Get Yo' Nails Did

Newsprint nails are all the rage right now, so why not just be a bunch of trendhounds and conform, right?!

To be perfectly honest, I don’t love this style because I think it’s a little hard and the only people who do it really well seem to have the hour and a half of time and patience it takes to do it correctly. What I did here is not the absolute best version of this (I think this tutorial is pretty impressive), but I’ll still break it down for ya.


Start by getting your supplies together. All you need is ten pieces of newspaper cut into manageable strips, some rubbing alcohol (it costs like, a dollar and is probably already in your medicine cabinet), a shot glass, a nail polish of your choice (I used Birthday Babe by OPI), and a top coat.

The newspaper should be real newspaper with soy ink. You know how some newspapers come on nicer paper these days? That’s not gonna work. Just grab a copy of The Post or something.


Paint your nails and wait for them to dry. This is one of the reasons this whole process is kind of annoying. You need to wait until the nail is dry all the way through, which can take about 15 minutes depending on how many coats you used.


Pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into your shot glass. If you don’t have a shot glass, good for you. You can use any cup or container that’s small, but you want there to be enough liquid in there for you to fully submerge your nail in the alcohol.

One nail at a time, dip your finger in the alcohol for about a second and a half and then immediately apply a piece of newspaper.


I always think this part looks dumb and that’s also why I’m not a fan of this process. I’m always like, “Great job sticking a piece of newspaper to your alcohol-soaked finger, Molly.”

I’m really hard on myself. You might not take it there when you’re doing this, but if you feel dumb during this part, know that we’re probably soul sisters.

Wait 30 seconds and then peel the newspaper off your nail. You should have a reverse print on your nail of whatever the piece of paper you laid on top of it said. It’s just like Silly Putty.

Repeat this process on all of your nails and then wait another five minutes or so for the printing to dry. Then you put on your top coat, which really helps the letters stand out.


I got smart this time and used the *SPOILER ALERT* crossword puzzle solution on my thumb. I’m always unimpressed with the way standard writing looks on my nails, but I am actually kinda into the way my thumb looks here.

This style is basically the bane of my existence because I can’t seem to get it right, but I bet this is just another example of practice making perfect. If you really love this style, keep trying it out. I mean, I wouldn’t suggest you put Malcolm Gladwell time into this or anything, but it’s your life.

  • Beth Curry

    I will definitely be trying this at some point!

  • Brittany Woodell

    I kinda love this. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Ashley Maffioli
  • Becca Sands

    I’ve seen people do this with sheet music, which is my personal favorite. But I agree, it takes too much time that I could be using elsewhere, like finally doing my laundry, or scrubbing the toilet.

  • Deanna Zoe

    I have a few tips for this, if anyone cares. First, you’ll need a better base color. I think a medium pink looks best with this design, it makes the print stand out more (plus it’s summer-y!) Second, I find that it’s easier to cut the newspaper portions only slightly larger than your actual nail, so you don’t have long floppy pieces hanging off of your nails. And also, after you dip your nail in the alcohol, press the newspaper strip on your nail with quite a bit of pressure in sort of a rocking motion to make sure it gets the whole nail (I use my thumb and index finger of my opposite hand to sort of “pinch” the nail and the newspaper together).. and you only need to do this for about 5 seconds or so as opposed to just leaving the strip sitting on the nail for 30 seconds. I’ve done this several times and it works like a charm. Hope this was helpful! :)

  • Catherine Fisher

    I think it looks great! Esp the thumbnail. I’d totally do this right now if it wasn’t currently 1.30am..

  • Sepideh Zarrinkelk

    I do this for some time now. It’s so much fun. Though I use Matt light gray as a base color or sometimes just a regular light pink basecoat.

  • Ashley Lynn Cook

    Good gracious me, Molly this is fantabulous! I wasn’t even aware this could be done! I LOVE it! I never put color on my fingernails, I always get a french manicure done, but I may have to forgo the frenchie for this! <3 thanks!

  • Karen Belz

    Hour and a half of free time? I have that! I’m definitely trying this out in the near future.

  • Judith Gomez

    RAD! Thank Youuu.

  • Lauren Nespoli

    I’ve seen this before and liked the way it looks, but I haven’t tried it yet. I love the crossword solution idea; that looks awesome! Do you have any suggestions for a good base coat and top coat? I keep looking for that Vivd topcoat, but I can only find it online. I’m tired of my nails chipping after like one day though and yours always seem to look good so I figured I’d ask!

    • molls

      Hey, Lauren! OPI and Sally Hansen both have good top coats and base coats and two-in-ones :)

    • Lauren Nespoli

      It won’t let me reply to your comment, so I’ll reply to my own I guess! Thanks for the info! :) I have a gift card to Ulta so I’ll look there first! I know they have OPI and probably Sally Hansen; they have so much stuff! Ooh, and maybe I’ll get a new color or two while I’m there…

  • Meredith Bagdazian

    I’ve seen people do this on Pinterest and always wondered how they did it! Can’t wait to try!

  • Lara Streeter

    I have 12 year old girls tonight. We will try this for sure!

  • April McLean

    Quick question- Does it wash off when you wash or hands or does it stay??

    • molls

      It will stay as long as you give it time to dry. I do recommend using a top coat, though.

  • Jenifer McIntyre

    I have this on my nails right now! I love it.

    One tip I have is to dip the newspaper in the rubbing alcohol instead of your finger, and then press the newspaper onto the dry nail. It works wayyy better. And it takes less time.

    • Jenifer McIntyre

      And also, you can use vodka too, if you don’t have rubbing alcohol. And who doesn’t have vodka in their freezer?

  • Jessie Coss

    I love this segment! Also, love that this looks complicated, but sounds do-able. THANKS!

  • Fiona Hoey

    SO CUTE!!

  • Claudia Gelabert

    that’s “pretty cool’ [miley snl sketch voice] gonna tryyy it!

  • Allie Krukowski

    that’s hott.

  • Greer Jamie

    Not exactly related to the demo, but I just thought you should know: you’re my favorite thing on the internet.

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