Aussie indies are set to take over the world, with the recent stocking of some of the more popular brands by international distributors Llarowe and Shoppe Eclecticco. We thought it was high time to dig into the minds of their creators – first up is Gloss ‘n Sparkle’s Angela Clark, who was kind enough to answer a slew of questions for us…
How did you first get into nail polish?
I’ve been wearing polish since I was a teenager, which was a LONG time ago, well so it feels, really I’m still very young! I only started getting into it seriously when I got into doing nail art, and always needed new shades to create ideas I had. My collection started growing, my interest in polish grew stronger and here I am now making my own.
What inspired you to start your own line?
I often would mix shades I had together to make colours I needed for nail art, then I discovered glitter and fell in love, nail art in a bottle! Mixing glitter into my regular polish wasn’t always successful; it would usually end up stuck in the bottom of the bottle, so I started researching how to do it properly and the rest is history.
I started a tumblr page for my nail art a while back and this is what I called it. When it came to trying to think of a name for my polish, I couldn’t look past it. It’s glossy, it sparkles, perfect!
What are (in your opinion) your best creations?
Out of all my creations my personal favourite is Edge of the World. The final product is based on one of the first experiments I did when I started making polish. I loved it but it took me a long while to be happy enough with it. Teals, greens and blues are my favourite so this polish is everything I love, all in one bottle. As a bonus it’s named after a song by my favourite band!
Gloss ‘n Sparkle Edge of the World (Pretty Purple Polish)
Unicorn Droppings is one of my best selling polishes, I get compliments from strangers whenever I wear it. I’m proud of the name because I imagine it’s exactly what unicorns’ business would look like, and who wouldn’t want to put that on their nails?
Gloss ‘n Sparkle Unicorn Droppings (Lab Muffin)
How do you come up with new polish ideas?
A lot of experimenting, colour combinations I see around me, nights spent starting at my glitter stash holding shades together to see how they look. I’m planning some new releases for 2013 based on something I learnt at school, not giving away any more than that.
What’s the best thing about being an indie polish maker?
Being able to make myself lots and lots of nail polish! That and being able to do something where I can be creative, and grow at my own pace, allowing me to keep raising my son my priority. I work nights after he is asleep and I am really looking forward to him starting preschool in January so I can have more time to work and start sleeping properly again.
What’s the worst?
As mentioned above, the late nights I spend working sometimes. Not having anyone else to share the responsibility with. I am a single parent and my son isn’t old enough to help stick bottles on labels yet so it’s all up to me. Fortunately I still enjoy it regardless!
What else do you like to do in your spare time (if you have any)?
Outside the world of nail polish my days usually revolve around my son. I’ve gotten quite good at building with Lego and Zoobs, racing Hot Wheels, playing Ninjago and building train tracks. Then there’s playing at the park, going to the beach or pool, long walks or chasing him on his bike, anything that wears him out at the end of the day so I can work at night. I also enjoy painting on canvas too, not just nails, drawing, graphic design, reading, a good TV series, but my ‘me’ time is a bit of a rarity lately.
What’s the one tip you’d give for perfect nails?
I’m a fan of nails all the same length and shape, long or short, round, pointed or square, it doesn’t matter. If they all match that’s perfect in my eyes.
With the huge amount of indie brands around now I think we continue seeing lots of originality with colour combinations, finishes and textures from brands trying to stand out from the crowd.
What is the most important piece of advice you’ve been given?
Do what you love to do, simple, and very wise. I’ve spent most of my career working as a graphic designer, and have loved it, but a change is as good as a holiday so they say, so now I am following another passion.
What keeps you going?
My motivation is being able to work for myself, not have a boss (other than my 5 year old one) and to be flexible with the hours I work, so I can enjoy life in between. Oh, and coffee, lots of coffee.