DIY: How to Make Nail Polish with Eyeshadows & Pigments

Hey, Makeup Geeks! Have you ever wanted to create your own unique nail polish color before?  If so, this tutorial is just for you.

Products Needed:

  1. A pigment or eyeshadow of your choice.
  2. Clear nail polish.
  3. A container to put your nail polish in.
  4. A mixing brush (We used a Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Smudge Brush.)
  5. A plastic sandwich bag.

Products We Used:


Colors pictured above: Ben Nye Amethyst (left) and MAC Copper (right)

We suggest using MAC over the Ben Nye. Although Ben Nye’s pigments were beautiful, the pigment clumped together and didn’t go on very smooth. On the other hand, MAC mixed very well and went on effortlessly.


Colors pictured above: Makeup Geek Poolside (left) and NYX Sensual (right)

We suggest using Makeup Geek shadows. NYX has beautiful colors, but we were disappointed by how matte the color was even when covered with two coats of clear nail polish. Makeup Geek eyeshadows had a matte finish when first applied, but livened right up once clear polish was placed over top.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Choose your fave pigment or eyeshadow. We chose Makeup Geek’s Razzleberry.

Step 2: If you are using eyeshadow, put it in a bag to crush it up.

Step 3: Start breaking up the eyeshadow. We used the back of our smudge brush to break Razzleberry. You can use almost anything, but be careful not to puncture the bag while crushing your shadow up.

Step 4: You want your shadow in pigment form. If you have chunks in your shadow it can make the nail polish chunky as well.

Step 5: Once you have crushed up your eye shadow, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag.

Step 6: Pour your newly crushed pigment into the container of your choice. We used an empty pigment jar.

Step 7: Time to break out the clear nail polish! Any clear polish will do. We used L’oreal 210 clear nail polish.

Step 8: Pour the clear nail polish into your jar. You do not need a precise amount of clear polish. We kept pouring until there was about as much polish as their was pigment. The more polish the better, and smoother it’ll go on.

Step 9: Mix together the pigment and the polish. You can add more polish or pigment if needed.

Step 10: Voila! You have just created your very own unique nail polish!

Tip: When you first apply your DIY nail polish, it will have a matte finish (shown on middle and pinky finger). You can add shine by adding a quick coat of clear nail polish (shown on pointer and ring finger) over top.


FYI : Your new nail polish dries FAST! Make sure to use it quickly when applying.  If it starts drying while you are painting your nails, add a little bit of clear polish to it, and it should be as good as new!

Happy painting!

Rating: 5.0. From 2 votes.
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Posted in Makeup Basics, Nail Tutorials on (last modified: October 19, 2016)