Monday, August 8, 2011

diy fancy nail polish

When I was growing up, 
nail polish where: PINK or RED... end of the story.

But in the 21st century nails have to be in 

Like it? I like it.

And DO NOT like the idea to spend an arm and a leg (as usual)
in nail polish that will use for a month or so, 
get tired of it, and never use it again.

For 4.96$ I'll show you how to make your own
designer-look fancy shmancy nail polish!

Essie Chinchilly - O.P.I. Sky Teal We - Chanel Khaki Vert - Essie Barbados blue

ready? ...start!

--> You need:

- an old bottle of nail polish (the one at the bottom of the drawer, completely dried out,... yes that one!)
- some q-tips
- nail polish remover or acetone
- cotton squares
- a metal bead that will fit into the nail polish bottle
- NYC nail polish in these colors: 
   134 French White Tip 0.99$
   115 Skin Tight Denim Crème 0.99$
   214 Flat Iron Green 1.99$
   119 Black Lace Crème 0.99$

--> Preparation

* empty the old nail polish bottle as much as you can, then fill it half way with the acetone and shake it well until clean.
* empty the acetone, and in case needed, pour some more until the glass looks clean.
* with cotton squares and q-tips clean the inside of the bottle cap, the ridges where the cap screws onto the bottle
* let dry well; only after it's really dry, you can pour some water and a drop of soap dish and clean it again, and rinse it out well. ...and let it dry completely.

Enough for the boring part! 
Now it's time to have some fun with colors!!!
* follow the % of usage of the different colors
* I don't make a full bottle of each mix, just about let's say half bottle, so it won't dry out
* to make the % right, I count while I pour... make sense? 7 seconds = 70% ;)
* put the metal beads inside the bottle and ... shake, shake, shake
* try on your nail
* eventually adjust with a little bit more of this and a little more of that color

xox, d.

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  1. I used to do this a lot in college..I would just pour & mix the paints on a dish and apply directly on my nails...mad isnt it? Also Let me add something to your tute - the brush must be cleaned really (really) well before application or just use a cheap painting brush and throw off once done

    1. I also use this in my school and college time. But now i am not using this one.

  2. How cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

    I'd love to have you visit our first linky party this Thursday! It's a party specifically for kids and teenagers craft and other ideas, so your idea will be absolutely perfect! My husband is a youth minister, so I know plenty of girls who would love this. Hope you'll stop by!

  3. Wow, cool! Had no idea it was so easy. Thanks for posting!

  4. Thanks for sharing :) Good Tutorial!
    Alles Liebe,

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  6. che bella idea! non avevo mai pensato di farmi da sola lo smalto! che idea creativa!

  7. Cool! I made my own nail polish in Junior high by adding food coloring to a bottle of white nail polish. This is much more refined looking.

    I found you through Made By You Mondays and am your newest follower. Come check me out and follow back, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

  8. Very smart! i found via Made by you Monday.

    Carrie @

  9. Neat tute for mixing your own nail potions - sorry polishes!!!:)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. After that, we're all going to be pros! I think I just heard a nail tech crying... :)

  11. Great idea. They look great. Love these colors.


  12. wow, so awesome! i LLOVVEE these. thanks for sharing!

    {love} lauryn @

  13. What a great idea, I've seen the idea to add glitter to polish but never to make your own colors.

    I think I'll have to try mixing some of my own custom colors. I'm sure I'll be adding black to some polish that is never quite dark enough.

  14. I neveer thought to mix my own! This is great for the tmes you get a color home and decide it's not exactly what you wanted. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  15. this is so clever & you made it all look so easy!
    THank you!

  16. Fun, why haven't I tried this yet. Thanks for the idea. I haven't worked up the energy to paint my nails and toes since it took me what felt like a year getting this one kind of glitter pollish off. LOL

    I have a fun any linky goes party that I would love for you to join too! This week linkers could even win a pair of silver earrings just by linking. Hope you will come.

  17. Great idea--never would have though of it!

  18. So fun! I bought the NYC nail polish last week and was pretty impressed how well the color lasted and didn't chip for several days. I will be buying this brand again and making my own colors :)

  19. Sooooooooooooo cool! I never would have thought of mixing your own nail polish.... good idea for my upcoming bday party!

  20. You are so awesome that I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like. :)

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  21. I like this. Thanks so much for showing us how to make the perfect blends.

    I just recently found out that some of the nail colors we think of as new are actually pretty old. As far back as the 1930's there was green, blue, black and gold nail polish.

    Women have said they remember seeing off beat colors every decade after that. I remember girls wearing blue, black, yellow, purple and white nail polish in the 1980's. But only the most trendiest girls though.

  22. soooooo cute <3
    I re-post it on my blog with referring to the original one if you don't mind it :)

  23. This is brilliant! Though I am pretty sure things will look like a warzone if I ever try this ;-)
    Thanx for sharing!


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