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Orange Reciprocal Gradient Zigzags | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Orange reciprocal gradient: this is my first ever reciprocal gradient. I don’t know why I haven’t done one before now. So, I’m glad therefore that it’s come up as my personal prompt for the orange theme in this week’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

I added zigzags as the element to differentiate the two reversed gradients. After seeing a manicure by Caffeinated Cuticles (Jenn) on Instagram, I chose to “misalign” the zigzags nail vinyls so that they created little boxes, rather than zigzagged lines. I liked the way she’d done it, so copied it.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I left two nails bare. I’m a lazy manicurist these days and rarely “accent” more than three nails per hand. It saves so much time. I usually do just the two centre nails and my thumbs. I did gradient the other nails though, as I thought it made it more interesting overall than a plain orange colour would have been.

Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags
Orange reciprocal gradient zigzags

I used three orange nail polishes for the two gradients. Firstly, I used Barry M Full Throttle, a light, pastel orange as my palest colour. Then I chose Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, a medium orange. And finally, Nella Milano Cystal Coral. There’s nothing coral about it at all though; it’s a full-on red-orange.

In hindsight, I think I should have mattified it, as the light reflections in the photos stop you being able to see the pattern so well.

Next week the theme is “inspiration”. Who knows what I’ll be inspired by for that! At the moment I am completely clueless.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: Barry M Full Throttle, Nella Milano Chilli Blaze, and Nella Milano Crystal Coral
  • Vinyls: zigzags from Nail Vinyls
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Nella Milano polishes used for this post were previously sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Here are all the other participant’s orange manicures:

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Pink and Silver Zigzags With Triangular Studs

These pink and silver zigzags were painted quite some time ago now, back when my nails were a bit shorter.

I used a base of piCture pOlish Allure, which is a bright magenta pink with a scattered holo. My photos don’t show the beautiful holographic effect sadly.

I teamed it with OPI This Gown Needs A Crown, probably my favourite and certainly my most used silver nail polish. It’s lovely used just as a single accent nail, or like here, as part of an overall look.

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

I checked back and discover that I wore this manicure back in September 2015. My nails have grown quite considerably since then, even though I am forever filing them. I like the look of them long, but prefer to wear them a bit shorter as I am always worried that I will catch and break a nail. I haven’t had a break on my “camera hand” now for ages. Certainly not this year. (I’ve probably just jinxed that now, haven’t I?!)

Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs
Pink and silver zigzags with triangular studs

The silver triangular studs are from IZ Beauty, a new nail art supply store. They sell a range of items, like nail art tools, studs, rhinestones, nail art pens, nail wraps and decals. On their Instagram account, I found a code for 20% off. Just use SHOP20.

IZ Beauty silver studs
IZ Beauty silver studs

I have three of the silver studs: triangular, small circles and and small square. They come beautifully presented in cute little square boxes, branded with the IZ Beauty identity.

IZ Beauty Gem dotter
IZ Beauty Gem dotter

I also have one of the nail art tools, the gem dotter, which is a plastic tool with a rubberized end. I found it great for selecting and picking up the studs, and then placing them on the nail.

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink: two coats of piCture pOlish Allure
  • Silver: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
  • Studs: silver triangular studs from IZ Beauty
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The studs and gem dotter shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Navy and Gold Zig Zags (52 Week Challenge)

I made it to the end. This is post number fifty-two, the last one for the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. The prompts were dark and grungey and/or zig zags. I chose zig zags, which are also quite dark. But not grungey!

The base and plain nails are Chanel Fortissimo. This is a gorgeous navy that has a cobalt shimmer. I’ve been wearing it all week. It’s beautiful and has made its way up there into my top five Chanel nail polishes.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

I used Essie On A Silver Platter for the contrast. It has pretty holographic blue glitters in a gold base (no idea why it’s called “silver platter” therefore!) There’s something almost Tutankhamun-like about this, with the navy and gold.

Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter
Navy and gold zig zags using Chanel Fortissimo and Essie On A Silver Platter

So that’s it. The challenge is finished. I will try to put together a collage of all the manicures. But I’m not sure how fifty-two of them is going to look.

Next week we start a brand new year-long challenge, the like of which you’ll never have seen before. It’s going to be awesome!

 

52 week challenge

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Chanel Fortissimo
  • Zig zags: Essie On A Silver Platter
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (two coats)


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

 

 

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Pink Scaled Gradient Zigzags: Z is for: Zigzags

We’re finally at the end of the A2Z series challenge. Twenty-six weeks after starting and we’re at Z, which is for zigzags. Wanting to do something a little different, I created some pink scaled gradient zigzags.

I’ve not used the scaled gradient technique before. It’s an effective look, created I believe by Cristine of Simply Nailogical. I prefer it with chevrons, or with three gradients on the nail though.

There has been a glut of greens and blues on the blog recently, so I chose pink as a warm antidote to those cold colours. It was easy to choose three Barry M pinks that have a similar tone, but in different shades. I used: Pink Punch, which is the deepest of the three; Dragon Fruit is the medium pink; and Rose Hip is the palest.

Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip
Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip

To create the scaled gradient, I first created a gradient at the cuticle end of my nails. After top coating it and allowing it to thoroughly dry, I added a zigzag nail vinyl in the middle of my nail and taped off the nail above it, towards the cuticle. Then I gradiented the tips half of my nail, before top coating once again.

It’s easy to do, albeit a little time consuming with waiting for everything to dry in between stages.

Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip
Pink scaled gradient zigzags using Barry M Pink Punch, Dragon Fruit and Rose Hip

So that’s it for another A to Z challenge. We have a break for a week and then we’re back with another challenge, running for ten weeks. I’m not giving anything away, so stay tuned; it’s an interesting and unique challenge.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Rose Hip
  • Gradient: Barry M Pink Punch, Barry M Dragon Fruit and Barry M Rose Hip
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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Blue and Purple Textured Glitter Zigzags: T is for: Textured

I’ve used some textured glitter for T is for textured in the A2Z series challenge this week.

Both polishes are from the 2true Sequins collection and are Eva, which is the blue one, and Naomi, the purple one. I have one other nail polish from this 5-part collection; it’s the silver one, called Christy. I’ve used that one quite a lot, and often use it as an accent nail, but this is the first outing for either of these two.

They are quick drying, and have a course, grainy feel to them after they’ve dried.

I created some textured glitter zigzags over white to add some interest to the manicure. I quite like the look, but can’t help but think that either blue or purple would have worked well on their own; not both together.

Blue and purple textured glitter zigzags using 2true Eva, 2true Naomi and Barry M Cotton
Blue and purple textured glitter zigzags using 2true Eva, 2true Naomi and Barry M Cotton

There’s only six more weeks of this challenge left. It’s gone by really quickly.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colours: 2true Eva, 2true Naomi, Barry M Cotton


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Here are the manicures from the other A2Zers:

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