How To: Create Your Own Nail Polish Using Eyeshadow or Pigment

Have you ever wanted to create your own nail polish color before?  If so, this tutorial should be right up your alley…

What you’ll need:

  1. A pigment or eyeshadow of your choice.
  2. Clear nail polish.
  3. A container to put your nail polish in.
  4. A separate brush so you don’t alter the clear nail polish. ( We used a Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Smudge Brush.)
  5. A plastic sandwich Bag.

Recommended Product That We Tried Out:

MAC Pigments

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

Our Suggestion is to use MAC (see our selection of MAC Pigment samples). We tested Ben Nye’s pigments as well — colors were wonderful, when mixed with the clear nail polish it clumped together and didn’t go on as smoothly. When MAC was mixed with the clear nail polish, it mixed well and went on smoothly.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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

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Our suggestion is to use 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 eyehadows were matte when first put on, but livened right up once clear polish was placed on it. Makeup Geek shadows mixed well with the clear polish, while NYX did too, it was still a bit clumpy when going on.

Extra: If you are crushing eyeshadows, instead of using pigments, you might want to use a pair of disposable gloves. Crushing the shadows can get a bit messy.

How To:

Step 1:

Choose a pigment or an eyeshadow of your choice. (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 the eyshadow up. We used the back of our smudge brush to break it. 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, the more broken up the better. If you have chunks in your shadow it can make the nail polish chunky as well.


Step 5: 

Once you have crushed up your shadow, cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag.


Step 6: 

Pour the pigment from the bottom of your bag into the container of your choice. We used an empty pigment jar.


Step 7:

Time to break out the clear nail polish! You do not need to purchase a special name brand kind. Dollar store nail polish will work just as good. We used L’oreal 210 clear nail polish.


Step 8:

Take and pour your clear nail polish into your pigment. 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:

Start stirring up your pigment and your polish. You can add more polish or pigment if needed.


Step 10:

Congratulations!! You have just created your very own nail polish color!


Step 11:

Start painting your nails!

Step 12:

When you first apply the nail polish it will come out a matte color (as shown on middle and pinky finger). You can take your clear nail polish to give them a nice shine (as shown on pointer and ring finger).

Important side note: Your nail polish you have created dries FAST! Make sure that you use it quickly or put it in a container to keep it from drying out. If it does start drying while you are painting your nails, add a little bit of clear polish to it, and it should be as good as new!

Volia! You now have your very own,custom fun nails! Enjoy! :)

Posted in Makeup Basics, Nail Tutorials on (last modified: February 24, 2016)