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When mixing glitters, what gives more of the 3-D look?


You know how sometimes we mix several glitters together and they make that magical combination that just pops, and other times the results are just so-so? What makes the difference? What gives more of the 3-D look? I thought I read somewhere that adding either the crystal/white or a light shade to a darker shade makes it stand out better. I can only use gel so the pre-mixed with powder combinations won’t work for me.


As a rule of thumb, lighter colors highlight and darker colors contour (make things look deep). Decorators and painters use this when painting. They make a room look larger by painting the focal wall dark, or the background deep.

Putting light glitter on a dark surface makes the light-colored glitters stand out against the dark surface, making them pop. So mixing very light and very dark glitter pieces together help give the nail that 3-D look. — Norma Sproles is a guest artist and educator for OPI.

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