How to Thin Out Nail Polish

July 18, 2013 | By | Comments (10)

pink nail polish

When your favorite nail polish starts to get thick and clumpy, don’t toss the bottle. Prolong the color’s shelf life by adding a few drops of clear polish. A bit of nail polish remover will also work, but the clear polish will thin the formula without separating it, thus creating a smoother, less streaky result.

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  1. Ultimate Skincare & Beaute Report
    July 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm
  2. Eva

    Nail polish companies that sell nail polish thinners give you just a little bottle of it for a big price. Instead, go to your hardware store and buy a small tin (500 ml or 2 cups) of lacquer thinner in the paint dept. for about 5 bucks. Take the cap off and dip a narrow straw in the tin, then cover the top of the straw with your thumb to hold the fluid to drop into a smaller glass bottle for storage and easier use. Use same method with straw to drop thinner into nail polish bottles. Avoid contact with skin.

    September 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  3. RIta

    This worked perfectly for me and I didn’t have to leave my house or purchase anything. Thank you!!!!

    February 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm
  4. Anna B

    Eva you are awesome. That’s brilliant since the clear nail polish trick didn’t work well for me. It made my already sheer pink almost invisible once I added enough to make it workable.

    May 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm
  5. Katy

    Eva, you saved every old nail polish I own!

    June 17, 2014 at 1:44 am
  6. Virginia

    Wouldn’t the lacquer thinner be harmful?

    June 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm
  7. Grcae

    I believe lacquer thinner would dry out your nails.

    July 6, 2014 at 11:05 am
  8. Melody

    I was very skeptical when I read using clear nail polish as a thinner. I am a believer! It worked perfectly. Thank you very much.

    August 2, 2014 at 9:01 am
  9. Nikki

    Thank you so much I had forgotten that “trick” and just wanted to say thank you for putting it on a public site where people can view it.✨💫

    December 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm
  10. Jess

    I never tried it. I hope it works!!😊😊😊

    December 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

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