Introduction: DIY Custom Color Nail Polish!

Have you ever needed a slightly different shade of nail polish than the one you have?
Have you ever wished your nail polish had a little bit more sparkle?
Have you ever wanted your nail polish to dry faster?
Ever needed a custom color of nail polish but didn't want to commit to an entire bottle?
Have you ever wanted your nail polish to match your eye shadow?
Do you like chocolate?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this tutorial is for you!  :)

Step 1: Change the Coverage!

I bought some nail polish that just wasn't what I had hoped.
I know I should just take more time and put on 3 thin coats of polish...
but I couldn't wait that long.

Take some dry eyeshadow that matches the color pretty close...
and add it right to your nail polish!
It instantly made one coat coverage THIS much better!
(don't look too close at my old-yard-work hands!)

Step 2: Here's How...

I used a small knife to chop up eyeshadow on a lightweight piece of paper.
Then crease the paper to act as a slide (funnel) to get all the eyeshadow in the nail polish...
Mix it up and paint on one regular layer!
The eyeshadow gives the nail polish more sparkle and helps lessen the drying time!

It's amazing!

Step 3: Total Custom Color!

I had about half a bottle of clear polish in my stash...but no black.
I never paint my nails black, but wanted to see if the same
coverage could be achieved with such a drastically dark color!
So I scraped off some black eyeshadow...
Poured it in my jar...which is cool by itself...
And shook it up!
Still needs 2 layers, but it's gorgeous sparkly black!

And it doesn't separate! 

Step 4: Perfection!

Perfect DIY Nail polish!
You can do any color combination you can dream of!
Try mixing a metallic eyeshadow to a non-metallic color!  :)

And you can match it with your eyeshadow!  :)

And it cleans off exactly the same!  Just some remover on a cotton ball! 

Step 5: Non-commital!

Now, if you aren't ready to commit to an entire bottle of your mixed color...
You can use a palette.
Add some eyeshadow into one of the wells...maybe some Tardis Blue!

add your clear nail polish...
And mix!  You can use a paint brush, or just use nail polish
remover to clean the brush when you are done.

This one had quite a bit eyeshadow to nail polish ratio...so it's very glittery!
And dried WAY fast.  Make sure your ceiling fan is off during this...

Just enough for 10 fingernails!  Color once without the lifelong commitment!  :)

Step 6: Endless Options!

Now you can mix up your nail polish to suit whatever mood you are in!
For the perfect color matched nails!

Would make a great Mother's Day gift!  Just add a custom label! 

Check out more fun at my blog Doodlecraft!
Thanks!  :)

Comments

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Brystal213 made it!(author)2016-01-30

how Do/Or Can I Mix The Colors

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marvelgirlcaptainamerica made it!(author)2015-11-14

Lol. Do u like chocolate. Lol

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NeoMe made it!(author)2015-01-14

*posters

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NeoMe made it!(author)2015-01-14

Whodathunkit...You did! Awesome! As other poaters have said, *cheers* Here to using my horde of undesirable eye shadows! Ms. Mix-A-Lot is gonna go to town today! Thank you for sharing!!

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kodiwoedee made it!(author)2014-05-06

Wonderfully wicked wizardry!

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Nixen_Blue made it!(author)2014-01-02

This is the perfect way to use all the eye shadow colors I NEVER use in my pallets. They're pretty colors and I always felt like I was wasting so much make up cause I never ever used them. Thanks for fixing that problem for me! (:

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ddevronn made it!(author)2013-11-22

can't wait to try this out

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soccer_dancer12 made it!(author)2013-09-10

Perfect

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Saadina+ made it!(author)2013-09-02

this is just amazing!

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Saadina+ made it!(author)2013-09-02

this is just amazing!

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Wynd made it!(author)2013-04-19

Awesome! Totally going to go buy several cheap bottles of clear nail polish and those wickedly bright dollar store eyeshadows ;)

Until then I will play with the non-committal way and see what I come up with :D

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Nekolove02 made it!(author)2013-08-16

I Wanna Do That Too ._.

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-21

That's what I did too! Have fun! :)

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-04-19

awesome tip!

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-21

Thanks Holly! :)

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artworker made it!(author)2013-04-18

You Maam are totally awesome!
You remind me of Gretchen Grundler + The Ashleys (Refer Disney's Recess)
The Stylish Geek!

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-21

Haven't seen it, but yes, sounds like me! (except the stylish part)
Thanks! :)

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Ma+Barley made it!(author)2013-04-18

This is really cool. THANKS FOR POSTING!

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-21

Thanks! :)

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addielynn11 made it!(author)2013-04-18

This is SUCH a great idea! Im going to go go try that right now omg!!! I definitely voted for you, and please go and check my 'money does grow on trees' instructable in the make to learn youth contest!

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-21

Thanks! Love the hidden money in fruit...maybe for kids lunches! Thanks again, hope you have lots of nail painting fun! :)

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kathryn%24%24%24 made it!(author)2013-04-18

What's up with the chocolate

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-18

Ha ha! Yeah, sometimes I add stuff in there just to see if people really read it! :)

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Sparked+Ideas made it!(author)2013-04-18

Yes, this is great. I have lots of left over nail polish and eye shadows that I can experiment with now. Any tips on how to thin nail polish that's a bit too dry? Would you add acetone?

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rimar2000 made it!(author)2013-04-18

Very clever idea, I will apply it.

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2013-04-18

So many cool colors! I love that non-committal method, wouldn't have thought of that :)

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-18

Thanks! I like that too! Now my trove of nail polishes could be reduced to just a few...then I'd start hoarding eye shadow! :)

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2013-04-18

I used to hoard eye shadow, now it is one of the few things I don't, might have to get back into that :D

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DaysLikeThis made it!(author)2013-04-18

genius!!!

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pie+popper made it!(author)2013-04-18

That's fantastic! Can't wait to try it :D

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-18

I hope you do! I keep thinking of new combo's I want to try...maybe something iridescent! :)

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The+King+of+Random made it!(author)2013-04-18

Awesome idea Nat :D

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-18

Thanks! :)

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pharmgirl34 made it!(author)2013-04-18

This seems like a fantastic way to use up eyeshadow that is past it's age (been at the bottom of my makeup drawer for years)! Thanks!

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doodlecraft made it!(author)2013-04-18

Yes! It makes those fun bright colors that you might not wear on your eye, perfect for your nails! :)

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