How to Make Unflattering Nail Paints Work

How to Make Unflattering Nail Paints Work

Hi IMBB beauties!

Today I’m sharing a little trick and a tutorial on how to use up nail paints that look too light/bright when used alone. Almost all of us have 1-2 shades in our stash that don’t really suit our skin tone- either they look too light or too bright making our hands look darker. Some shades I have like this in my collection are Lotus Herbals nail enamel ‘Pink Doll’, ‘Orange Alert’ and Maybelline colorama ‘Sexxy’.


The latter 2 shades I am still able to pull off but ‘Pink Doll’ looks just too light (read BAD) on my nails. Here is how you can make these shades work for you by doing a simple striped look and topping it off with transparent glittery nail paint(optional). This little experiment with orange and pinks turned out quite summery and colourful !


This is my first nail art ever so its not very complex and not very neat also in the sides so please overlook that 😛
Bare nail

bare nail

Step 1- Paint entire nail with the lightest shade. I have used Lotus herbals ‘Pink Doll’

all nail

Step 2- Paint about 2/3rd of the nail with the second shade from the top. I have used Lotus herbals ‘Orange Alert’


Step 3- Paint the top 1/3rd of the nail with the darkest shade. I have used Maybelline colorama ‘Sexxy’.


The advantage of layering nail paints as we move to the tip is that it will not chip easily because it will effectively have 3-4 coats of nail paint in that area!
This is how it looks right now. You can leave it till here or jazz it up a little more by adding a transparent glittery nail paint. I have used the transparent gold one from Colorbar.


3 colours

Finished look –


I’m quite pleased with the overall girly, summery look. It definitely looks much better than the individual shades on me. What do you do with the nail paint shades that don’t suit you?

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53 thoughts on “How to Make Unflattering Nail Paints Work

  1. OMG ankita… that orange nail paint is so super gorgeous.. i toh HAVE to get it. :worship: The nail art is very nice .. simple and something that i can also do. 😀

    really like dthe final look with golden shimmers. 🙂

    1. Thank u Rati 🙂 The orange nail paint looks very nice paired with Pink doll which looks very unflattering otherwise! You could also try orange with pink french tips! It looks very nice!

      1. ankita , I have a similar pink shade … forgetting the brand rite now. Let me get my hands on orange first :drool: and I’d try your tip! 🙂

        1. 😀 I was so apprehensive while picking up Pink doll..knew it wudn’t look good one me and still bought it :silly: This pink kind of shade will also look good paired with Avon Casablanca! You have it na..

          1. haan i have that .. okay now I really want to try.. 😀 Though I have cut my nails very short bt let’s see.. may be i can do vertical stripes.. loll!

            I also have the silver shimmer form colorbar. Golden looks equally gorgeous. 🙂

            1. 🙂 I tried vertical stripes on my thumb but these looked cuter 😀 You should totally try out the new Avon shades..they are really gorgeous..!

              1. ankita you know they have these matte nail paints in catalogue this time.. i have bene hunting matte nail paints for past 2 years and while talking to jomol she was flaunting her oriprem avon stuff as usual. 😛 I randomly checked and i saw matte nail paints.. :stars:

                I ordered 4 the same day :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: just waiting for them to arrive.. OMG.. 2 saal ka intezaar. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

                1. 2 saal ka intezaar khatam! you’ll love the shades Rati..get some neon ones also! i tried the electric green and it looks gorgeous!!! tried it at Avon office so haven’t purchased it yet but going to in next order! :yahoo:

  2. hey ankita, u know i also have pink doll and orange alert. lekin unki baari hi nahi aa rahi, there are so many other nail paints to finish first :silly: i only open 2-3 shades at a given time- rest keep collecting for future purposes :toothygrin:

    1. Natasha! Where have u vanished..barely see u around?
      I open then all at once 😛 Pink doll looks really bad on me worn alone but looks nice this way! Right now I’m loving the new Avon matte and neon shades!!

  3. hey nice nail art…..its so candy candy…. :worship:
    coloroma sexy is out of stock in shoppers stop / lifestyle here….. :waaa: :scream:

    1. Ya it does look like that 🙂 Maybelline always has this problem of one or the other thing out of stock! Don’t worry it’ll come in a few days !

  4. you know ankita i have ordered all colorful shades from avon and i hd no clue what to do with them as they r all bright neonish colors :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: now i know…u hv done such a great job…its cm out beautifully……. :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:

    1. They’ll look lovely this way..pair them with a darker shade. I’m wearing Electric Green on my nails today…my first green nail paint :)) quite liking it. Did you order any of the matte ones..Inky blue and Red Velvet are gorgeous!!

  5. Wow!!!i love this idea.. :waytogo: :waytogo: .thank u so much Ankita!! :heh: :heh: i like the orange colour,m gonna get 1 soon. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: .the 8th pic that shows all ur nails before the finishing paint reminds me of those ice candies that kwality walls sells!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :stars: :stars: :toothygrin:

    1. :victory2: You know before you guys pointed out, it didn’t strike me it looks co candy-ish. Not my style usually but I still wore it for 2 days and then changed to Avon matte ‘Red Velvet’! 😛 Glad you liked it!

  6. I am damn bad wit nail paints :tremble: :tremble: Cant even apply a transparent coat properly :sick: U r just awsum :thumbsup:

  7. Looks like some yummy candy. What do I do with nail paint that doesnt work for me? Gift them to my daughter! With strict instructions to not use them too often! Nice review Ankita.

  8. fab job ankita…….. :yahoo: :yahoo:
    me liked it………… :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
    thnkx for sharing… :thanks: :thanks:
    me copy cat 😀 😀

  9. I saw them live on Sunday 😉
    And told you that day itself….looks super gorgeous…m gonna try this too :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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