Franken Friday: Creamsicle

Franken?  Wha????

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.

Left to right: Sephora by OPI IM Beauty, Essie Pink-A-Boo, OPI Peru-B-Ruby

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.

Creamsicle (Franken)

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?

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