Nail polish is one of those affordable little luxuries, which is why, more often than not, we're inclined to treat ourselves to every exciting new hue. But think about how many similar shades of nail polish you have. Did you ever realize that you could use the shades you have to custom blend whatever color or finish that your mood calls for?
"What people forget about nail polish is that its just paint," Nonie Creme, nail expert and founder of Colour Prevails cosmetics, told us at the Rachel Comey SS16 show during New York Fashion Week. "So you can mix it, change it, tweak it, blend it. It's really, really fun to get some clear bottles, empty them out and make your own. People get intimidated, like 'Oh, I could never!' It's $5 nail polish, guys. Just have a go."
Nail pros like Nonie (she was also previously the founding creative director of Butter London) often mix their own shades for events, or to create that elusive perfect shade. For the Rachel Comey show, she blended Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer in Frenemy ($8, Drugstore.com) with Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer in Wardrobe Staple ($8, Drugstore.com) to get just the right neutral.
At the O'2nd New York Fashion Week presentation, manicurist Rica Romain blended RCM Bikini Bod ($8, Red Carpet Manicure) with RCM Nervous With Anticipation ($8, Red Carpet Manicure) for a pretty peachy pink.
Try looking at a color wheel or color recipes online for #Inspo. Nonie likes to start with a favorite color, and then add in finishes like glitter or shimmer. This XOJane writer made a few interesting custom shades.
"If you're trying to add glitter to a color, you would think you start with the color and then add glitter in. it won't work," Nonie says. "It's one of these weird science things - you have to start with the glitter and add color in. Otherwise, the glitter will be completely colored-in paint and it'll look like sand."
The most important thing is to remember that other than the glitter trick, you really can't mess up. Get creative and have fun - you might just invent your squad's new fave nail color. #NailsOnFleek