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Glow-in-the-dark nail polish you can make at home

This Halloween, give your nails a fun glow with this easy DIY glow-in-the-dark nail polish tutorial. It’s an easy way to turn any of your polishes into a glow-in-the-dark formula and takes only a few minutes to do!



  • 1 glow stick
  • Nail polish in clear or a color matching your glow stick
  • Scissors


Step 1: Get glowing

Step 1

Start by activating your glow stick by giving it a snap and a few shakes. Once your glow stick is glowing, it’s ready to use!

Step 2: Cut in half

Step 2

Carefully cut your glow stick in half with sharp scissors. Be careful not to spill any of the liquid out.

Step 3: Add the glow to your polish

Step 3

Squeeze the glowing contents of the glow stick into your nail polish. If you’re having trouble getting it all out, you can also cut the top end of the glow stick to allow the liquid to flow down more easily.

Step 4: Shake it up!

Step 4

Thoroughly mix your nail polish with the glowing solution by giving your nail polish bottle a quick shake. Make sure the glow is evenly distributed through the polish.

Step 5: Apply your new glow-in-the-dark polish

Step 5

Apply your newly mixed glow nail polish to your nails. If you are using a dark base like I am, you’ll probably need 3 to 4 coats to get a good glow. If you’re using a lighter color base like white or a neon color, 2 to 3 coats of polish should be enough. You should see a little bit of the glow in your nail polish almost immediately. Your nail polish may take a little longer to dry than usual, so try to apply it in thin layers.

Step 6: Get in the dark

Glowing nails finished

Once your nails are painted, test your glow out in a dark room! Your nails should maintain their glow for the next few hours!

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