How to Organize Your Nail Polish Colors Using Swatches

An easy, digital way to keep your nail polish swatches organized and handy.

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How to Organize Your Nail Polish Colors Using Swatches
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You will need a copy of Evernote on your smartphone or other note-taking app. You'll also need nail wheels. Amazon has them for $2.50 for 10. 5 clear & 5 opaque.  Buy: http://tinyurl.com/Nail-wheel

You will need a copy of Evernote on your smartphone or other note-taking app. You'll also need nail wheels. Amazon has them for $2.50 for 10. 5 clear & 5 opaque. Buy: tinyurl.com/Nail-wheel

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The wheels work well for various reasons: you can easily practice designs, they are reusable and you can use them as originally intended, to swatch colors before committing.

The wheels work well for various reasons: you can easily practice designs, they are reusable and you can use them as originally intended, to swatch colors before committing.

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To get started, gather all the nail polishes you wish to swatch. Divide these by either color or brand. I swatched by color.

To get started, gather all the nail polishes you wish to swatch. Divide these by either color or brand. I swatched by color.

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I started with my corals and worked in order of ROYGBV. If you have a lot of 1 color, you may want to dedicate a wheel to just that color.  I saved my true reds and pinks for another wheel.

I started with my corals and worked in order of ROYGBV. If you have a lot of 1 color, you may want to dedicate a wheel to just that color. I saved my true reds and pinks for another wheel.

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My blues continued onto my second wheel and then came the purples. I tend to buy a lot of these colors, so I left some swatches empty. You can see I used them for practice for the time being.

My blues continued onto my second wheel and then came the purples. I tend to buy a lot of these colors, so I left some swatches empty. You can see I used them for practice for the time being.

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Again,  I filled up the wheel with one color and left some remaining swatches for future purchases.

Again, I filled up the wheel with one color and left some remaining swatches for future purchases.

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I chose the clear wheel for my glitter base polishes and lighter colors, so I could lay them over other colors and see their effect.

I chose the clear wheel for my glitter base polishes and lighter colors, so I could lay them over other colors and see their effect.

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My neutrals and blacks were my last wheel.

My neutrals and blacks were my last wheel.

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Every wheel, except the glitters, has two coats and a clear top coat. This is typically how many I need on my own nails. The glitters got as many coats needed to make them as close to opaque.

Every wheel, except the glitters, has two coats and a clear top coat. This is typically how many I need on my own nails. The glitters got as many coats needed to make them as close to opaque.

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I started by numbering the backs 1-20. I then started swatching. I found you could swatch about 3-4 at a time without getting polish every where.

I started by numbering the backs 1-20. I then started swatching. I found you could swatch about 3-4 at a time without getting polish every where.

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In Evernote, I wrote down each color along with the brand.

In Evernote, I wrote down each color along with the brand.

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When finished with my first wheel, I labeled it A and added a picture to the Evernote post.

When finished with my first wheel, I labeled it A and added a picture to the Evernote post.

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This wheel is done, so using YouDoodle app, I added numbers on a photo to include in my Evernote.

This wheel is done, so using YouDoodle app, I added numbers on a photo to include in my Evernote.

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Now I can easily identify the colors  when shopping for new nail polishes.

Now I can easily identify the colors when shopping for new nail polishes.

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I recently got three new polishes as a gift, so I'll add those onto a wheel and into Evernote.

I recently got three new polishes as a gift, so I'll add those onto a wheel and into Evernote.

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Two of them have a more purple base, so I'll add them to my B wheel in spots 13 & 14.

Two of them have a more purple base, so I'll add them to my B wheel in spots 13 & 14.

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Applying 2 coats Essie Play Date.

Applying 2 coats Essie Play Date.

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Applying 2 coats Essie Jamaican Me Crazy.

Applying 2 coats Essie Jamaican Me Crazy.

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Finish with clear coat.

Finish with clear coat.

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While they are drying, I added the color names to my Evernote notebook.

While they are drying, I added the color names to my Evernote notebook.

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I still have 6 swatches left on this wheel.

I still have 6 swatches left on this wheel.

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My last color will need to start a new wheel. Wheel F.

My last color will need to start a new wheel. Wheel F.

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Starting new wheel!

Starting new wheel!

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Add to Evernote Post.

Add to Evernote Post.

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Keep adding to your post and wheels as your collection grows.

Keep adding to your post and wheels as your collection grows.

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