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You’ve packed your duffel with comfy-cool outfits, filled a cooler with snacks, and have even read up on some road trip-ready hairstyles. But don’t hit the highway just yet! Nail Klub’s not about to let you spend all those hours with your hands at 10 and 2 without a manicure to keep you company. This month, we’re putting a navigational twist on our DIY nail transfers tutorial and opting for map pattern nail art. A little rubbing alcohol and a paper map create a quirky departure from your day-to-day digits.
Too shy to ask for directions? No worries! Check out our step-by-step instructions below!
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Love it! Thank you Nail Klub!
I personally think that it’s ÃœBER ADORBZ! <3
OMG!! This is THE coolest mani EVER!! 🙂 So gonna try this.
just spent 10 minutes trying to get the ma to transfer without success only to realize i was using peroxide, not alcohol. Oops!
Should I let my nail polish dry before dipping into alcohol? I don’t want to assume! 🙂
Hi Stephanie! Yep, you want your white base coat to dry completely before you dip your fingers in the rubbing alcohol to ensure things don’t get too gloopy. Oh, another tip – get that fingernail good and wet before putting the map against it. The wetter the nail, the easier the ink will transfer. Thanks for your question, Stephanie! Let us know how it turns out 🙂
Can I use vodka or does it have to be rubbing alcohol?
Never mind I read the rest of the comments and saw that it would work 🙂
Hi, daughter and I tried this many times last night and we cannot get the map to transfer. Is there something with the paper? it’s quite glossy.
Tried again with rubbing alcohol for sure this time – no transfer! Any suggestions? Would love to make this work.
I have had success using vodka instead of rubbing alcohol… also found it worked really well when i photocopied the map then applied it to the nail. maybe it’s something with the ink from a photocopier?
Hi Jayjay! Some inks can be a little more stubborn than others, so it might take a little more time to transfer them. Make sure you get your nail really wet with rubbing alcohol before you start the transfer – the wetter the nail, the better. If you want, put a few extra drops of alcohol on top of the map piece when you’re pressing it against your nail, too. Press the map firmly onto your nail for a solid minute, and really take your time peeling the paper back so as much ink sticks as possible. And yes to Sarah’s comment! I’ve read that vodka works great for this technique!
Your tutorial made my day – it’s awesome! I can’t wait to try it with my daughter.
Would this also work with gel nail polish?
Omygod, i realy love this!
I’ve put a link of your tut on my site: http://oempaloempaas.blogspot.nl/p/inspiration.html
And shared it also on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Oempaloempaas
I hope you don’t mind it <3
Super cute nail design!! Would it work if I printed out a map onto regular printer paper and then applied it to my nails?
Not if it’s inkjet, unfortunately :/
This worked amazingly! I think I need to work on getting more of the ink, while leaving the paper, but otherwise totally happy!
Would it work with a malways instead on just a map???
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Holy sweet shit! Road trip nails!
wow these look so cool
Do I have to just dip my nails into the alcohol or should i keep them in for like 2 minutes??
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