Monday, July 18, 2011

Homemade Nail Polish

Homemade Nail Polish
You probably didn't know this, but I am a licensed nail technician and I am obsessed with anything to do with nails. I have been wanting to make my own custom, handmade and gorgeous nail polish, and I finally did! Now you can too...

I got these 4 bottles of clear nail polish at Rite Aid for a great deal. They are normally $.99/ea and they were on sale as BOGO (buy one, get one) 50% off. So all four only cost me $3.00 plus tax. Considering that 1 bottle of nail polish can cost about $8 now, I thought this was pretty good.

Start by making little funnels to put in the top of the bottles. To make one, take a half a piece of paper and twist it around to make a cone. Make sure there is a small hole in the bottom and tape the loose end down.

You can use glitters and/or old eye shadows to create your custom nail polish. I got a few of my glitters and pigments from Coastal Scents. A teaspoon sample is around $1.50 and they have really rich micas, pigments and glitters that are just as good, if not better than, MAC.

Pour out 10-20 drops of the clear polish onto a baby wipe or a napkin and set the brush aside.

Place the funnel in the top of the bottle and make sure the paper doesn't touch the polish.

Then start dumping your glitters and pigments in. I would suggest doing a little bit at a time until you get to the color you want.

Then place the brush back insite and shake it until it is completely mixed. You may need to stir the brush around inside to swirl it around better.

This is one coat of my first silvery glitter mixture. Sorry about the lighting. I couldn't get my flash to work right. It turned out a lot sparklier (is that a word?) than it shows.

Here's a gold mixture I did.



And a red glitter mixture with an eye shadow pigment.



And my favorite, a purple irridescant glitter mixture with eye shadow as well.



I think they turned out really good. This would be a really fun activity to do with young teenage girls or for sleepovers or just for yourself, if you are trying to save money on nail polish.

Have fun!


32 comments :

Shawna Bates said...

so cool! I never knew you could do that, and now that I do know, I'M DOIN' IT!!

Catch A Falling Star said...

Wow!
Who would have known!
I am really impressed with this concept.
I like the idea of using eyeshadow.
I wonder if you can do the same thing with artist chalks?
I will ahve to give this a try.
Thanks for sharing!

Catch A Falling Star
http://starry-delight.blogspot.com/

Toni @ SugarTart_Crafts said...

I'm definitely gonna have to share this with my Tween cousins. They'll flip! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

How fun! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

btanders said...

Cool! I didn't know you could do this!

mimijack said...

WoW. My daughter & I can't wait to try this.
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Karen @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb said...

I bet my niece would like making her own nail polish, I am sending this her way!

madison avenue said...

so cool! it has never even crossed my mind that i can make my own fingernail polish! thanks for the tutorial!

madisonavenue2011.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

thats so cool! never even thought of doing that

http://itsacowgirlthing.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

great post!!! i love it :) thanks for linkin to Tell me Tuesday!
you rock:)
xoxo
ash

radn@HouseonAshwelllane said...

My five year old loves glitter nailpolish. She would love to do this.

Thanks for sharing!

The Tootsie Wootsie said...

That is actually really cool!!! I want to try this.


come link it to my woot woot wednesday linky party!

http://tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com/2011/07/woot-woot-wednesdays-2.html

Kim said...

Brand new follower here! Found you somewhere on pintrest and also through a few other linky parties! So glad I found you!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today!! -
Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Christine @ craftygeordi.blogspot.com said...

I suspect that my daughter will love this. I have lots of old eyeshadow that I don't use but don't want to toss.....perfect!

shopannies said...

love this with three daughters and many girlfriends I am sure that this will be a hint I quickly pass along

Christine said...

Oh wow, this is fabulous! I think I need to try this sometime...

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I would have never guessed how to make nail polish! What a fun trick. I highlighted this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

laxsupermom said...

How fun! I love this idea! I can seeing this being a terrific crafting / party favor idea for a little girl's birthday party. Thanks for sharing.

I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party, and would love for you to link up anything you made/did/bought Before Blogging. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party.

LuckyStarCreator said...

i love this idea, i an never find the right shade of pink that i want. now i can make it!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

How much fun is this?! Great idea!

Stephanie said...

I never would have thought of this! What a fun idea! You are genius!

Robin said...

That is so much fun I am going to have to give it a try! Thanks for linking up to upcycled Awesome!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I love this thrifty way of making your own polish! Never knew you could do this! So fun for summer! I featured your polish on this Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!
http://athomewithk.blogspot.com/2011/07/terrific-under-ten-tuesday-24.html

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Love it, I had no idea you could do this at home. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays! I'm featuring your tutorial tonight! I can't wait to try my hand making my own nail polish!

June@I will craft said...

What a great idea. I never would have thought you could change the color by adding eyeshadow or powders to clear polish. I might have to see if I can add color to some that are not as dark as I'd like.

Lovely Light said...

Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. This is a great idea. I love nail polish and have taught myself how to make very basic nail art. Thanks for sharing! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

I hope you have a great weekend!

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star-artists4ever said...

That is so cool! I am definitely going to try this.

Alina santos said...

what do you mean by this Pour out 10-20 drops of the clear polish do i dump it out of the bottle?

Joi Malkin said...

@Alina santos - Yes you will pour out some of the clear polish just to make room for the glitter/additives that you will be pouring in because you don't want to overflow it. Hope that makes sense. Sorry it was a little confusing!

olivea nageeullah said...

How do u make clear nail polish

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