These Nail Polish Videos Are So Soothing
Almost every night, I go down an ASMR Instagram rabbit hole. Before I start watching nail polish videos, I put on my pajamas (usually just an old shirt from middle school with a rip in the right armhole), burrito myself in my duvet cover, and pull up the Instagram Explore page on my phone. An hour later, I’ve probably watched at least three dozen 30-second clips of people icing cakes, mixing together acrylic paints, and applying liquid lipstick. (I feel relaxed just thinking about them.) The precision of each technique is so satisfying. But perhaps my new favorite category on the ever-growing list of videos that soothe my soul: nail polish being mixed together before bottling.
On accounts like @ArtMixing and @polishmeroyalty, you can watch glitter and pigments swirl together in a mesmerizing motion. My favorites are the videos of holographic mermaid-like polishes being made. Glitter that reflects a rainbow-like finish is mixed together with a popsicle stick, and I can just watch the stick moving around in the shimmery mixture for hours. It’s like a visual cup of chamomile tea.
Allure previously covered the phenomenon of ASMR and makeup tutorials, but I’ll give you a quick recap. ASMR is a medical term for a relaxed mental state. It’s often paired with positive feelings and tingling sensations on the scalp and spine, like when someone touches your hair. People can experience this when watching videos, so I know this blissed-out feeling is very real and that I am hardly alone. “ASMR experience could be a pleasurable seizure (not an actual orgasm, if you were wondering) or just another way of activating the brain’s pleasure response,” we reported. Tons of people especially like watching Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube tutorials, but me? All I need lately is the soothing swirl of nail polish videos to feel tingly and relaxed.
Now watch one of Allure‘s supersoothing nail polish videos of the art variety: