Thursday, 24 May 2018

Nail Polish Basics. Get Your Nails Noticed!

nail polish

Don’t you love how your hands and nails look after you get a manicure? You can get the same results for far less money when you give yourself the salon treatment at home. The nail polish in this chapter will make your nails and your hands look and feel fantastic!

Nail polish basics

Most commercial nail polishes contain three toxic ingredients—the “toxic trio”—toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. When you make your own nail polishes, you can avoid these harmful chemicals.

TKB Trading (tkbtrading.com) sells everything you need to make your own nail polishes. Their “Frankenpolish” polish bases—the actual gel-like polish you brush on your nails—are so easy to use. You can opt for the Glamour Base, the Luster Base, or the Matte Base—or get the kit that includes all three!

To make it even easier, you don’t have to use micas and oxides to create pretty nail polish. You can use the Jellie color bases TKB sells. You can use these red, blue, yellow, brown-black, and white matte base colors to blend new polishes in your favorite colors.

TKB also sells nail art brushes to help you create beautiful designs on your nails. And even better, TKB’s polish bases don’t contain the “toxic trio” chemicals commercial polishes include.

bright nail polish

Before you ask, no, I don’t have any interest in TKB Trading, and I don’t receive any compensation for using or promoting their products. I’m simply a customer and a huge fan—just like you’ll soon become. In all the years I’ve bought products from TKB, I’ve never been unhappy with the products I’ve received. TKB is my preferred choice and the only vendor for the micas and oxides I use throughout this book.

If you want your polish to be opaque, you’ll need to add one or two colored bases. For transparent polish, you can use just a mica in a base. The Luster Base is made to suspend micas and pigments while the Glamour Base is made to suspend glitter. Get a larger bottle of the Luster Base because you’ll use that the most. At 5 milliliters, the nail polish bottles at TKB are smaller than the commercial nail polish bottles you’ll find in stores, which are 15 milliliters. I like the smaller size better because you don’t have to use as much of your ingredients per color, which means you can get creative and make lots more colors!

bright nails

When you order the nail polish bases, you can also order dropper caps. These make measuring a drop of a color base simple. Making your own polishes can be messy, so be sure to have lots of nail polish remover and paper towels close by!

Making nail polishes using color bases

To make opaque polishes using TKB’s color bases, all you have to do is use a little of this base and a little of that base, stir, and you’re ready to go. It’s that easy! You’ll need to use the color bases—red, blue, yellow, brown, black, and white—and one of the clear bases—Glamour, Luster, or Matte for these polishes.

What you need …

Using the color base polishes from TKB to create your own custom nail polish colors is about as easy as it gets!

  • Nail polish bottles with in-lid brushes
  • Stainless-steel mixer balls
  • Syringes without needle
  • TKB Glamour Base, Matte Base, or Luster Base
  • TKB color bases—red, blue, yellow, brown, black, and white
  • Dropper lids for the colored bases
  • Shaker lid
  • Tiny funnels
  • Stirring sticks
  • Set of 5 TKB stainless-steel measuring spoons (Tad, Dash, Pinch, Smidgen, Drop)
  • Waxed paper
  • Paper towels Nail polish remover

Base recipe: petal pink nail polish

This is a soft pink, perfect for a summer day or for teens and almost teens. For a little extra flash, add a cosmetic glitter. Leave a little headroom in the bottle for the brush; don’t fill it past the neck or it’ll ooze out when you try to put on the lid. Makes 5 milliliters.

  • 2.5ml TKB Glamour Base, Matte Base, or Luster Base
  • 2ml TKB white color base
  • 0.5ml TKB red color base

1. Cover your workspace with waxed paper. Set your nail polish bottle on the paper, and drop 1 stainless-steel mixer ball into your new polish bottle.

step 1

2. Use a syringe to draw the Glamour, Matte, or Luster Base from its bottle, and push the base into your new polish bottle.

step 2

3. Squeeze each of the color bases into your new polish bottle.

step 3

4. Using a stir stick, stir the polish. It will take some time to get the bases all mixed together. Place the shaker lid on tight, and shake the bottle for a while, too.

step 4

5. When the color is mixed, place the brush in the bottle, add the lid, and screw it on tight.

step 5

Rose pink nail polish recipe

This is a beautiful rose pink that works well for day wear any time of the year. Suitable for any age. Prepare as directed in the Petal Pink Nail Polish recipe. Makes 5 milliliters.

