Thursday, February 09, 2012

One Direction

Yes, you read that right: I did just use the name of a teenage boy band as a post title. And yes, you are correct if to assume that this manicure is related to the band. And dingdingding! correct again if you guessed that I have the boys' faces on my nails! :D
My infatuation with the lovely British boys from One Direction started last summer. If you haven't heard of them then please go check them out. The band started off on the X Factor so they really can sing! They all have great voices and even better looks ;) They're currently taking over North America and I can't get enough of them. My favourite song from their album, Up All Night, is probably One Thing. You can watch the music video here or watch the acoustic version!

So back on topic: I figured that with five boys and five nails there was no way that I could pass up this idea. In fact, I wonder why I hadn't thought of this earlier!
The method involved printing tiny pictures of the boys' faces onto a piece of newsprint. Then I used dipped each image into rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) and rolled it onto my nail to transfer it. I'm not sure if it was the paper, the ink or the method but the images didn't transfer very cleanly. Still, I think they're quite recognizable and remind me almost of an old film strip... in colour... or something.


I used OPI Alpine Snow on all nails. From thumb to little finger we have Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik.

I hope you like these fun nails as much as I do!
Do you like One Direction? What are your favourite songs and who are your favourite boys? ;) For me it's a tie between Zayn and Louis but I do love them all <3

Thanks for dealing with my lengthy fangirling and see you next time!

140 comments:

  1. Haha these are so cool!! xx

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  2. You're my kryponite!!! AHHH I LOVE IT!!! Serious infactuation with these boys right now <3 LOVED watching them every week on x factor ;) would love to be able to do this but have absolutely no idea how to get their faces on newsprint?!?! D: xxxx

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  3. Hi Georgia! Yay, a fellow directioner!! I can't get enough of them either!
    I literally went through my local newspaper, found a 1-2 inch blank strip and cut that out. Then I taped it along the edges onto a piece of printer paper where words usually get printed first (ie. keep the margins of the paper in mind!)
    Find some pics of 1D on the internet and crop+resize them to the size of your nails. Line them all up horizontally and print them onto your newsprint paper.
    From there you take the newsprint off of the printer paper, cut around their faces. Saturate with rubbing alcohol and transfer onto your painted nail with a gentle rolling pressure! (: Seal with topcoat or else it will smudge/fade/etc.
    Hope that helped and good luck!! (:

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  4. These are amazing, so to do it just little printed pictures of them and rubbing alcohol? Where can you buy rubbing alcohol? i will need to try this out!

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  5. That's right, Sarah! You can buy rubbing alcohol at your local drug store, even supermarkets, and sometimes dollar stores and convenience stores (:
    This kind of method is also known to work with vodka so if you have that you could try it too and see what happens (:
    Good luck! xx

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  6. but really omfg how did actually do this i seriously need to know i love them too bits ♥♥ one direction forever ♥

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  7. Woow I love it! <3 One Direction is my favorite Boys Bans <3 and I love all their Songs!!

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  8. Have you written how you did these nails? :) would love to know how to do :)

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  9. Lachieusedepoulainville19 February 2012 14:03

    Can you explain on what print image? because in France we do not avaons newsprint free and you can not print inter alia, oversee x) Thank's ! Justine

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  10. Could you explain it more in detail. I would really like to make this myself but i don't really get how you did it. I would really appreciate if you reply this. Thanks! xx

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  11. hope these quick instructions help (: x

    1. print nail-sized images of one direction on newsprint.

    2. cut around the images as close as possible.

    3. paint all of your nails white. wait for the polish to dry.

    4. pour a little rubbing alcohol into a small container/shallow dish.

    5. dip an image into the rubbing alcohol, saturate completely.

    6. place the wet image on top of your nail where you want it to be. apply a little rolling pressure on top of the image with your finger. make sure not to move the actual newsprint around so that you don’t smear the image.

    7. repeat for the four other boys.

    8. seal with top coat.

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  12. Bonjour! I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question correctly. What I did is look through my local newspaper and find a blank strip. It only has to be about 1 1/2 - 2 inches wide. Cut that out and tape it onto a piece of printer paper. Then print nail-sized pictures of the boys onto the paper like you normally would. Take the piece of newspaper off and you're ready to go!

