I'm new here and hope this is allowed, I'm in need of some advice because Google hasn't been very helpful. I'm a licensed nail technician but I'm more of a "behind-the-scenes" kind of person, meaning I would rather sell products than do services (taking medication that makes my hands shaky so kinda hard to do nails until this is resolved).
I'm a creative person and I like to make unique acrylic powders and gel polish using glitters, pigments, etc.. They're a hit at my current job and my coworkers buy them from me.. I would love to make a small business, probably online, selling these things, but I'm not entirely sure how this would work legally. Meaning, right now I mix all of these random pigments and glitters into clear acrylic powders and gels that are made by other large companies, so I don't have my own chemical formula for these clear acrylic and gel bases that I need in order to not get sued by the companies I'm using right now as a base product.
I would assume that I would have to partner with a company that would make my own unique formula of clear bases, but I imagine that would be quite expensive. Has anyone here ever been in a similar situation as mine where the big part of your product was raw materials that are seemingly already patented by other companies? I'm just wondering how much of a realistic thing this might be for me someday and how much money I would need to invest to make my own products, especially like consulting with a nail chemist (yes they do exist). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!