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How to Make Your Own DIY Nail Polish

Making your own DIY nail polish can be a fun and rewarding activity, allowing you to create unique and customized colors that are tailored to your personal preferences.


Creating your own one-of-a-kind and personalized nail polish colours through the do-it-yourself (DIY) method can be a fun and rewarding activity. You can create colours that are specific to your tastes and preferences. The following is a detailed and step-by-step instructional guide on how to make your own nail polish at home:

Materials you will need

  • Nail polish base: You can purchase a clear nail polish base from a beauty supply store or online.
  • Pigment powder: This is what will give your nail polish its colour. You can purchase pigment powder online or from a craft store.
  • Mixing balls: These small stainless steel balls help to blend the pigment powder and base together.
  • Empty nail polish bottles: You can purchase empty nail polish bottles online or recycle old ones.
  • Funnel: This will make it easier to pour the ingredients into the nail polish bottle.
  • Stirring tool: You can use a toothpick or a small spatula to mix the pigment powder and base together.

Steps to follow

Step 1: Choose your pigment powder

Select the pigment powder(s) you would like to use to create your custom nail polish colour. Make sure to choose cosmetic-grade pigment powders that are safe for use on your nails.

Step 2: Prep your work area

It’s important to work on a clean and flat surface, so clean your work area and lay down some newspaper or paper towels to protect your workspace from spills and stains.

Step 3: Add pigment powder to the clear nail polish base

Using a funnel, pour the clear nail polish base into an empty nail polish bottle. Then, add the pigment powder to the bottle using a measuring spoon or toothpick. The amount of pigment powder you add will determine the intensity of the colour. Start with a small amount of pigment powder and add more if needed. Remember, you can always add more pigment powder, but you can’t remove it once it’s been added.

Step 4: Mix the pigment powder and base together

Add a stainless steel mixing ball to the nail polish bottle, and then use a stirring tool to mix the pigment powder and base together. Shake the bottle vigorously for a few minutes until the pigment powder is fully blended with the base. You can test the colour by applying a small amount of nail polish to a piece of paper or your nail.

Step 5: Adjust the consistency

If the nail polish is too thick, add a few drops of nail polish thinner to the bottle and mix well. If the nail polish is too thin, add a small amount of clear nail polish base to thicken it.

Step 6: Label your nail polish

Once you are satisfied with the colour and consistency of your DIY nail polish, label the bottle with the name of the colour and the date you made it.

Step 7: Store your DIY nail polish

Store your DIY nail polish in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Shake the bottle before each use to ensure the pigment powder is evenly distributed throughout the base.


Making your own nail polish at home is a fun and straightforward process that enables you to create unique and personalized shades that are tailored to your preferences. You can easily make your own unique nail polish right in the convenience of your own home by assembling some simple components and applying some creative thought to the process.

You won’t have to wait long before you can admire your distinctive and captivating nail colours, which will ensure that you are the centre of attention wherever you go.

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