DIY: Custom Nail Polish Colour

So I’m back from the hiatus of CSEC (thank God) with a new post.  If you’re like me (cheap and poor) you probably want some variety in your nail polish colours but don’t have the funds to buy more.  This post will be the solution to your problems.  Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • An old empty nail polish bottle, small or sample sized ones are best
  • two colours of nail polish that mix well
  • clear topcoat (not pictured)
  • small ball bearings/beads (not pictured)
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    excuse the stain on the cap of the blue

    For this tutorial, I will be mixing a dark purple (SOPHi by piggy paint in “Incogni-toe”) with bright blue (acquarella in “mahalo”) to make a navy-ish colour.  It helps if the colours are in the same family, not complementary or else you will just get a nasty brownish colour.  Adding white will make a colour pastel and adding black in miniscule quantities will make a darker version of that colour.

Step 1

Make sure your empty bottle has been suitably cleaned and dried.  Mix the colours in small quantities on a piece of paper to make sure you like the combination.

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smol swatch

Step 2

Carefully pour the nail polish into the empty bottle in the desired proportions.  Make sure to do this over an area that is easily cleaned (i.e. not your bed).  If the polish is thick you can add a drop or two of clear topcoat to even out the distribution of pigment.  Add a couple of ball bearings or beads to the bottle to help in the mixing process.

As you can see the purple was thicker than the blue and so it was a bit tedious to add to the small bottle.  This is where the clear topcoat comes in.  Carefully add a few drops of topcoat along with the ball bearing/beads.

Step 3

Shake vigorously until all the pigment is blended together and there are no streaks.  Check to see that the colour is what you wanted, and make adjustments as necessary.  If you wanted to add glitter or anything else, do this now.

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after le shake

And that’s basically all there is to it.

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the finished product next to the original colours

Here’s a side by side comparison of the original colours and the final colour

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from the top down: Incogni-toe, my colour and mahalo

I also made a bright coral colour by mixing orange and hot pink.  In three coats its more of an orangey colour but in two the pink shows more.  In the bottle it looks more pink but the picture shows more of the orange tones.  I also mixed this in a bottle of glitter topcoat so you can see the glitter particles in the last picture.

Some helpful tips and tricks:

  • mix your colours in small swatches at first to make sure you like the result
  • use a sample/mini nail polish bottle to mix everything so you don’t have to use that much polish.
  • do not mix water based and solvent based nail polish, they will not blend
  • keep some remover handy in case you make a mess
  • use loose eyeshadow and clear topcoat to make your own colours
  • when adding black, add only small drops at a time to avoid muddying the colour too much
  • be careful not to swap the brushes of each colour, this will ruin the initial colour
  • this is a good way to use up the last of an old polish or improve the texture of a watery/ sheer polish.

Anyway, that’s all for today.  comment, like and follow for more derp DIYs.

P.S if you do this tutorial, post a picture on your instagram and tag me @__pyrotechnics

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