    I realize that that may be hard to understand so I used my little knowledge of French to try to translate (:

    Je ne sais pas si je comprends ta question correctement. J'ai utilisé mon journal local et j'ai trouvé une bande blanche. Cette bande soit seulement 1.5 - 2 pouces de large. Coupe la bande et utilise le ruban pour l'attacher sur une pièce du papier. Imprime des photos de one direction (qui a la taille de tes ongles) sure le papier. Puis, enlève la bande.

    I hope this helped! Feel free to ask more questions if needed! (:

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  13. Hello, Aquelin! Here are some instructions that I posted in reply to a previous comment:
    "I literally went through my local newspaper, found a 1-2 inch blank strip and cut that out. Then I taped it along the edges onto a piece of printer paper where words usually get printed first (ie. keep the margins of the paper in mind!)
    Find some pics of 1D on the internet and crop+resize them to the size of your nails. Line them all up horizontally and print them onto your newsprint paper.
    From there you take the newsprint off of the printer paper, cut around their faces. Saturate with rubbing alcohol and transfer onto your painted nail with a gentle rolling pressure! (: Seal with topcoat or else it will smudge/fade/etc."

    Please tell me if there's a specific part that you need clarification for and I'll try my best to help! (:

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  14. i tried to do this but the image didnt even transfer.any tips?

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  15. Could you please make an tutorial? I'm an HUGE fan of them so I wouldn't mind having them on my nails :) <3

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  16. omg im so gonna do this sometime :o

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  17. please can you do a tutorial? i love 1D! :)

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  18. i dont get the part whare ypu 'saturate it with rubbing alcohol & transfer it'

    what is rubbing alcohol and when you say saturate it, does it have to go soggy? and hw do you actually transfer it?.. im confused :/

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  19. do you peel the paper back off? or does that stay stuck to your nail?

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  20. hi samfergy! unfortunately i don't think i'll have the time to film a tutorial. however, if you search 'newspaper nails' on youtube there will be a bunch of tutorials that explain the technique i used! the only difference is that you need to print your own images (:

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  21. hello ciabatta! i'd love to film a tutorial for you but i just don't have the time right now ): you can search 'newspaper nails' on youtube and many tutorials will show up that use the same technique though! the only difference is that you have to print your own images of 1D (:

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  22. rubbing alcohol is a household liquid. you can find it at your local drug store. this technique also works with vodka though so if you have that, then use it! (:

    by saturate i just mean that you should make sure that the entire piece of newsprint has been touched the rubbing alcohol. so basically just make sure that the entire piece has darkened a bit because it's wet!

    if you search for the videos that i mentioned in my previous reply to you, you'll be able to see exactly how to transfer it.

    i hope this helps!

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  23. yes, you peel the paper back off! don't keep it on your nail. the whole point is to just transfer the image, almost like a temporary tattoo!

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  24. can you please put up a tutorial or at least the pics you used? i really badly want to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. Estherstevenson27 February 2012 12:16

    well the nails are sick and i am soooooo gunna do that soon!! :) for me it's definatly LIAM all the way and i can't decide which song i love the best so i love me all!!! I also love all the boys as well so it's not just Liam!!!

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  26. how did you do that i what some :)

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  27. Hey , I love your work :D for the One Direction Nails can u tell me wat pictures used?? Thank you and keep your awesome work up <3

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  28. Hey thats amazing! i just had a little question instead of newspaper if you use normal paper does it work? :) <3

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  29. Hi! When you put the newsprint onto normal paper, how did you keep it down for the boys faces to go on it?

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  30. Alissiahenson1 March 2012 12:06

    Hey I love those nails how do you do them????? My fave is Niall, he is sooo cute with his irish accent! (I think im in love)

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  31. Bekahboo2hoo3 March 2012 01:27

    How did you find pictures small enough to put on the nails?

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  32. Press on EXTREMELY hard :)

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  33. Please make a tutorial !!!

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  34. Hey,
    I was wondering if a laser printer would work for this!

