NAIL ART TUTORIAL: CROSS POLISH-NATION
Don’t you wish you were one of those people who could fly through the morning crossword puzzle? We try and try, but we can never fully complete one (even when we cheat a little). We wanted to create our own version of the newspaper nail (which has been floating around the internet) using crossword puzzles. Instead of using a white base, we jazzed it up with one of our absolute favourite pink colours – Mod About You. Seriously, it is one of the only polishes we’ve purchased more than 2+ times. And just to poke fun at ourselves (& those like us) we used the “solved” puzzles to complete the look.
Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint nails with OPI-Mod About You. Make sure the colour is fully opaque and no nail is showing through underneath (roughly 3 coats). Before moving on to the next step, make sure the nail is completely dry. The first time we tried this we only waited about 5 mins and the polish peeled right off.
Step 2: Cut strips of the crossword puzzle roughly the size of each of your nails. Pour the rubbing alcohol into a small bowl or shot glass, you don’t need much at all. Place cut out strips in the rubbing alcohol for a few seconds, pull out quickly and press directly on nail. Hold the strip for about 10seconds on the nail, going over the edges to ensure the ink has transferred.
Step 3: Complete on the rest of nails – the ink from the newspaper paper will not be perfect for each nail. We redid the ring finger because it moved when we were applying. We like this nail art best with faded edges and missing colour spots to give it a more aged feel.
Step 4: Once all of your nails are complete, wait about 10mins for the ink to settle in the polish before applying any top coat. Because we are working with ink, it can drag and smudge if you apply your top coat too soon. We used Essie – Matte About You, it’s a perfect flat finish and mimics the texture of the newspaper. This is a fun idea for your nails and you can experiment with different things you find in your local paper. Sudoku nails? Peanuts nails? We love them all. This nail art does take a little practice/patience, but after some trail and error it can become a quick go-to mani.