DIY Nail Polish shade from Old Makeup

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Are you a make-up lover? I sure am. I frequently shop for new eye shadows and even blush-on to the point that I end up with quite a few just sitting around my drawer and makeup bag. There’s nothing wrong with shopping for a few makeup every once in a while except if they are not put to good use it turns out to be a waste of hard-earned money. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of make-up sales going all over shops and even online but the point is we still paid for it.

Since I am compulsive shopper, especially on “SALE” since it is very tempting and makes you feel like you are saving more… So I can’t simply discard my old makeup. I’ve decided to simply store it away but that is simply not enough for me. Up until I thought of making something else out of my old makeup. This time, my DIY share would be making your own shade of Nail Polish out of your old eye shadow or blush-on.

With this method I can create my own color and design and put my old makeup to good use again. I was able to create sparkly shade, pastel or candy colored shade, or even a mix swirls of colors. Since this would most likely be your first time, I am going to share a basic tutorial that is very easy to follow.

You Will Need:

  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Transparent Nail Polish
  • Old Eye Shadow or Blush-on
  • Brush
  • Nail File [or anything pointy]
  • Hair Pin
  • Container
  • Glitter [optional]

Products I Used

diy do it yourself nail polish matte

Old Eye-shadow Palette

diy do it yourself nail polish matte

Finished Look

diy do it yourself nail polish matte
diy do it yourself nail polish matte
diy do it yourself nail polish matte


1. First scrape off some of your eyeshadow and place it in a small container. I have used a Nail File to scratch and powderized any chunks of the makeup. You can mix different colors to create different shades.
2. Add some transparent nail polish in the powderized makeup.
3. Add a few drops [2-3] of the Nail Polish remover to soften up the mixture.
4. Mix it altogether using the hairpin

5. Add some glitters if preferred and apply like a regular nail polish.

Video Tutorial

Sample of other Shade

diy do it yourself nail polish matte

Combination of Green + Blue

diy do it yourself nail polish matte
diy do it yourself nail polish matte
diy do it yourself nail polish matte

This home made Nail Polish Shade dries up fast and creates a Matte like effect. Overall, it took me less than 10 minutes to finish up this polish including the application to my nails. Next time I will make another tutorial showing other styles and design. Hope you enjoyed this short DIY craft. Let me know what you think! xox.

My name is Angela Ricardo Bethea and I am the founder and editor behind ( and many other online publications ) ... I love the finer things in life, I'm quite a shop-a-holic and a certified jet-setter. So if I am not behind my laptop to blog, I'd probably be shopping if not traveling.


  1. paliiits

    March 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    another post about cosmetics that I’m goin to forward to my lil sisters πŸ˜€

  2. Jaymee Sajenes

    March 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    wow I did not know we can turn our old eye shadows into nail polish! That’s just so great.

  3. Yesha

    March 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Wow! Very nice πŸ™‚Β 
    Keep ’em comin hunn~
    I love all your D-I-Y ^ ^Β 

  4. Jenny Otoole

    March 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This is new to me. Thanks for sharing your brilliant idea.

  5. Djawa

    March 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    great tips angela., I will record it, so that later when I have a wife would give him tips πŸ˜€

  6. Algene

    March 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know this is possible. Great tips! πŸ™‚

  7. Angela Ricardo

    March 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Yes it is! thank you very much! <3

  8. Angela Ricardo

    March 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you very much! That would be nice. πŸ˜›

  9. Angela Ricardo

    March 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I’m sure not many are aware of this… πŸ™‚ You’re very welcome and thanks.

  10. Angela Ricardo

    March 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks love! Will do. xox

  11. Angela Ricardo

    March 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I’m sure not many have tried this DIY before which is why I am sharing it. πŸ™‚ Will post more DIY’s next time. πŸ˜€

  12. Yuuki

    March 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    that was a good trick! no need to buy different shades of nail polish and terno pa sa eyeshadow…

  13. Mhe-anne Ojeda

    March 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    this is interesting post – an eye-shadow make-up doubling as a nail polish!would be good to try. thanks for the tips!

  14. Gagay

    March 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    that’s pretty good idea..i really didn’t know this..but unfortunately, i don’t have much make-up set coz i don’t really wearΒ  one — i do, but rarely, just during special occasions..i’ll give this a try with my housemate..

  15. Ayzee

    March 3, 2012 at 2:15 am

    This is the most interesting DIY I’ve seen so far πŸ™‚ I didnt know old eye shadows can still be used. πŸ™‚

  16. Phyll

    March 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    lovie! I had no idea you could do this! i should tell my sister, since she loves coloring her nails! πŸ˜€ I’ll tell her to visit your site too! <3

  17. Claire

    March 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

    great tip! i was actually planning to polish my nails right after i graduate, but i was wondering whether i’ll be able to find the shade of color that i prefer. i didn’t know this could be done.. Big thanks for this sis! :3

  18. Clint Andrew

    March 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    For sure dame gagawa nito! Nice you one Ate!

  19. athena bellotindos

    March 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    cool idea there. i’d try this out soon =)

  20. Angela Ricardo

    March 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks! πŸ˜€ Let me know how it turned out.

  21. Angela Ricardo

    March 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    thank you love! πŸ˜€

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