Thursday, March 17, 2011

DIY Nail Polish

I subscribe to the craft website Craft Gossip via Facebook and they post all kinds of daily craft projects done by other crafters. One craft project that caught my eye recently was DIY Nail Polish. The site featured for that project was The Lifestyle Lounge.

The Lifestyle Lounge featured two how-to's but I chose to try out the first option which seemed the easiest to do. After getting my supplies I set out to try my little experiment out earlier today.

Here's the supply list and directions from The Lifestyle Lounge.  I just got a cheap $1 eyeshadow quad and a $2 bottle of clear polish from Target since I didn't want spend too much on this and not have it work.  This actually did work with cheap supplies and I can't wait to make more.  The bottle of DIY nail polish in the end cost me about $3....not too shabby ;o).

Materials Required:
Clear Nail Polish
Colored Eye Shadow/ Pigment Makeup
 Nail Polish Remover
Fine Glitter Dust (optional)
Small Funnel
Scrap of Paper
Plastic Baggie

Open up the bottle of clear nail polish and place the funnel end into the bottle.

Block the hole of the funnel by placing a small scrap of paper at the bottom.

Place some eye shadow in a sealed plastic bag.

Gently press the eye shadow and crush it till you get a lump-free, powdery consistency.

Transfer the powdered eye shadow or pigment makeup into the funnel.

If you desire, you can add a very small amount of fine glitter to the funnel mixture.

Carefully mix the fine glitter and eye shadow/ pigment makeup before you remove the scrap of paper.

Remove the scrap of paper and allow the mixture to enter the bottle.

Remove the funnel from the bottle and replace the cap on the clear nail polish.

Shake the bottle well for about 2 minutes.

You can add more eye shadow/ pigment makeup or glitter in case the resultant color is not up to your liking.

In case your nail polish gets thick or lumpy, add a few drops of nail polish remover and shake for one minute to thin the nail polish.


  1. Sweeet! Thanks for sharing! Love the color of the Polish u made!

  2. You're welcome! I can only pull off dark colors unless it's a French mani. I probably have at least 2 bottles of store bought polish that pretty much the same color as this one lol. I have another eyeshadow quat left to play with ;o)

  3. Hi Adriana, What a great blog, and awesome post. I never would have thought to diy that. Hope you don't mind my contacting you this way, but I couldn't find your email address. You entered my nylon flower book giveaway contest at Rad Linc Crafts and you won. :) Please contact me to claim your prize (and I'll need a mailing address). My email address is ftcanon AT gmail DOT com. Thanks for entering.

  4. Thanks so much! I didn't notice you send me comment on this post for the giveaway. I sent you an email :o)