    Thanks

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  35. Yup, in fact, I used a laser printer! (:

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  36. I just find regular sized pictures and resize them with an image editing program :)

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  37. I just taped the edges of the newsprint onto the paper!

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  38. I'm not sure, Rita! I know other people have used this technique that way but I've personally never tried it. It's always worth a shot though! (:

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  39. Wonderlust Nails8 March 2012 05:21

    My daughter is a huge fan of 1D and would absolutely freak out if she saw these nails. Thanks for posting, has given me some ideas. x

    www.wonderlustnails.blogspot.com

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  40. can you use water instead?

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  41. I've never tried it but I don't think it would work. If you don't have rubbing alcohol you can try vodka :)

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  42. omg there amazing how did you do it wow u could start up a buisness of celebrity nails xx

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  43. I LOVE ONE DIRECTION!!! Louis is my favorite. i <3 him. tee hee. my fav song is either. what makes you beautiful, gotta be you, or up all night. can you do a hunger games manicure???
    -sydney

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  44. Micka_lomascool17 March 2012 11:34

    I LOVEEE ONE DIRECTION♥ I'm going to do this painting!!

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  45. this is a great idea! i am currently doing them now, the only change i did was use ESSIE's nail polish in BLANC. I am a HUUUGE fan of 1D and i hope this turns out well. Thanks for sharing(:

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  46. haha my favourite is a tie between louis and zayn :) i've never read the hunger games so i don't think i'd be able to do one, sorry! ):

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  47. Thank you, Amber! Here are some quick instructions:
    1. print nail-sized images of one direction on newsprint.

    2. cut around the images as close as possible.

    3. paint all of your nails white. wait for the polish to dry.

    4. pour a little rubbing alcohol into a small container/shallow dish.

    5. dip an image into the rubbing alcohol, saturate completely.

    6. place the wet image on top of your nail where you want it to be. apply a little rolling pressure on top of the image with your finger. make sure not to move the actual newsprint around so that you don’t smear the image.

    7. repeat for the four other boys.

    8. seal with top coat.

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  48. I love one direction!!!!!! I am stuck between Harry and Niall, but I think im leaning more toward Harry. And I love all of their songs.

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  49. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD YYYEEEESSS

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  50. One-Direction_Love529 March 2012 15:50

    Can you please make a tutorial for these nails, because i am absolutely in love with them, and i would love to have there nails for the concert this summer.

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  51. If you don't have rubbing alcohol, you can also just spray some parfum on the newsprint because parfum also contains alcohol. xx

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  52. how did u do that

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  53. omg it is really super
    I want to do that too!
    I'm a big fan of one direction
    and my favorite is Zayn Malik!
    this is really great I'm going to quickly try

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  54. im tring them real soon... did you use a newspaper picture or a printed pic or from a magazine????

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  55. i printed them onto a piece of blank newspaper that i cut out! (:

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  56. haha thank you! zayn is one of my favourites too :) good luck!

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  57. Kateeloveesyo9 April 2012 20:45

    how do you print the picture onto the newspaper im so confused..

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  58. Princessbonnie9811 April 2012 13:20

    where do you buy newsprint paper? by the way i love this!

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  59. it's not any special paper! i just take my local, regular newspaper, and find a blank strip about 1-2 inches wide. then i just tape it onto a regular piece of printer paper so that i can print the pics onto it :)

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  60. so i cut out a 1-2 inch wide strip of blank newsprint from a regular old newspaper. since you can't feed a strip of paper through your printer, tape the edges onto a regular piece of printer paper. now you can print pictures onto your newsprint because it's attached to the printer paper. once you print it you can remove the newsprint from the printer paper and you're ready to go :)

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  61. Hi ! Really want to try this out! Im absolutely OBSESSED with one direction!! My favourite song is probably moments or stole my heart!!! I love them so much and my favourite members are Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson although I love them all!

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  62. These are great. Im fangirling right now just thinking that I only need their pictures to make these great nails (&& trust me, Ive got plently of those! :). Thanks so much, Im sharing this if you don't mind(;

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  63. iloveyou Harry Styles18 April 2012 09:26

    harry me it's my favorite I love him!!!!he is incredibly beautiful beautiful

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  64. thanks ill try to do this!

