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DIY Paper Transfer Nail Art Tutorial

Paper designs are super pretty and unique. This tutorial will show you just how easy it is to create this interesting paper transfer nail art!

Here’s An Easy Paper Transfer Nail Art Tutorial

A paper transfer nail art is a neat technique to create a unique nail art design. It doesn’t need a lot of materials or time to finish, unlike the water marbling or gel manicures. You don’t have to be super artistic to pull this look off either. All you’ll need is some rubbing alcohol (or water!) and a little patience for this nail art design. With this tutorial, you can use newspapers, magazine cutouts, and even colorful paper designs to create art on your nails.


What you’ll need for this paper transfer nail art tutorial:


Step 1: Start With A Basecoat And Base Color

First off, paint your nails with a basecoat to protect your nails. Apply an opaque white base to serve as a nice canvas. Wait until your nails are dry before moving on to the paper transfer nail art.


Step 2: Soak Your Finger In The Cup With Alcohol

Pour your alcohol into a small cup, then soak your finger. You can also use water but rubbing alcohol gives a clearer transfer.


Step 3: Press The Paper Onto The Nail

Immediately press one of the paper squares onto your nail with the image facing down. Wait about 30 seconds and remove carefully. The longer you press it the clearer the design will be.

Do the same technique on all the other nails. Make sure not to move the paper around to prevent smudges.


Step 4: Protect With Top Coat

Wait for about 5 minutes before applying a top coat. This will help protect the design and make your nail art look pretty and glossy.


Here’s the finished product!

You’ll notice your nails will also turn a little grayish. It depends on the kind of paper you’ll use. Here’s what it will look like after!


Paper Transfer Nail Art Ideas

Do you want to see other paper transfer nail art designs? Here are my top picks!


1. Burned Paper Nails

This paper transfer nail art is fierce! It has this burned effect that will surely make others wonder how’d you do it?


2. Flowers And Paper Transfer

I love the simplicity yet elegance of this design. Create roses and flowers on top of your paper transfer nails!


3. Japanese Newspaper

You can experiment with various media like magazines and even foreign newspapers. This Japanese paper transfer nails are cute!


Check out the paper transfer nail art video tutorial by StylebyZaza:

It’s way easier than it looks, right? Paper transfer nail art is not as complicated as it seems and it’s super budget-friendly too! You don’t need to buy any special materials to get this unique nail art design! Let me know how awesome your paper transfer nails in the comments section!

You can try other designs this summer. Check out this for more design ideas!

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*Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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