That was my first thought when I first saw the term a couple of months ago. Coming from Dr. Frankenstein, it means to create a new nail polish out of other polishes. Like layering one color on top of another, adding glitter to a color, or mixing colors together. It can also mean making your own nail polish from base ingredients, like ‘Girly Bits‘ or ‘Dollish Polish‘.
What an exciting concept! I love the idea of making my own polish. In fact, I already have my first collection in mind. I would love to see it come to fruition. But first, I need to learn all about this franken stuff. No need to reinvent the wheel, as they say. So, I’ve designated Fridays as Franken Fridays. This is where I share with you my adventures in frankening.
For my first franken experiment, I decided to mix some colors together to see what I could come up with. In my mind’s eye, I wanted to get a soft orange color, like the color of a creamsicle. I’m happy to say that I believe I succeeded.
I combined a yellow creme with a pink shimmer and a touch of a ruby iridescent. In a small glass bowl, I put equal amounts of Sephora by OPI IM Beauty and Essie Pink-A-Boo. After mixing them together, I put a drop of OPI Peru-B-Ruby. This made it too dark, so I added some more yellow. After getting the desired color, at least in the bowl, I put it on my nails, cannibalizing a brush from a clear polish. It took three coats for opacity. You can see the shimmer from Pink-A-Boo.
I learned several things about this. First, I need polish thinner to clean brushes. I tried using polish remover, but it didn’t work so great. Next time I tried to use the brush, it seemed like it had become floppy, like the bristles had broken down. Second, combining a creme and shimmer makes a thick ropy formula, at least in this instance. Third, be careful about adding dark colors. When I added the ruby, it came dangerously close to brown. If I was to do this over, I wouldn’t add the ruby at all.
This was a fun experiment and I definitely want to try more. Have you mixed colors together? Did it turn out the way you wanted?