12 Feb

Make matte nail polish at home!

Matte nail polish has been SUPER popular lately, but of course, it can be hard for us non-celebrities to get our hands on some (at a reasonable price, I mean.)  Well, now you can make your own matte polish at home for (drumroll, please…): FREE!!

Another bonus: you have full control of the color, so you’ll get a customized nail polish at home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-White nail polish (I’m assuming that most of you have this at home.  Otherwise, you can pick some up at the drug store for as low as $1)

-Eyeshadow in any color (I don’t know about you, but I’ve got plenty of old eyeshadow that is either too bold to go on my eyes or that is too similar to another color I own.  Your fingers are a great place to play with color… if you don’t want to look like an 80’s prom queen, go bold on your paws!)

-a piece of paper

Here’s how you do it:

1) Crush up your eyeshadow into a fine powder (if you want super dark or bold color, use all of the shadow, otherwise, start with a little at first and add more as you go.) As you can see, I wanted a grey polish, which can be hard to find in stores, so I used black shadow.

2) Pour it onto your piece of paper and create a small funnel.

3) Dump the shadow into your polish and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!

The end result?

Try this at home and let me know how it goes!  Have you ever made your own polish?  What colors are you loving right now?


{ posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 }


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Comments: {14}

  • Nina writes:

    Holy balls, that’s AMAZING! :)

  • Marina writes:

    What a great idea! I have sooo much old eyeshadow i know I’ll never wear. I’m gonna try it this weekend!

  • lmacrodrig writes:

    Soooo neat! Crushing old eyeshadow as I type, thanks Kim!

  • Scarlet Sorum writes:

    That is the coolest thing that I have ever seen!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

  • Michelle Anna writes:

    When I saw your heading, I thought to myself – “This sounds too good to be true!” I’ll definitely be experimenting with this with my sister this wknd.

  • Jayne writes:

    It is a great idea, and the matte nail polish looks awesome, BUT the pigment from the eyeshadow stained my nails horribly!! Make sure you use a good base coat first.

    Also, if anyone has any tips on how to get my nails back to normal, I’d really appreciate it…..

  • Caroline writes:

    For stained nails, brush with whitening toothpaste! Works like a charm

  • Jenete writes:

    I’ve heard that lemon juice works. Hope this helps, Jayne!

  • Kristin writes:

    Cant wait to try this! Thanks for the great idea.

  • Abby writes:

    Use blush for a beautiful matte pink nail polish.

  • Jessica writes:

    Jayne, try a mix of baking soda, lemon juice, and hydrogen peroxide. It’s used as a base for teeth whitening and works well on nails also. Been there done that.

  • Monica writes:

    clear nail polish works as well

  • Melissa writes:

    What if I want black matte? You used black in the white polish and got grey. So how do I get black?

  • Kimberly writes:

    @melissa: try using clear polish instead of white. I’ve never tried it, but I could see it working!

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