LIGHT SHOW

Fashion (Canada) - - Products - —Lesa Han­nah

See­ing the north­ern lights—elec­trons thrown from the sun’s at­mos­phere by the ro­ta­tion of the sun are blown to­ward the earth by the so­lar wind, mix with gases in the earth’s at­mos­phere and then glow—is on Re­becca Minkoff’s bucket list. In the mean­time, as Essie’s global colour de­signer, Minkoff has used them as the theme for the nail brand’s Win­ter 2018 col­lec­tion. The six shades ($10 each) range from a gold chrome (“Mil­lion Mile Hues”) to an iri­des­cent pink (“Po­lar-iz­ing”), but it was “Glow with the Flow,” a blue pearl shim­mer, that Minkoff was su­per-spe­cific about. “I was try­ing to get it like that,” she says, point­ing to a photo of a geode on her mood board. After cre­at­ing five ver­sions, which in­volved us­ing very fine glit­ter and ex­per­i­ment­ing with pearl­iza­tion, she fi­nally set­tled on the one that made “that holo­gram glow ex­ist within the bot­tle but then on the nail, too.”

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