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This instructable will teach you how to make your own nail polish colors using eyeshadow and glitter.

It's an excellent way to get custom nail polish colors you couldn't get otherwise. And I love the way this nail polish goes on and the way it dries - it's much more matte and shimmery than regular nail polish.

Plus, making your own nail polish is very cheap and fast - so why not give it a try?

P.S. Know there are lots of tutorials on how to make your own nail polish floating around online, but I really wanted to give it a try. :D Even sunshiine has one - make sure to check her instructable out!

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of what you'll need:
  • clear nail polish
  • eyeshadow (I bet blush would work too!)
  • craft glitter
  • a couple sheets of paper
  • a toothpick
I bought the cheapest stuff available at Walgreen's - Wet n Wild. The name is cringeworthy, but at a dollar each for the clear polishes and three dollars each for the eyeshadow compacts, it was a really good deal! And I am actually really impressed with how my nail polish turned out.

The polish is pretty runny, but that's the only downside. :)
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anisamo1 month ago

This is soo coool im so gonna try it

This looks so cool and I am a big fan of nail polish and this will save a LOT of expense I will be sure to try it very soon! ;D

LaraA21 month ago
You can put in a tiny metal ball to make the remixing easier.
kittykat13 months ago

WAW! Thank You sooooo much I saved the trouble of my great expense and I am gonna make it with my friends to let them save less money and have GREAT quality like you and I

kreborn19975 months ago

I use cheap nail polish all the time, it works very well for me.

tamucky692 years ago
I read the first page of comments, but did not see the most obvious way to crush the eyeshadow. Use a PILL CRUSHER! It is very durable, inexpensive can be found almost anywhere, simple to use, no mess, easy to pour into funnel, easy to clean, won't hurt your hands, easy to clean, and small enough to store with your polish making materials in a makeup caddy or bag.

The pictures below give you an idea of the various kinds of pill crushers available on the market today. As you can see there is one for everyone no matter what ailment you may have. They do make automatic pill crushers if you have problems with your hands.

The first one is available at Walgreens for around $7. This is the one I use. It all comes as one piece that breaks down into 3 separate sections: the pill cutter on top, the crusher in the middle, and the drinking cup on the bottom. I found that to just use the crusher, the pill cutter is a real pain and is in the way and more difficult to use. I took it off permanently, but when I need to use it, I do not need to put it back onto the other two sections. It is still very easy to use without being attached to the parts.
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TishK tamucky696 months ago
Fantastic idea - thanks! (even two years later, lol!)
JenitM9 months ago

Thanks, That was really helpful!!

I like this I am definitely going to try this

aj123ps49 months ago

What is bbs please?

elizakan1 year ago
You could also put the eye shadow through a sieve first, to remove big lumps, then put it in the funnel :)
ptran82 years ago
You can try to put the eyeshadow into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to mash it up before putting it into the funnel.
mk3girlie2 years ago
They make solvent resistant glitter that won't break down. I found many varieties on Etsy. Plus color for polish. They also make a "suspension" fluid to make glitter polish that wont let the glitter sink to the bottom.
lmcdonald82 years ago
Some glitters dissolve into the polish and all you're left with is a slightly tinted bottle of polish.
crazylam152 years ago
Luv this. OBVIOUSLY gonna try this
Whenever I made glitter polishes the colored glitter I uses always dyed the clear polish and when I mixed it up it turned into a gross color, how do you prevent this?
Kk132 years ago
I am so trying this its really cool!!!!! :):):)
Mandaa2 years ago
so awesome! :D
GummiBear2 years ago
I never thought of doing that! What a brilliant idea!
Soooo cool! Had to post this on my website, here's the link:
defiantly going to try that I got loads of eye shadow that I have dropped and broke inside there cases, can never be bothered to use them as eye shadow cause the powder goes everywhere, cant throw them out like the colours to much, sorted nail polish it is then, cheers for putting this on although there maybe tutorials on line I wouldn't have even thought to look for it. wicked, :)
a custom color,Just an idea.it's a Great idea!!!
starwalk3 years ago
I've just tried this - it's brilliant - I had old 'Barry M' eyeshadows that I didn't use anymore, but now they have made fantastic nail colours. You're right about their slight matte-ness too, much nicer than a full-on gloss finish.

One little thing, my eyeshadows were loose powder to start with, so didn't need crushing, which I reckon made it much easier: plus I had a tiny funnel that came with a cheap refillable perfume atomiser, these might be worth looking out for.

Thanks so much for the inspiration :)
b4byl653 years ago
Fabulous!! Thank you :))) Another use for old eyeshadows other than to use them as mica powders. I hate waste xManuns
lineofbirds3 years ago
Just a heads up - adding bbs to your polish could ruin it.
I tried it , and the bbs rusted.
This is WONDERFUL! I can't wait to try it.
Judith7563 years ago
My absolute favorite glitter. They have to best micro fine. I used it about ten years ago when I was a face painter.
Great ible. I have a niece who will be trying this.
dangerine3 years ago
Finally, a use for old eyeshadows!
sitearm3 years ago
@jessyratfink; Hi! Clever idea. I've tweeted it to my nieces and nail polish loving friends. Cheers! : ) Site
Sounds great!
My nail polish is always destroyd after washing dishes :(
A good base coat and top coat are helpful with this. Even cheap nail polish can last lots longer when you use a good base coat and top coat!
problem is the top coat doesn't work for me.
When I use topcoat, it chips even faster...
What top coat are you using? It might be worth it to try a new one. I'm really partial to quick-dry topcoats, but they range in price from fairly cheap to REALLY expensive. My three go-to top coats are Seche Vite (Around $8-10), Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-chip top coat ($4-5, if I remember correctly), and ProFX Quick Dry High Gloss top coat ($5 at WalMart for a HUGE bottle).

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri doesn't smooth things out quite as nicely as the other two, but it's fantastic. The other two are wonderful at smoothing out bumpy nail art or rough glitters. All of them dry your nail polish to the touch within around a minute, and I wouldn't be able to actually wear nail polish without them.
I use topcoat from essence.
where do you buy your topcoat?

BTW I love your easy ombre manicure :)
Thank you so much! I'm in the US, so I'm not familiar with shops in the Netherlands. I have to say, though, I'm jealous of your access to Essence products! We get some, but not as many and your products are often cooler!

Are there any cosmetics stores near you? It might be worth looking to see what topcoats are available there. If not, just check the nail polish sections of your shops. I'm sure you'll be able to find something worth trying!
They are not really near me, I live in a small town, but when I'm in the city I usuallly go to a store where they have a few brands, but most of the time I buy essence, they have much cheaper stuff and I don't have so much money. :)
I understand completely. Polish can be expensive!
that's for sure!!!
Have you heard of dish gloves?
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