Geekinterest: geeky nail art
I love Pinterest. Unfortunately I’m not very girly so most things I find that I love I don’t feel that they would “fit” on me. Today I found a pin that showed how you could take a laser printout and transfer the printed output to your nails. I saw this and loved it and instantly went about finding some interesting art to put on my nails. I started out with some colored dots and then some Fourth of July stars. Then it dawned on me… Why not take this and put my geek spin on it? I decided to go with the retro Apple logo. It seemed overkill to do it on all 10 fingers so I opted to do the Apple’s on my ring fingers and then some sort of rainbow design on the rest of my fingers.
Start by painting your nails with a light colored nail polish. I tried to get a really white polish but I felt like I was in Middle School and painting my nails with White Out. I opted for a less vibrant, less opaque white. I did three coats to give my nails a white enough base. Then you laser print out any designs you would want on your fingers. In my case I needed to revers the image of the Apple so it would be correct when I transferred it onto my nail. Cut up your design into smaller but larger than your finger nail sized pieces. I then soaked the piece in water. Once the the paper was saturated I dipped my finger into a cup of rubbing alcohol, took the wet image and put it on my nail. I then took that finger with the wet paper transfer on it and dipped it back into the rubbing alcohol. Now you need to apply some pressure onto your nail. Try to press down on the entire nail for 10-15 seconds. You can peek and see if it is OK, if not, dip it back into the rubbing alcohol and press again. When you peel it off some of the paper will stay on the nail. Once your nail is fully dry you can take some sharp tweezers and remove the paper fuzz. If there’s a bit left on don’t worry too much as once you put a top coat on it will disappear.
I did 3 test nails before I attempted this full set. As you can see it’s not perfect. For starters, I don’t ever wear nail polish, so I’m fairly bad at this. Also it should be noted that I’m fairly impatient and wasn’t willing to redo an entire finger.
My art for download