First, lay down your base color and give it a few moments to set. I used Zoya GeiGei, the pale pink. I needed two coats for the look you see here, and the formula was easy to use.
Then, grab your second color. Using the polish brush, push down a bit to splay the brush out, and paint a wide line down the middle of your nail. I chose to use Zoya Piaf for this step, which is an usual shade of yellow that dips its pinky toe into the green-zone. While I love yellow polishes, I don't think this one works for me. I went over my line twice for opacity.
Finally, using your third shade and a very light touch, paint a thin stripe down the middle of the wide stripe you just painted. My third shade is Zoya Julie, my favorite of the three polishes in this manicure. A gorgeous pale purple, this shade strikes the right balance between pastel and pigmented. Like with Piaf, I went over my lines twice for opacity.
All three of these shades have a heavy silver shimmer that Zoya actually calls metallic. I somewhat agree, though I think maybe I'd describe it more as a "modern frost" shade. It's very icy but without the unpleasant look that many of you associate with frost polishes.
What do you guys think of these shades? Is the stripe look workin' for you? I think it's a fun and easy technique -- great for those of you who want to try nail art but don't have detail brushes!
The Zoya Lovely Collection is available for purchase now on Zoya.com. Each polish retails for $8.
Products provided for review.