Tutorial for the newspaper nails style Sherlockian manicure I did last week.
polish for the base coat - some light or sparkly works well. I used a grey with a lot of sparkly mica
color for the smiley
rubbing alcohol - the lower alcohol percentage is better! dilute with water if using 91%
nail art brush
plastic nail swatch for testing
2. wallpaper printout - printed on a color laser printer
The wall paper in 221B is Zoffany’s Navarre. I downloaded an image and resized it and edited the color so that the background was closer to white. Anything white in the final image will end up showing the base color (no laser printed image) when you transfer the image to your nails.
The color and printing on the laser printer I used is less sharp and less vibrant than you get with an inkjet on photo paper so you might also pick patterns that will work ok with some loss of detail and you might also boost or brighten the colors. Remember, the pattern on your nails is a mirror image so if you’re using an image like text that has a distinct left and right side you’ll need to mirror it using software so that it reads properly on the nail.
I did this layout using the Silhouette software so that the strip was about 1.5 in tall.
Cut into strips wide enough to cover each individual nail, like nail decals.
3. do a manicure with the base color and wait until completely dry
You can do all your nails at once for this part
4. paint a layer of clear polish and wait until it is just lightly tacky
From this point in the instruction I’d do these things one nail at a time so that you can finish and dry as you go.
Pour some rubbing alcohol into the small dish for the next steps.
5. swab the painted nail with the rubbing alcohol
6. dip the paper piece for that nail into the rubbing alcohol.
Let it become saturated and start to curl slightly. It’s a bit easier to handle if you leave some extra paper to use as a handle.
7. line up the damp paper on the nail carefully
You don’t want to move the paper once you you apply pressure.
8. use the makeup sponges to apply pressure all over the curve of the nail.
You don’t want to rub or the pattern will smear but you do need pressure for it to transfer. If you peel up an edge and see that it hasn’t transferred you can smooth it back down and apply more pressure.
Part 2 here.