Making nail polish

How to make a homemade nail varnish

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to make a homemade nail varnish

Although the market offers nail varnish in any colour, it is always possible to innovate and be original with totally different tones created by ourselves. If you love to wear an impeccable manicure which is beautiful and with different designs, this OneHowTo article is for you. We show you step by step how to make a homemade nail polish, a cheap and easy option that lets you get spectacular colours to set trends.

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Steps to follow:


Preparing your own nail varnish at home is very simple, you only need togather the following products and materials:

  • Base or clear nail varnish.
  • Eye shadows in the shades that you like.
  • Small container or resealable container to keep the nail varnish in.
  • Small plastic bag with sealed closure.
  • Wooden stick for stirring.
  • Scissors

Once you have gathered all the materials, the first step in making homemade nail varnish is selecting the eye shadow in the colour you prefer and placing it in a small plastic bag. You can take advantage of any shade that is broken and you are no longer using. Now, close the bag and with the help of the top of a nail varnish brush crush the eye shadow to turn it into fine powder.

How to make a homemade nail varnish - Step 2

When the shadow is ready, cut the plastic bag from one of its corners with scissors. Then, slowly pour the powdered shadow in the container you have chosen to store the new nail varnish.


The next step is to add clear nail varnish to the container. Do it slowly and controlling the amount you want, but a good option is to add varnish until the shadow powder disappears. Use a wooden stick to thoroughly mix both products. Ready! Close the container tightly and keep it in a cool place.

How to make a homemade nail varnish - Step 4

It really is that easy! Within minutes you can make a homemade nail varnish and have the nail polish colours which suit you best.

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  • If you notice that the mixture of shadow with clear nail polish has become lumpy or too dry, add a little nail polish remover.
  • Try mixing different shades of eye shadows and get unique and original colours for your nails.
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