Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dragonflies Holo

This manicure was suggested by my friend Lauren after she saw my new holo polishes that I scored on eBay. Yes, I gave into temptation and ordered bottles from the China Glaze OMG Collection. They have a mythic status with nail bloggers due to their amazing linear holographic shimmer. This is different than holographic glitter. I know that I would be happy if China Glaze brought these holos back, it's such a pretty collection.

I started this manicure with a base of Zoya "Caitlin", a dusty lavender. Here it is in the shade. I only have two Zoya polishes in my collection. I really love the formula. This is two coats.

Here's a shot of Zoya "Caitlin" with a flash. As you can see, the color changes a lot depending on the lighting.

I am still getting the hang of using my camera during the stages of painting the manicure. I remembered to take a pic before I finished adding the eyeballs to the dragonfly on the left. And the right side is the ring finger on my left hand, before topcoat. I used a technique that I have seen Robin Moses do, like with her Nicki Minaj super bass nails. She added blobs of color on top of a black background to give it a scale-type look. Dragonfly wings have that scale design, too.

Finished mani in the sun. Click on the picture to see a larger version. The holographic effect really pops in the sunlight. You can see a bit of the glow on my thumb.

I started with the outline of the dragonflies in black acrylic paint, then added the holo polishes on top of the black to create the lacy wings and the glowing eyeballs.

Here are the polishes I used for this design: Zoya "Caitlin" for the base, China Glaze LOL for the eyeballs, and China Glaze 2NITE for the wings. I used Essie All In One Base for a basecoat and Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat to top it all off. What do you think? I think it's elegant and interesting, but not too out there.


  1. Oh I really like this combo of colors! They do really look like irridescent scales of a dragonfly's Wings! Great job!

  2. Thanks Lauren! This was my first time wearing Zoya Caitlin, and I think it worked great for this manicure. :)

  3. I LOVE this!! You are so talented :)

  4. Thank you Amanda! You are so kind. :)

  5. Wow! Really pretty! I think you captured the dragonflies perfectly! :) So want some of the OMG polishes, but not gonna pay an arm and leg for them.

    1. China glaze is coming out with more holos at the end of this year or summer 2013 I believe. There will be a price increase though on thos polishes. Just a heads up so you don't miss it and don't have to pay ridiculous eBay prices. I think its called The Hologlam collection.