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.