Mapped Mani

I am SO excited to share this manicure with you!   As soon as I read up on newspaper manicures, I knew where I wanted to take it - I present to you, the Map Manicure.  This one is perfect if you're headed on vacation, dreaming of traveling the world, or just looking for something fantastic!

I did have a bit of trouble with application at first, so I'll finish this post off with my own step by step tutorial.

Here's the other hand, for your viewing pleasure ;)

My only regret is that everything is backwards...I wish it looked like this (I flipped it in photoshop)...

Are you ready for yours?   Here's the list of things you'll need:
  • A small dish with alcohol (I used rum...yum!)
  • Pieces of a map, cut to the approximate size of your nails
  • Base nail polish color, nothing too dark
  • Clean up tools
  • Topcoat
Step 1:  Paint 2 coats of your base color, no topcoat (yet), let dry until no longer tacky.

Step 2:  Dip your first finger in the alcohol
Step 3:  Place the cut map over your nail, press until it is damp from the alcohol (add a drop if necessary), then wait a minute

Step 4:  Carefully peel off paper (some should stay with the image on your nail.  If not, you didn't get it damp enough or press hard enough) 

Step 5:  Gently rub the excess paper off - it should not appear white

Finish off with a coat or two of your favorite topcoat, and you're good to go!   A bit of work for sure, but worth the extra effort and easier overall than a water marble manicure.  



serendipitously.create said...

I adore this manicure!! I would never have thought about using a map - this would look great over Essie Carry On (which I, also, would never wear, but this makes me want to own it!)

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