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Get The Look – Nina Dobrev in Seventeen Magazine

By on March 11, 2010
in Celebrity, China Glaze, Glitter, Green
Nina-Dobrev-Seventeen-Magazine-April-2010 A few days ago Fanatic Ally contacted me asking about Nina Dobrev’s nails in the April edition of Seventeen Magazine.  Since I’m not a subscriber (I’m a little beyond Seventeen’s demo) I haven’t seen the issue but I was able to find some pics online.  Needless to say, I pleasantly surprised to see a cover girl sporting GREEN nails!

The reason for Ally’s email is that in the magazine, you can clearly see that Nina’s nails were covered with chunky, random glitter yet the magazine recommended OPI Bling Dynasty to get the look.  Any of you who own Bling Dynasty know that it’s a shimmering, opaque micro-glitter.  So how was Nina’s look achieved?

Fortunately my pal Celebrity Manicurist Elle was the woman responsible for Nina’s nail look so I gave her a ring to get the scoop.  Find out what she used after the jump!


Elle sounded surprised when I asked if she did some type of nail art on Nina’s nails.  You see at the time I had only spied a small version of the above image.  Thinking that Bling Dynasty was involved I assumed some sort of nail art technique was used.  Luckily Elle was able to set me straight letting me know that she used China Glaze Medallion, a gold glitter peppered with randomly shaped holographic particles.  She layered that over China Glaze Four Leaf Clover to create Nina’s fun nail style.  I’ve shown the combo to you below with one coat of Medallion on my ring and pinkie nails and two coats on my middle finger.


I took the pic above under artificial light to show how much it alters the color of Four Leaf Clover, similar to what you see on Nina in the magazine.  Below is my original swatch of Four Leaf Clover under natural light which still doesn’t show off its vibrancy.


You can find China Glaze Four Leaf Clover and Medallion online at and China Glaze is also carried at Sally Beauty Supply but seasonal collection availability will vary by store.

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  1. Faith says:

    I love the combination! I rarely ever see holographic glitter in nail polishes in the states. In Japan I bought a lot though :)

    Is China Glaze Medallion discontinued?? Also, any suggestions for finding holographic glitter nail polishes?

    • D. says:

      China Glaze Medallion can be found at any online nail polish retailer (ie. transdesign, head2toe, etc.)

  2. Virginia says:

    Oooh! I love this look. Seriously, I ALWAYS forget how cool layering can be! I picked up a few of Cover Girl’s glitter polishes on clearance a while back and layered them over my FLC manicure in the store. Loved the look! Thanks for the reminder :)

  3. Clare says:


    Last month’s Vogue Australia also featured a model with bright turquoise nails that were just a gorgeous pop of colour. Prompted me to order CG Custom Kicks, but I’m rather lemming some Medallion now!

  4. Cris says:

    I wish magazines would just tell us what they *actually* used..

  5. tonia says:

    that holo glitter is awesome…I want some…

  6. Becky says:

    OH she is so pretty, and I have both of those sitting in my untried’s….I smell a St. Patty’s day mani!!

  7. Lachelle says:

    Wow, I have CG Medallion sitting on my desk right now, I should recreate this look. Hmm…

  8. Camila says:

    This China Glaze’s Glitter is amazing!!! And the combination with the green polish looks perfect!!

  9. Tiffany says:

    Oooooh, I like that! I’ll have to get my hands on Medallion and try it. :D

  10. Stephanie says:

    Hehe, that chick is originally from Degrassi. She’s really movin’ up in the world if she’s in Seventeen…

    • Sarah says:

      That’s where she’s from! I hadn’t gotten around to actually looking her up, but kept thinking, “wow, she looks familiar…” Yes! Degrassi teen mom.

  11. WC says:

    OMG so pretty! perfect for St.Patty’s day!

  12. Laura says:

    I have Four Leaf Clover and some gold glitter – maybe that will be my weekend mani! I’ve got a funky wedding to go to tomorrow night and this could be a lot of fun. :)

  13. Grace says:

    LOVE Four Leaf Clover. I already have Bling Dynasty, but I haven’t actually worn it yet. Is it good for layering?

  14. Courtney says:

    Oh crap.. I went out and bought Bling Dynasty after seeing this in the magazine!! I don’t even like the colour alone!! :(
    I don’t really like the colour.. waste of money :\

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Aww, that sucks. I really don’t get why they recommended that color in the magazine. It could never look like the polish on Nina’s nails.

  15. Kristin says:

    Love the way the polish looks with that ring! Such a hot combo.

  16. Goose says:

    I know it’s a bit late for this, but I figured I say that I just tried this combination and LOVE IT. Weird though, I only put one coat of Medallion on but it looks as dense or denser than your two coats! Maybe ’cause I shook it up a lot?? Hahaha, I dunno. Either way it is AWESOME.

    • kirsten says:

      I had the same result with Medallion except for some reason for me it went on so dense it looked nothing like this and you couldn’t even see the green through all the glitter. All the glitter also added way too much yellow tone to the green and made it look gross. It looks wretched! Its like a 6 year old came up and dumped craft glitter on my wet nails! I only used one coat too!

  17. Danielle says:

    Four Leaf Clover stains your nails :-( I even put on a base coat but it still stained horribly bad.

  18. Reena says:

    When I saw this picture I thought it was China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise with Medallion. I tried it and liked it; but it just wasn’t the same. I was close though! I’ll have to try Four Leaf Clover and Medallion.

  19. ?Kelcie. says:

    I love Nina Dobrev, she’s gorgeous! The China Glaze nail polishes look like they’d be cute to wear!