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How To Make Your Own Indie Nail Polish

How To Make Your Own Indie Nail Polish

12.13.13

By James

Have you ever thought about creating your own line of nail polish? Tiffany of indie polish brand Comet Vomit walks you through to steps to making lacquer at home. 

  • Supplies needed:

    Sometimes being a polish maker feels a lot like being a mad scientist... there is a lot involved and it takes a while to figure out which tools and materials work best for you.

    SLIDE 1 OF 11
  • Step 1:

    Testing is one of the most important parts of making polish. Not all glitters, pigments, bases and colors work well together. I can't tell you how many times I've had "brilliant" ideas that didn't make it past the test stage.

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  • Step 2:

    Bottle Assembly! Each bottle needs little mixing balls that assist in shaking up the polish.

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  • Step 3:

    Each bottle gets two mixing balls, a brush, cap and label!

    SLIDE 4 OF 11
  • Step 4:

    To mix up a polish, I gather up the pigment(s) and glitter(s) that I plan to use and make a small paper funnel.

    SLIDE 5 OF 11
  • Step 5:

    Through my testing I determine the perfect amounts of pigment…

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  • Step 6:

    …and glitter to add to each bottle.

    SLIDE 7 OF 11
  • Step 7:

    Before I pour the liquid…

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  • Step 8:

    I have three different types of liquid base that I use. Suspension base for glitter nail polishes, a pigment only base for solid colors and a matte base for colors with a matte finish.

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  • Step 9:

    Shake shake shake shake!

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  • Step 10:

    Once I have my polish mixed thoroughly, I make sure to swatch every single bottle. I always want to make sure every bottle has the same consistency and formula! And there you go. Best of luck polish making!

    See Tiffany’s Comet Vomit shopetsy.com/shop/GemCityTiffany

    [Courtesy of Tiffany of Comet Vomit]

    SLIDE 11 OF 11
  • Supplies needed:

    Sometimes being a polish maker feels a lot like being a mad scientist... there is a lot involved and it takes a while to figure out which tools and materials work best for you.

  • Step 1:

    Testing is one of the most important parts of making polish. Not all glitters, pigments, bases and colors work well together. I can't tell you how many times I've had "brilliant" ideas that didn't make it past the test stage.

  • Step 2:

    Bottle Assembly! Each bottle needs little mixing balls that assist in shaking up the polish.

  • Step 3:

    Each bottle gets two mixing balls, a brush, cap and label!

  • Step 4:

    To mix up a polish, I gather up the pigment(s) and glitter(s) that I plan to use and make a small paper funnel.

  • Step 5:

    Through my testing I determine the perfect amounts of pigment…

  • Step 6:

    …and glitter to add to each bottle.

  • Step 7:

    Before I pour the liquid…

  • Step 8:

    I have three different types of liquid base that I use. Suspension base for glitter nail polishes, a pigment only base for solid colors and a matte base for colors with a matte finish.

  • Step 9:

    Shake shake shake shake!

  • Step 10:

    Once I have my polish mixed thoroughly, I make sure to swatch every single bottle. I always want to make sure every bottle has the same consistency and formula! And there you go. Best of luck polish making!

    See Tiffany’s Comet Vomit shopetsy.com/shop/GemCityTiffany

    [Courtesy of Tiffany of Comet Vomit]

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