Sunday, 16 September 2012

Sunday DIY: Custom Nail Polish

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To make your own custom nail polish shade you'll need a clear polish, some paper and an eyeshadow of your choice. If the eyeshadow is pressed you'll also need something to cut/crush it with although it would be easier to use a loose powder shadow if you have one!

I used Natural Collection polish in Crystal Clear & MUA eyeshadow in shade 14.

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If you need to start by crushing some of the eyeshadow into a fine powder so that it will be easier to mix into the clear polish.

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Roll up your piece of paper to make a funnel that fits into the top of your polish bottle and start to add the crushed eyeshadow into the bottle.

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To make sure it is properly mixed in so you don't get any lumps when you try to paint it onto your nails later you'll need to give the bottle a good shake.

Tip! You may find that in between uses when the polish is in storage it may seperate so remember to give it a shake before each use!

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Once it's all blended together smoothly you can test it out on your own nails or a nail wheel if you have one. You may need to add some more eyeshadow to get the colour opaque so repeat the process until you are happy with it. I used approximately half of my eyeshadow which is 1g of product with an 8ml bottle of clear polish.

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The nail on the left shows my finished polish shade, the one on the right is the first swatch before I decided to add more eyeshadow. You could also add some polyester glitter to make yourself a custom sparkly shade!

Tip! If you don't want to make a full bottle of polish you can pour some of your clear polish onto a piece of foil, add the eyeshadow to that, stir with a cocktail stick or brush and paint onto your nails straight away! You can also use this technique to make custom colour by mixing exisiting polish shades.

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Tip! Make sure you put down a piece of paper or make your polish on a tray as you may end up with a mess that looks a bit like this.
 
The total cost of this DIY polish was £2.89
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