Holy Holographic!

Goodbye glitter, hello holographics! The multidimensional rainbow sparkle effect is showing up everywhere, from street style to celebs like Kate Bosworth and Kate Moss. Since a full holographic ensemble is a little too fashion-forward even for us, we’re adopting the trend on our nails for a futuristic look that’s still totally wearable.

The 411

What exactly is a hologram? Technically, it’s a 3D image formed by the interference of light beams. Translated into simpler terms, silver holographic particles give off a brilliant, multicolored prismatic effect, especially in direct sunlight. A “linear” hologram splits the light to display a distinct rainbow pattern, like you see in Color Club Over the Moon, pictured above.

Secret Ingredients

But how does holographic polish differ from glitter? “Holographic nail polish is not glitter at all,” says Michael Di Meo, Chief Chemist for Color Club. “Color Club’s holographic collection [called Halo Hues] contains a secret ingredient that we’re taking to the grave!” The classified process, plus the high cost of the raw materials, is one of the reasons why true holographic lacquers are so rare (and so fabulous). “It can be really difficult to get the desired level of holographic brilliance,” Di Meo says. “We kind of have a ‘go big or go home’ mentality, where if you can’t see a linear holographic effect, we won’t create the polish.’”

Holographic How-To

While it takes serious chemical know-how to create, applying holographic nail polish doesn’t require an advanced degree (phew). Start with a good base like alessandro Base Coat, and follow with two thin layers of holographic polish. Like a glitter, it’s best to work with several thin coats rather than one thick and goopy layer. Beyond Color Club’s daring collection, we’re also big fans of G Gal Australia ™’s 3D Nail Polish in Wisteria, a perfect-for-spring bright pink with sheen, and Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish in Emerald Divine, an on-trend rich green with sparkles. Once the polish has dried, add your favorite top coat for even more shine. Step out in bright sunlight, and we guarantee all eyes will be on your nails.

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