Nailed It!

"I love nail art - I think about it a lot. I get inspired by different things, like beach scenes and 3D bows," Zooey Deschanel, 2012.

Once upon a time the best accessory a girl could opt for was a statement necklace or an amazing pair a heels. But nope not anymore, this season the biggest accessory is arty nails. Leading the posh polish fash pack is Zooey Deschanel who rocked up at this years Golden Globe Awards with a cute tuxedo design, then there was Katy Perry with her 3D floral nails, and now it seems anyone who's anyone seems to be hopping on this cute trend. In fact there has been such a influx of cute nail designs of Instagram they may as well rename it Instanails.

Everything from transfers, stickers to stripes and animal prints are all seen regularly gracing the talons of the fash pack. And now the regular folks, like me, are fast becoming pros at the trend, with the increase of nail art kits.

My personal favourite design has to be the newspaper nails. The instructions actually come from Topshop's Inside Out Blog ( and I decided to give it a go. Topshop suggests using surgical spirit, but I have found that using water can be just as effective.

My Newspaper Nails

They're dead simple to do and very effective, so here's how:

Step 1: Paint nails in a basecoat colour, and then a light colour such as a white.

Step 2: Cut out ten pieces of newspaper big enough to fit on each nail (magazine's also work just as well)

Step 3: Get a dish a tepid water and place one piece of the newpaper into the water until completely submerged. Wipe off excess water.

Step 4: Hold it down onto the nail for about a minute, and make sure the whole nail is covered. Remove and repeat on every nail.

Step 5: Add a coat of clear nail varnish to make sure the design stays put!