Is Sharpie On Your Fingernails Bad?

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:48 pm

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Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:48 pm

Girls love to have their nails painted. It somehow makes them feel more put together. After a nail salon visit, bright vivid colors adorn their fingers and toes. 

When this is not an option, an at home manicure with a container of nail polish does the trick. When nail polish isn’t available, and color is needed quickly, some girls color their nails with Sharpie markers. 

Sometimes there’s just not enough time to wait for nail polish to dry. You can just whip out one of these markers and color away. 

But we all know we shouldn’t draw on our skin with a marker so is using Sharpies on your nails bad for you?

It is bad to use Sharpies directly on your fingernails as this can damage them. If you apply a base coat and then the Sharpie color then it is safe.

Many people use Sharpies on their nails because it is quick and easy. Sharpies are inexpensive to buy and come in a variety of colors too. 

Instead of waiting for nail polish to dry you can just color and go! When applied with a base coat, permanent markers can also be used to create designs on top of polished nails. 

Their fine tips can easily draw dots, lines, and whatever you want. It is always a good idea to apply a top coat after coloring your nails with a Sharpie because the ink will rub off in time.

Along with a top coat, always make sure to apply a base coat before coloring your nail with a Sharpie. This will keep the chemicals in the ink from making its way into your bloodstream. 

Plus, it will be easier to remove when you want to try a different color. 

Sharpie usage on nails without a base coat can lead to its chemicals going into your bloodstream. Too much of this can be a bad thing and eventually harm your health. 

You don’t want to accidentally stain your nails with a Sharpie so in the long run it is best to stick to regular nail polish.

How To Remove Sharpie From Fingernails 

A Sharpie’s ink can dry out nails and even stain them. Still, many people use the marker as a nail coloring tool. 

With a base coat it is not harmful to you. 

After some Sharpie has been on your nails for a while it tends to fade or chip off. When this happens you may want to remove it to start over with a fresh look.

With the proper steps, a Sharpie permanent marker can be removed from your nails easily.

Sharpie marks will wear off over time. If you get a mark on your nail it won’t be there permanently but there are ways you can remove it. 

If you colored your nails with Sharpie and are ready for a different color, use some of the following steps to take off the old color to make way for the new. 

Sharpie is just as easy to get off your nails as regular nail polish. To remove Sharpie from your nail, use some nail polish remover on a cotton ball to easily wipe the nail to take off the color. 

Rubbing alcohol or acetone can also be used in removing the Sharpie from your nails. Some people have even used some Mr. Clean magic erasers or cooking oil to take off the unwanted marks as well. 

If in the process of using a Sharpie you get some on your skin, don’t worry. If the Sharpie ink is on your skin, put a small amount of antibacterial gel on the mark and rub it in. 

Wipe the excess with a paper towel and wash it off to remove the Sharpie. 

You may need to use some nail polish remover on the skin as well to remove all of the Sharpie marks. If neither of these work, you can try using some rubbing alcohol. 

Toothpaste can also be used to remove the marker. Just rub it in and let it sit for a couple minutes then wipe it off with a wet cloth. 

The same can be done with sunscreen lotion or shaving cream.

How Long Does Sharpie Last On Nails? 

The safest way to apply Sharpie ink to nails is to use a base coat first so that the maker doesn’t come in contact with the actual nails and stain them. 

Sharpie on nails lasts for about a week. A dim color will still remain behind until a nail polish remover is used to take it off completely.

Coloring your nail with a Sharpie lasts about as long as regular polish will.. The average time nail polish lasts on nails is three to five days and it is said that Sharpie lasts for about a week. 

The durability of nail color depends on what you do to make them last. Applying a base coat first and a top coat last will help your polish or Sharpie marks last longer.

When Sharpie starts to wear off it is a good idea to take it off completely as it can look really messy and unkempt. Although coloring nails with a Sharpie can be done it will not have the same result as normal nail polish. 

In the end they will both last about the same length of time on your nails.

Is It Bad To Put Sharpie On Your Skin? 

I have talked about the nail color Sharpies can make and you have more than likely heard about the temporary tattoos made by Sharpies. If you have wondered if this is harmful to your skin and body you could be right. 

Along with leaving a noticeable stain for a few days, some Sharpies containing Xylene are toxic and not safe to use on skin. Some people have said that a permanent marker not containing Xylene is safe to use on skin.

Sharpie ink’s chemicals can be absorbed into your skin and make its way into your bloodstream. Too much of this can present a health concern.

Sharpie’s company doesn’t recommend using their markers on your skin. Drawing on your skin with Sharpies too much can be bad for you. 

By drawing on your skin with a Sharpie you are basically sending its toxic chemicals straight into your bloodstream. Although small amounts of this isn’t poisonous, too much is not healthy.

Be careful when applying Sharpie to your nails not to constantly get too much on your skin and if you do remove it. If you enjoy creating temporary tattoos with Sharpies, let me remind you that this isn’t safe to do and the company even states that their markers should not be used on skin. 

If the company recommends not to do something then it is probably best to avoid it. 

Final Thoughts 

Sharpies are not bad to use for your nails if used correctly. They are widely used as a nail art tool that are easy to use and provide the nails with vibrant color. 

But, if you are going for a professional look, that is something that coloring your nails with a Sharpie will not achieve. Still, they are cheaper to purchase than a nail art kit or even nail polish. 

When applying the Sharpie, always use a base coat to prevent the color from staining the nails and a top coat so that it will last longer. 

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:48 pm

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