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  65. I'm upset. I just tried to do this exactly how you said and it didn't come out out. The picture wouldn't stay on the nail. :C

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  66. I cant choose between niall and liam so i say both and my fave song is more then this <3 If i'm louder would you see me
    Would you lay down in my arms and rescue me
    Cause we are the same
    You save me
    When you leave its gone again ♥ Niall Horan

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  67. Alessaundra Karam25 April 2012 20:13

    OMG OMG OMG this JUST might be THE BEST MANI EVER!!!!! <3 <3 please please do a tutorial? xx

    allyjk.blogspot.com

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  68. I LOVE ONEDIRECTION26 April 2012 06:22

    how the hell do you do that dose it need to be printed or can i just do it with magazine pics

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  69. my favoriitee is Niall cuz hes soo cutee nicee funnyy nd i lovee his accent nd hes just aweessome lollzz my favorite songss are i wish , more than this , moments and tell me a liee but i do lovee all their songss cuz one direction iss ammaziinnggg !:) .... i watched this videoo on youtube nd this gurl (her channels name is iluvjesse444) nd she did a tutorial with water instead nd it turned out good ... she used newspaper in one video nd magazine in the other nd she sed shes working on regular paperr:) omggg i justt loooveeee these naillss nd i HAVE to do themm rite noww thanks for thee idea:) !

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  70. amaZAYN! i love one direction! i am totally going to do this on my nails!

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  71. yeah she should make a tutorial!

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  72. OneDirectionLove7 May 2012 12:48

    Seriously love this! I am a HUGE fan as well!

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  73. OMG i love 1d i have them everywhere in my room! thanks 4 the idea!

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  74. loved the idea. my favourite is harry

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  75. Cupcakeefee8 May 2012 09:19

    IM about to use that barbie thing of them when you put a picture in and it comes off on your nails.! I LOVE THEM!

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  76. AHHHHH I don't mind ur fangirling because ur fangirling 1D!!!!!! I AM IN LOVE WITH MAH HAZZA! BUt i love the rest of the guys 2. I am going to do this right now!! XX

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  77. I thought the pictures were supposed to look like that. They look gr8!

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  78. Katelynnkitty10119 May 2012 11:08

    You have a gift ma'am.
    This is just, unf. Beautiful:3

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  79. for how long will the design last?

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  80. Will regular computer paper work if not where do you get plain sheets of newspaper?

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  81. You could try it, some people have done it successfully. I just use regular newspaper and find a small blank section.

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  82. Should last just as long as a regular manicure! Depends on your topcoat and such (:

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  83. Linanewman2825 May 2012 03:06

    louis!! <3 moments

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  84. LouisTheTommoTomlinson26 May 2012 00:13

    just check out your asome sight- to answer your question, Louis William Tomlinson <33333333 and Moments (: Where do you buy that paper?

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  85. where you get the faces of the boys, i mean the faces don't in a newspaper.Can i get them in Germany?

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  86. Do you put top (clear) coat on the the pictures once you apply them to the nail? :)

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  87. okay but i don't know how i can find the faces of they in such a small format (sorry I can't express it clearly , because my english is not so good :) )

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  88. Emilyporetti1 June 2012 18:12

    can i print this picture and how do i
    print this picture\

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  89. you can resize them on an image editing program, even on ms paint!

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  90. google image search, then resize them on an image editing program to your nail size.

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  91. okay thank you :)

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  92. IS GREAT!! I LOVE IT

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  93. that good idea, I love one direction but it is difficult

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  94. um **british/irish boyband xoxoxoxo

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  95. I've browsed through a good number of your posts, you've really got a talent for nail art! They're all beautiful, especially the mixed metals, and this one, oh my god. I am a huge fan of One Direction and I'll be sure to try this as soon as I get rubbing alcohol, hahahah. I haven't really had much experience with nails, but your step-by-step guide has made it a lot easier to understand the process, so thanks for the tutorial! You are one talented young lady!

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  96. Where did you get the pictures?

