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Quick and simple way to put complicated designs on your nails, no art skills required!

Posted by HotPinkCrayola from Holmfirth, England, United Kingdom • Published See HotPinkCrayola's 95 projects »

  • How to paint a character nail. Harry Potter Nails - Step 1
    Step 1

    First print off your house crests and cut out (I literally googled 'Harry Potter crests' and came up with the one you see here. I just resized them on a word doc until they were nail size). Line them up in the order you want.

  • Step 2

    Paint your nails with a base coat. I used this metallic blue because it's really hard wearing and I was dressing as a Ravenclaw, but you can use any colour.

  • Step 3

    While your base coat is still tacky, dip your printed off crest in the water (quickly - don't submerge for too long or the ink will run). Then put it in place on your nail. The wet paper will mould to the curved shape of your nail whereas dry doesn't (believe me, I tried!). Make sure to really push it down though (your base coat shouldn't come off onto your wet finger).

  • Step 4

    Once the base coat is dry, put lots of thin layers of top coat clear polish on. I did three, making sure to let each one dry between applications. Three made mine solid as a rock, but keep going until you can no longer feel a distinct ridge where the paper starts.

  • Step 5

    When it's time to remove them, simply soak a cotton ball or pad in nail polish remover, hold it tight over the nail, and after a minute the paper should peel off and the base coat can be removed as normal. If not, just scrub until it does peel off!

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HotPinkCrayola · Holmfirth, England, GB · 97 projects
Mine have been on for nearly a week now and haven't smudged, although they have begun to peel off now (easily fixed with a slick of clear polish). I think the main thing to check is if your clear varnish is a proper nail varnish or just a top coat - top coats have less durability in my experience. I've also found the cheapest clear nail varnish is better than the posh stuff for some reason! The designs ran a little if dipped in the water for too long tho.
BluStache · 1 project
Does it get wet/smudged when you wash your hands or have a shower? I remember trying this but it always got smudged, no matter how many coats of clear I put on the top or how long I left it to dry.

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