I’ve been making some frankens over the past few days with some sheerer polishes, but today I have another type to show you.
If a polish is opaque and glitter or pigment is mixed into it, the result will usually be a clumpy mess. Glitter won’t show through opaque polish. The best way around this is to thin the polish down with clear polish (try 1/3 clear polish to 2/3 color at first, then keep adding clear polish if it’s still too opaque.) This should yield an easier polish base to work with.
Another way around this is to do a layer franken- just paint on your original color, then add a glittery topcoat to change the color. There are a lot of sheer sparkle topcoats on the market- one of my favorites are the CND effects, which are microglitter in a clear base. They’re nice and smooth and look great over a variety of polishes.
Of course, you can also mix your own glitter topcoats! Easy as pie. Just add a small amount of the glitter to some clear polish, mix well, and use as a topcoat over your base color.
I was looking for a kind of 50s retro green, which I made with 1/2 China Glaze Lemon Fizz (light yellow) and 1/2 CND Anchor Blue. It made a very nice, opaque vintage-y type green that was good to go in one coat.
For a true retro-inspired look, this color probably does look best without glitter (perish the thought!) but I played and made a glitter topcoat with clear polish and TKB Trading microglitters.
I really like this robin’s egg type of color. It’s more of a spring shade, I suppose, but I always like soft vintage kind of colors. I almost want to add little dots to it so it looks like a real robin’s egg!