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  97. Maïté Legrand18 June 2012 05:00

    Exellent !! :)

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  98. Thank you so much, Samantha! It means a lot and I'm glad you like the nails! xo

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  99. can you please help me, I've tried it but it doesn't work :(

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  100. Lozziejewell30 June 2012 08:29

    I LOVE THESE NAILS!:DD Please do a tutorial or something, i love them and i would love to have them!<3

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  101. *cough cough* British-Irish band :)) and Harry and Niall are my favorites but I love them all and Same Mistakes and More Then This are my favorite songs :D xx

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  102. i love 1D too <3 i like all their songs so i dont have a favorite. i love them all but Harry is special to me <3

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  103. Niall Lover 2345 July 2012 22:47

    you might just be one of the most talented girls i've ever come across! all your designs are amazing!!

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  104. Charlotte Adams997 July 2012 16:20

    Louis all tha way!! my fave songs are probably more than this and what makes you beautiful! :)

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  105. Whats newsprint paper?

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  106. how do u print pics on such tiny strips of paper?

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  107. Partyprincess36018 July 2012 21:57

    were did you find the picture you find the pictures of them that small?

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  108. how did you get the images to have a darker/bolder look because when i did it, it was a tad faded? (:

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  109. I LOVE ONE DIRECTION! Who doesn't though, like really?! My favourite is the hottie, Niall <3 ;) CA-UTE!

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  110. I LOVE ONE DIRECTION! But really, who doesn't?! Like really?! Anyway, my favourite is the hottie Niall ;) He is adorable!!! K See ya BYE!

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  111. im doing them ritee now tooo!!! i <3 1D!!!!

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  112. How do i do that on my nails

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  113. Mrs.Felix-Styles31 July 2012 19:44

    Yes can you please create a tutorial

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  114. Darlahappyface2 August 2012 19:58

    this didn't work for me at all. -.-
    sucks. i really like the one direction nails, too. :c

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  115. I too love one direction ! My favourite is the Harry , Louis and Zayn ......

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  116. Agreed!!!
    Def Louis all da way!!!!!!
    : )

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  117. it was probably the method, you should have dipped your NAILS in alcohol first then put the print on there.

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  118. one direction is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome

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  119. This is how you do that manicure....
    1. Paint your nails any color you want, then let it dry.
    2. next print out or cut out of a magazine pictures or words small enough to fit of your nails and cut them into strips that would fit on your nail.
    3. when your nails are dry you are ready to start
    4. dip the pieces of paper with the pictures or words you are planning to put on your nail in rubbing alcohol.
    5. after you dip it in the alcohol place the paper on your nail with the picture or word side down.... (Your applying it as if it were a press on tatoo)
    6. press it for a couple of seconds and carefully peel the paper off.
    7. wait three seconds then put clear nail polish over it to finish.
    and there you have it!


    P.S. if you mess up when you put the picture or word on your nail, or it just doesnt look the way you want it to, you dont have to redo the whole nail. Usually if you just use some rubbing alcohol it will come right off without messing up the undercoat and you can go ahead and try again.


    Try to find something in a newspaper or a magazine... those seem to work best. But you can also use something printed out.




    Good Luck!

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  120. Awesome! can I use a base color other than white? And how small did you have to print the pics? My fave is Niall, with Zayn as a close second! My fave song by them is either stand up or lwwy.

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  121. hi korrah! you could but it would probably look best on white. if you try other colours, use light ones. it all depends on your nail size but for me i think i did about 50x60 pixels.

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  122. How long do you think this would take? i love one direction so much and been looking for a quick way to make them look really nice. Thank you!

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  123. It's got to be the ink because I tried printing something out on newsprint and transferring it to my white-painted nails, but nothing happened. :-( I'm a Warm Bodies fan girl so I was going to do excerpts from the book as well as R's face. My printer hates me though.

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  124. wow looks amazayn

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  125. galorious.blogspot.com17 March 2013 10:35

    awesome! haha!

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  126. I love this. I was thinking while I read your post. It would look even better if you drew film strip above or below there face to make it look like u did it on purpose. I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  127. Nice job. Have you ever tried the Nail Art Studio on Jamberry? http://woodburn.jamberrynails.net/nas/

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