Nail It! How long have you been making your own polish?
Megan: I started late 2013. It’s something I always wanted to do, and after lots of research, I started gathering basic supplies, mixing, testing, and swatching. Whenever I get spare time, I sit down and mix random ingredients to find something new.
What makes your line of lacquers unique?
I see a lot of brands just packing every polish full of the same chunky glitters but in different colors or just adding holo to each basic color. I want to create something different with beautiful shades. I want to do different mixes for each collection. It doesn’t mean I won’t do glitter polishes or holos, but I want more variety. I particularly enjoy making darker colors because I love wearing dark polish shades.
Do any of your polishes have a totally different look layered over a colored base?
I have a pure microglitter polish called Splash. You can wear it opaque in 2-3 coats or put it over another base color.
Swatches by Look What the Bats Dragged In
Is there a story behind your brand’s name?
I’m a big roller derby fan but admittedly too scared to join my local team! I always joked with friends that my tough-girl roller derby name would be Bettie Pain because I’m a big Bettie Page fan (pinup model) I thought it sounded girl-next-door but still edgy and I feel this matches my own personality.
What’s the inspiration behind your lacquer colors?
The collections I have released so far have had themes behind them. I love darker, lush colors, so my first collection was called the Dark Forest collection, inspired by different elements found in forests.
What is your best seller right now?
Fruit of The Dragon has always been my best seller. I’ll admit, it’s one of my personal favorites too. It’s an amazing magenta with subtle flakies and tiny black glitters. As soon as I perfected the formula, I thought it looked exactly like a dragon fruit, which brought on the name.
Other than your own, what’s your favorite brand of polish to use?
I absolutely love indie brand Black Cat Lacquer, but it’s difficult and expensive to get in Australia. Other than that, I love China Glaze, Zoya, Color Club and Australian brand Ulta3. I’ve recently cleared my polish collection of brands that are connected to animal testing, so it’s cruelty free or nothing for me! I own an Instagram page called @sayyestocrueltyfree, where I have done research on cosmetic/beauty brands and exposed their animal testing policies, good or bad. My aim is to bring more awareness about the barbaric act that is animal testing and promote cruelty free options. Luckily, there are more brands that are cruelty free than not!
Images: Megan Denman