The Secret to Keep Your Sharpie Manicure from Smearing

The Secret to Keep Your Sharpie Manicure from Smearing!

Yesterday I had a reader ask me how to keep your Sharpie manicure from smearing when you are putting on your top coat. It can be a little tricky. If I am really careful applying my top coat and lay it on THICK it doesn’t smear too much. But that’s not really ideal. So while I was up at 4 this morning with a crying baby I was thinking to myself, you need some sort of barrier between the Sharpie and the top coat that you can put on without smearing. Then it occurred to me… hair spray! It sprays on lightly, it goes on clear and you can easily wash it off the rest of your hands easily, AND everyone already has it!

So I tried it, and guess what?! It works!

The Secret to Keep Your Sharpie Manicure from Smearing

Excuse my sloppy nails, I was in a bit of a hurry, but it shows exactly what I wanted you to see.

All you have to do is lightly spray your nails after you have put on your Sharpie. The lighter the mist, the better, so do it from several inches away. Once the hairspray is completely dry, paint on your top coat. You still want to try to keep from going over it too many times with the top coat, because it COULD still smear, but the hairspray definitely helps!

Hooray for Sharpie Manicures!

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26 thoughts on “The Secret to Keep Your Sharpie Manicure from Smearing

  1. Elizabeth @

    This is genius! I found this page after googling how to keep my sharpie manicure from smearing, because my nails currently look a hot mess (and I even tried to use a really thick top coat.) I’ll give it a try next time for sure!

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  3. Cassie

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It’s the little changes that make the most important changes. Many thanks for sharing!

  4. Glinda

    I’m no longer certain the place you are getting your information, however good topic. I needs to spend a while learning much more or figuring out more. Thank you for wonderful information I was on the lookout for this info for my mission.

  5. A.B.

    Any idea if spraying rubbing alcohol (main ingredient in hairspray) would work? I don’t have and won’t buy hairspray but have alcohol.

    1. Heather Post author

      Unfortunately it doesn’t work. The idea of the hairspray is that it puts a thin polymer coat between your Sharpie manicure and your top coat. The rubbing alcohol will just evaporate quickly off your nail. If you have a spray adhesive it will do the same thing as the hairspray. Thanks for reading!

    1. Heather Post author

      I did use an aerosol spray, but any kind should work. You just want to make sure it’s a fine, even mist. Thanks for reading!

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  7. RJ

    Hi, great info! All the POR Manicurist’s out there may have a product called Let’s Go that drys glue rapidly. This may be a product that will rapidly dry the ink! Worth a shot!

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  13. Yovonne

    Thank you for all of these great tips, especially all of the info on Sharpies! I never would have thought of using Sharpies for nail art, but you’ve accomplished some beautiful nail art with them.

    As for using hair spray, it’s perfect! I’ve known a lot of artists who have used hair spray to protect their charcoal and pencil drawings, as well as pastels, because it is so much less expensive than artist’s fixatives (which can be outrageously expensive) and it makes sense that it would also work great to keep a Sharpie manicure from smearing.

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