My inspiration for this manicure came from a natural crystal called Watermelon Tourmaline. It is fuchsia accented with green. I was thinking of the stone set in silver as I put this look together.
I am wearing Nubar Twilight Matte as the base. The gradient was accomplished with both Petunia and Meadow Sparkle. There is a layer of 2010 between the two glitter polishes. The sun was coy today, so the pictures show a variety of natural lighting. You may want to click on the photos to enlarge. The glitter and flakies are mesmerizing!
Petunia Sparkle, 2010, Meadow Sparkle.
Twilight Matte felt very much like applying a standard shimmer formula rather than working with a matte finish. This polish was very easy to apply. If you have had trouble in the past working with matte polishes from other brands, I feel confident the Night Sky Collection will alter your opinion about applying mattes. The formula is superb. To complete the gradient, I needed to add Diamont topcoat, giving shine to the manicure. Twilight Matte is versatile enough to also be worn as high gloss.
Here is how I created this look. If you have never attempted a gradient manicure, please check out the tutorial in this post. I painted two coats of Twilight Matte and added Nubar Diamont. I worked nail by nail with all three glitters. Each nail gradation was finished before moving on to the next nail. I began by using Orly Smudge Fixer to create the gradation with Petunia Sparkle.
I painted one coat of 2010 over the entire nail. Then I took the brush from Meadow Sparkle and wiped the excess polish against the inner rim of the bottle neck. With the sparse amount left on the brush, I tapped the brush over the fuchsia glitter on my nail in random spots. It added a little green shimmer. I tried this combination in different ways. I found that placing 2010 in the middle of the fuchsia and green glitter gave more depth.
The Nubar polishes mentioned in this post were sent to me for review. Twilight Matte is part of the Night Sky Collection. Petunia Sparkle and Meadow Sparkle are from the Sparkles Collection. All of these shades, including 2010, are available for purchase at bynubar.com.
Happy painting, ladies!