Monday, March 8, 2010

Well, It Sounded Like A Good Idea!

And it may still be a good idea. I haven't given up on the concept yet, but it definitely needs a little refining. Have you ever used eye shadow as nail polish? I've mixed it with clear before, but this time I did something a little different. The main problem with this was that I didn't get the coverage entirely even, especially around my middle finger's cuticle, so it looks like it needs serious clean-up. However, the area I'm talking about is so close to the cuticle, that if I cleaned it, I'd take too large of a color section off of the nail bed instead of the cuticle. Read on beneath the picture if you're interested in my experiment!

I was using the blush in my Urban Decay Side Show palette today and there are a couple of eye shadows in there that I never use because of the glitter fallout. One of them is Crash, shown above. I have a product from Dior that is quite old called Voile De Nacre. The premise is that you paint your nails with the clear polish in the set, then apply the finely milled colored powder that comes with it, over the tacky clear polish with a brush. I was never all that impressed with that, but again, it sounded like I good idea when I bought it many years ago! I decided to try something similar with Crash, first painting my nails with a clear base coat and letting them set up just a bit. I them took an eye shadow brush that I don't use often, applied a fair amount of Crash to it, and simply painted in over the nail in one stroke. After rinsing the powder residue from my hands, I applied a coat of Out the Door fast drying top coat. In hindsight, I still think it's an interesting idea that lends itself to endless possibilities. The next time though, I'll try using a makeup wedge sponge and see if I can get a little more even coverage, particularly around the edge of the nail. It seems to me that I'd be able to press the color onto the nail that way, rather than brush it. I'll load up the sponge with color and then press and roll it from side to side, hopefully covering the entire nail.

What do you think? Have you ever done something like this? What I like about this method is that it actually wastes very little eye shadow and doesn't destroy it in the process. If I like the way it looks using this method, then I'd likely go ahead and create an actual polish with it. I just hate when I destroy a shadow in hopes of getting a decent Franken and it doesn't turn out right.

12 comments:

  1. A little easier way to do it and get more even color payoff is to take a cupcake tin (either silicone or the aluminum disposeable ones) and mix it in there with about 20-30 drops of clear polish. Not quick dry, obviously. Then take a brush from a clear bottle and use it to apply the mixed polish. Clean the brush with acetone when you are done and voila! And if you really dont like it, its no biggie because you only used a little bit. And then the nail polish either peels off the silicone liner to be used again for future frankening or if you used an aluminum one, just toss it away!

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  2. I've tried mixing my own polish with some mineral makeup, but I failed at it :P This doesn't look bad to me, I think you did a good job.

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  3. I agree with Bella. Instead of using something disposable, you can get an artist paint tray. Not one of those massive trays you see in Home Depot, but the small white/clear plastic ones you can get in craft shops with the little indented circles to put your different colours on paint in. That way you can wash it clean after with some nail polish remover for re-use. If you really like your creation, you can try using an empty nail polish jar, clear polish and your selected eye pigment in the same ratio that you practised with. Shake and viola! Franken.

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  4. Great idea!! Really thinking outside of the box - and I love the creativity! The color is really awesome too - I would so buy that as a polish. Very creative, very cool. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea Mary!

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  5. I did this with some Illamasqua pigment over a black polish. It worked better in my head than in practice though but I'd definitely try it again. I love the effect you got :)

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  6. I think it's an good concept. I wonder if loose shaow would be easier? Might have to try it.

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  7. I know Dr. Frankenpolish (http://drfrankenpolish.wordpress.com) very frequently mixes pigments into her creations. Not sure if that answers your question, but she's had lots of success.

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  8. I've never even thought of mixing eyeshadow into nail polish this way, I'd love to see how it looks using a sponge :)

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  9. I know "Never too much glitter" (http://nevertoomuchglitter.wordpress.com) mixes polish and eyeshadow a lot, check out her site!

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  10. That's a fascinating way to use eyeshadow without breaking up the shadow. I know that I've read on other blogs to use a shadow brush and brush shadow into the silcone muffin tins like others mentioned. I would love to see a manicure made with shadow applied with a sponge. Sounds very interesting. I think your manicure is very pretty. I really like this.

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  11. All~I have used pigments in clear and also mixed them in little open containers so as not to have to make an entire bottle without knowing how it looks. I'm not really sure what I was going for here, the thought just popped into my head! I haven't given up on it though :)

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