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Many women wonder that how it is possible to do newspaper nails without using alcohol. Well! It is so simple because there are many other things that you may use instead of alcohol. If you are between 21 or even 18, you can do newspaper nails. This article is a complete guide for you if you want to learn about newspaper nails without using alcohol.

Things you will need

  • Nail polish of any light color
  • Top coat which should be clear, you can choose Seche Vite Sry Fast for top coat
  • Water (use instead of rubbing alcohol)
  • Newspaper for nail designing


First of all, use usual fashion for painting your nail. In case you buff your nails, you can apply base coat then apply any light color nail polish that you like to show as a base color. Make sure that you chose light or clear color as it will affects greatly when you will apply newspaper on it. White nail polish looks junky and use thinner coat in order to make it more manageable. Now let your nails to dry completely so you can start next process. Give some time to your work and you will see best results.

Next take a newspaper and cut in small pieces with nail size. Take a small bowl and place your liquid in it. Put your nails in it for 3 to 7 seconds. Immediately put newspaper on your nails and then press it gently. More pressure you will apply on your nail, the darker newspaper print you will get. Keep pressing for 10 to 15 seconds and do not move it once you applied otherwise, printing text will not visible. Now it is the time to peel off newspaper from your nails and you will see your words. Let your nails to dry again for 15 minutes.

If the words are too light then you can reapply new print. Dip cotton ball in water and rub the words gently to remove them. Apply newspaper again to see if it fits. Once your nails have dried, check the result and apply final top coat on it. Give some time to top coat to let it dry completely for 15 minutes. Finally your nails are ready with newspaper art without using alcohol. Please note, that anything wet can easily transfer print to your nails so it is not necessary to use alcohol.


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