in bed! A full glass of water and bottle of nail varnish remover precariously balancing on an ever-moving mattress around wet nails is not the best combination! Next time I will definitely do this at a table, or at least with a flat surface somewhere near.



And here is the finished product...


As I was a complete newbie to this technique, I watched a YouTube tutorial before attempting it. Here is the video I watched, it's so easy, and you don't need to follow it as you do your nails - just watch it once and it's easy enough to memorise and then practice on yourself!



So what do you guys think? Let me know if you try it, I'd love to see all your guys' nails! 











24 comments:

  1. I like that they turned out really nice.. I have to give that a try soon, I'm getting ready to post doing the Gel nails ones that came out a while back but I'm just getting to do the review and video on them.. After that I have to give this a try.

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  2. wow such a great effect

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  3. I've seen this before but didn't think you could use remover. I'm good try it now :D

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  4. That is so cool! Will definitely have to give that a go!

    Kate x

    http://newgirlonthe-blog.blogspot.com

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  5. That's such a cool effect, I've seen it before and the fact you used nail varnish remover makes it much more simpler :) great post! xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, so glad I found that video showing the technique - I don't even know what rubbing alcohol is!

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  6. Ooh I'm definately going to try this now I know you can use nail polish remover :) x

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  7. Such a good idea! I normally keep my nails pretty simple but this looks so easy I really tempted as it sounds pretty fool-proof! Great post :) xx

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    1. Yep! As long as you don't smudge your nail varnish you cant go wrong!

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  8. wow, this turned out really well!
    ha ha, i wish i didn't have crappy nails (i bite mine. aghh.) i would totally do this, and all of the other cute nail tutorials i see online!

    -alexandra
    http://alexisinodak.blogspot.com

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  9. That turned out really well! I've always done it with rubbing alcohol but now I need to try it with remover. Thanks for the tip!

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  10. This looks incredible! So impressive for a first attempt! xx

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  11. I really want to try this! Yours turned out great! xx

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  12. Yours look great! And your blog is so pretty :)

    Emma xo
    www.fluffandfripperies.com

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    1. Thank you so much! It took a lot of my changing my mind to finally settle on the daisy theme :)

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  13. I've been wanting to try this style forever, it's so fun and original! Yours turned out really good :) Love it!

    Take care!

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    1. Thanks :) Definitely try it out - its so easy!

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  14. I did this with the bright comic strip section and it turned out pretty cool. Looks great girl:)xx
    http://beautifulworldoflennynb.blogspot.ca/

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    1. That sounds like such a cool idea! Very pop art-y!

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  15. Love the nails! And I'm glad to find another blogger who uses the bed for product photos :D Keep up the great work!

    Love,
    Dominika
    peonybeauty23.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha it's far too much hassle to actually find a flat surface that's clear in my room! ;)

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  16. They look really cool and different. Love it :) x

    beautyimaginarium.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. You did a great job - such a cute look!

    <3
    www.couturenoir.co.uk

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  18. I've already tried the same kind of mani and I always love the result! Yours is really nice! <3

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