Lincoln Park Before Dark Franken

I love OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, which I got in a lovely package from a friend recently. It’s a really dark purple that looks almost black. I love dark colors, but today I wanted to show you how easy it is to franken a new color!

I know there’s a few folks who are afraid to franken, but today’s photos should convince you how it how easy it is!

Here is a simple franken: 3 drops of white to 7 drops of Lincoln Park After Dark. It yields a true neutral purple, like Grimace at McDonalds or cartoon grapes:


Just to show you what a difference a few drops of white can make, here’s the franken with the original LPAD on the tips:


To mix a new color without ruining the originals, use a brush from an empty bottle of clear polish or an old paintbrush if need be. Drip the dark color onto a palette or a muffin tin (I prefer a silicone muffin tin because I can just turn it inside out after the polish in it dries and it pops right out- no cleaning!) Then drip a few drops of white into the dark, mix with your brush, and apply! A new shade without altering the originals.

And because I just can’t resist glitter:


I topped it all off with a coat of Sinful Colors Blue and Purple Glitter.


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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10 Responses to Lincoln Park Before Dark Franken

  1. Annabelle says:

    White and black are such easy ways to alter colors. I love to franken-layer if I don’t have time to mix. =]

  2. Jin says:

    Wow this dark purple franken looks so good. I have never tried creating my own franken before. Your post have definitely inspired me. I love LPAD too!

  3. Deez says:

    wow – this franken is a great color- a great combo w/the french & with the glitter looks amazing!

    it did remind me of grimace

  4. Deniz says:

    OMG O_o beautiful!!!

  5. Jodie says:

    Love the glitter! x

  6. Jen says:

    Both your franken and the glitter-layering are gorgeous. Way better than the original IMO.

  7. Lucy says:

    How pretty your nails look. It’s amazing what a few drop of white or black make. Looks gorgeous with the original color as a French manicure. Glitter makes everything look better.

  8. *jen says:

    Your purple franken is so lovely it’s nearly edible looking! And your nails -and polish job- look so perfect they almost look fake! AMAZING.

  9. nevertoomuchglitter says:

    Thanks everyone! This was easy and fun….repeat after me, Frankening is EASY and FUN! Seriously, give it a try- you have nothing to waste but a little bit of polish!

    Jen- these nails are overstock from my design show, not my own. I had a couple breaks and my nails were beat up from being exposed to nail polish remover as I was making stock for a show. As soon as they’re all the same length again, you’ll see the real ones out again! But there’s not much difference. Scroll back a couple months and you can see my real nudie nails. If you ever want to buy nails, check out my Etsy shop!

  10. Danielle says:

    Oh, I so want to give this franken a trial. Lovely shade! Your nails look beautiful and your polish jobs are always beautiful and neat. I love ❤ x

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