I noticed that there is not much information on how to get started making your own nail polish. On the surface it may seem simple, just throw some mica powder and glitter into a nail polish bottle, add your suspension base and you are away. However great polishes can be created when care is taken in selecting pigments and glitters which compliment each other.
Indies polish has taken off in the United States so much so that commercial nail polish manufacturers are playing catch up with independent small scale polish makers. Indie polishers take the time, care and attention to detail to create bespoke nail polishes that their customers crave and cannot buy on the high street. At this time, UK indie nail polish brands are in their infancy but in the last year there has been an explosion of independent entrepreneurs who mainly work from home and have made their mark on the UK indie polish universe. Many of these have their origins in the frankenpolish and nail art world, at a time when nail polish suspension base was generally difficult to get hold of. Aspiring UK polish makers had to make do by mixing glitters and mica powders with shop bought regular clear polish which did not suspend the pigments or glitter but it was better than nothing.
Those days have thankfully gone. Now we are able to create eye-catching and unique nail polishes.
Hopefully this will be one of many nail polish tutorials and recipes that can get you on the way to nail polish nirvana!!
OK Here is what you will need…..
Jade Green Mica
Sapphire holographic glitter 015
Sapphire holographic glitter 040
Penny Copper glitter 008
Laser Blue glitter 008
1 x 10ml empty nail polish bottle
1 x Mega stainless steel ball
1 x 0.05ml measuring spoon
1 solvent resistant funnel
Nail polish thinner mix (optional)
Feel free to change the glitters and mica powders to any of your choosing. But stick to the measurements outlined.. at least until you are comfortable with making your own polish.
It can get messy so it’s a good idea to do this on plastic, a silicone sheet or paper which you will throw away later or clean. Also working with nail polish suspension base is pretty straight forward but it can get a bit smelly … so open a window or wear a mask.
1. Fill the nail polish bottle with about 9-10mls of suspension base.
2. Using the 0.05ml measuring spoon and funnel add…..
5 scoops of Jade Green mica
1 scoop of Penny Copper glitter
1 scoop of Sapphire holographic glitter
3 scoops of Sapphire holographic glitter
1 scoop of Laser Blue glitter.
Pop in the steel ball and add some thinner if required. It’s a good idea to mix a little suspension base and nail polish thinner beforehand to make sure that your nail polish has the right/desired consistency. If the polish is too thin the glitters will not disperse and suspend correctly. If it is too thick the Indie nail polish will not spread evenly on the nail and it might be tricky to get enough glitter particles on and off the brush.
Put the lid on your nail polish bottle and shake until all the mica, glitter and suspension base have mixed. Test your new polish on your nails. If is it is a little thick then add a drop of thinner. If the consistency is a bit thin add some suspension base.
This is the polish straight out of the bottle. If you wanted it would be a good idea to add more topcoat layers to get a really glassy professional finish. Using mica powder as your colourants gives a metallic shimmery look to your polish. Some people prefer a more matte finish. This can be achieved by substituting mica powder for normal oxide pigments or you can use pre-coloured nail polish.
It’s best to experiment to get the look you want!!