color blocking nails

Primary Colour Negative Space nails! It’s getting warm outside and I wanted to make a summer-inspired mani. ☀️ This colour scheme reminds me of a beach ball for some reason haha! ⛱ I used My Paprika’s Hotter Than Yours and The “It” Color by OPI and Garden Variety by Essie.

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There’s always this huge selection of colors for nail polish in the stores and never the exact color I want! When I do find the color, it’s 8-15 bucks… Uh, excuse me?? Well, now you can get the nail colors of your dreams for about five bucks or so with this DIY!! Make your own custom nail polish.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Clear nail polish 
    • the only clear ones I can find are the top coat kind, which worked fine for me! 
    • suggested to get multiple for multiple colors! (the lady did think it was weird I was buying only 4 top coat nail polishes though haha)
  • Eyeshadow - color of choice
  • Paper
  • Plastic Straw

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Invite a friend for company!! The more the merrier :)
  2. Decide what colors to use from your eyeshadow palet- here, you can mix colors to get different shades!
    1. Ex. I wanted a cute sea green, so I mixed dark greens and blues together.
  3. Use the straw to scoop up the chosen eyeshadow colors and tap it onto the paper - here, you’ll have to estimate a little on the amount. The more eyeshadow, the thicker your nail polish is going to be in texture. 
    1. Note: Since it’s the top coat polish, it’s thinner than regular nail polish. However, that does mean it drys faster!
  4. Refine the eyeshadow into a fine powder - stomp out all the clumps with the side of the straw!
  5. Pour the eyshadow into the nail polish bottle - best to fold the paper in half to form a creased path for the powder to travel down
  6. Shake the bottle until it becomes opaque - this is the fun part
    1. Don’t be afraid to add more eyshadow (repeating steps 2-6) to adjust the color!
  7. Paint your nails and watch the color magic of your work happen!
    1. Since it’s not regular nail polish, you may have to use several coats before you see the colors appear nicely.

To color block your nails with the different colors, you can use tape to paint one color at a time! Tape half your nail, paint it, wait for it to try, and paint the other half!

Ombre color block! The nail tape used here is from whatsupnails.com

I let the white base on my nails dry for at least 15min before applying the tape.
Then I add the other 3 colors and remove the tape asap, otherwise the polish dries, and will be a big mess. I used some tweezers for better grip on the tape.
I let the nail polish sit and dry for another 7-10min before applying top coat.

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GLITTERY GEOMETRICS - POTW - Deborah Lippmann - all about the base

  • Deborah Lippmann - all about the base
  • Revlon - urban
  • Aldo Nail Lacquer - lavender fields
  • RickyColor - rooftop margaritas
  • light blue, yellow and purple loose glitter

This is the third look using All about the base from Deborah Lippmann. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for previously featured polishes.