First, I had to choose the appropriate glitter. I thought of mixing various bits of glitter, but then I got lazy and settled on Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday, which I've previously featured in this post, and as a jelly sandwich! Anyway, I settled on Lippmann Happy Birthday because it had the same multi-coloured, jewel-y effect that the original gemstones had.
A 2D version of Libertine's NYFW 3D nail art, embellished with colourful jewels: here, sequins are used instead.
This was fairly easy to do. I used the same base, Collection 2000 Aztec Gold, and then I applied Happy Birthday in a dabbing motion, in order to control where the glitter ended up. I tried to place more glitter at the base and sides of the nail, mimicking the gemstone placement on the original manicure. And that's it!
This embellished nail art just requires healthy doses of Lippman's Happy Birthday.
I don't really know how I feel about this look. On one hand, it's not a perfect replica of the original. Of course it wouldn't be - in my quest to translate a 3D look into a 2D plane, some of the look would be lost. But on the other hand, as a standalone manicure, it looks pretty rockin' to me. So perhaps it isn't too bad! And the overall look, although sparkly, is still quite demure-looking, thanks to the muted gold base. I can definitely see myself wearing this at my office!
Multi-coloured glitter on a gold base - definitely fun but still chic.
I guess this look, while not quite as dramatically blingy as Libertine's original look, but this is still a great 2D version that captures the colours of the original. I think I might just wear this on my nails for a little longer! And just because I can, I'm going to end off with another photo of my awesome DIY nail art!
Not quite like the Libertine nail art, but I'm loving this look too!