Rose pink nail polish
  • 2ml TKB Glamour Base, Matte Base, or Luster Base
  • 1.5ml TKB white color base
  • 1ml TKB red color base
  • 0.5ml TKB yellow base

Coral nail polish recipe

This nice summer coral color is suitable for day or night wear any time of the year. Prepare as directed in the Petal Pink Nail Polish recipe. Makes 5 milliliters.

Coral nail polish
  • 2.5ml TKB Glamour Base, Matte Base, or Luster Base
  • 1ml TKB white color base
  • 1ml TKB yellow color base
  • 1ml TKB red color base

Deep red nail polish recipe

I love red polish, and this is a true red that will get noticed! Prepare as directed in the Petal Pink Nail Polish recipe. Makes 5 milliliters.

Deep red nail polish
  • 3ml TKB Glamour Base, Matte Base, or Luster Base
  • 1.5ml TKB red color base
  • 1 drop TKB black color base

Soft red nail polish recipe

This is what I would call a summer red. It’s not as intense as the deep red. Prepare as directed in the Petal Pink Nail Polish recipe. Makes 5 milliliters.

Soft red nail polish
  • 3ml TKB Glamour Base, Matte Base, or Luster Base
  • 1ml TKB white color base
  • 1ml TKB red base

Burnt orange nail polish recipe

This burnt orange nail polish just says fall is in the air. Prepare as directed in the Petal Pink Nail Polish recipe. Makes 5 milliliters.

orange nail polish
  • 2ml TKB Glamour Base, Matte Base, or Luster Base
  • 2ml TKB yellow color base
  • 0.5ml TKB red color base
  • 0.25ml TKB brown color base

Nail polish basics bonus. Making cuticle balm and oil

With all the focus on your nails, your cuticles can sometimes be left out. Not anymore! The recipes in this section care for your cuticles. If your hands are in water a lot or you have naturally dry skin, use cuticle balm or oil to help keep your cuticles well moisturized. I like to apply the cuticle balm to my cuticles, and while I rub it into my cuticles, I also rub some into my nails. A good habit to start is to gently push back your cuticles with the pads of your fingers every time you apply lotion to your hands. Having healthy cuticles helps keep healthy nails.

  • What you need …
  • Scale
  • Small saucepan or microwaveable bowl
  • Stove or microwave
  • 0.15-ounce (4.3-gram) lip balm tubes or 1⁄3-ounce (9.5-gram) or 1⁄4-ounce (71-gram) roller-ball bottles

Cuticle balm

This balm, conveniently packaged in an easy, grab-and-go tube, is ready to use whenever your cuticles and nails are dry and need a little help. Makes enough balm to fill 3 or 4 lip balm tubes.

cuticle balm
  • 0.03 oz. (0.8g) soy, Joy, or candelilla wax
  • 0.02 oz. (0.6g) olive oil or your choice oil
  • 0.01 oz. (0.3g) lanolin

Preservative (manufacturer’s recommendation)

  1. Set a small microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan on the scale and push the tare button to zero out the weight. Weigh the wax, oils, and lanolin one at a time and add to the container.
  2. Melt the wax on the stove over low heat or in the microwave on low power in short spurts, stirring occasionally, until it’s completely melted.
  3. Add the preservative, and stir well.
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes, and let stand until cooled and hardened. Put on the lid, and it’s ready to use.
beautiful nails

Your cuticles shouldn’t be dry and growing out over the top of your nails. It’s best not to cut your cuticles. Once you start cutting them, it’s hard to get them to grow smooth again. Only use cuticle clipper to clip snagged or torn cuticle bits. Instead, use a liquid or gel cuticle remover, and with a wooden cuticle stick, gently push back your cuticles.

Cuticle oil

This is a very soothing oil. You have to have something to thicken the oil so it doesn’t leak out through the roller ball. In this recipe, the shea butter adds just enough thickness to keep the oil in the bottle. Makes 1 ounce (28.4 grams), or enough to fill 3 or 4 roller-ball bottles.

cuticle oil
  • 0.2 oz. (5.7g) shea butter
  • 0.3 oz. (8.5g) argan oil
  • 0.3 oz. (8.5g) avocado oil
  • 0.2 oz. (5.7g) almond oil
  1. Set a small microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan on the scale and push the tare button to zero out the weight. Weigh the butter and oils one at a time and add to the container.
  2. Melt the butter on the stove over low heat or in the microwave on low power in short spurts, stirring occasionally, until it’s completely melted.
  3. Pour into bottles while the mixture is still warm. Let completely cool before assembling the roller balls and putting on the lids.
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