Sunday, October 07, 2012

Reciprocal Gradient

I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while, and I don't *think* anyone else has done it before, so I decided to give it a go.  I'm SO happy with how this turned out!  

I started by painting my nails in a Grey-dient with Zoya Dove and Orly Shockwave.  Unsure of how my idea would turn out (regardless of the fact that it looked awesome in my head) I decided to do only my thumb, and if it looked awful I would leave the rest as plain gradients.  At that point I was almost wishing my idea would look awful, nearing 10:30pm, just so I could go to bed sooner...  

Unfortunately, after finishing my thumb, my exact thoughts were "Oh crap, this looks awesome.  Now I'm going to have to do all 10 nails." *facepalm*  Take a look. 


Zoya Dove and Orly Shockwave, with two coats of Seche Vite.  I consistently have problems with these two greys photographing way more blue than they actually are.  Grrr.  


I felt so cool naming this the reciprocal gradient.  I was thinking about nail polish while doing math (I promise that doesn't happen all the time,) and the word popped out at me and it just seemed to fit perfectly  :)


So, since I'm hoping that you'll all love this and want it on your own nails (and then it'll blow up and become a huge trend... Ha. Right.) I took a couple pictures as I was going and I'll post a step-by-step picture tutorial tomorrow!  Awesome nails for all!! 

So you've probably got it figured out that I think this is awesome, but what about you?  Do you like the reciprocal gradient?  Will you be putting it on your (probably lengthy) to-do list of manicures?  Remember to check back tomorrow for a tutorial, and if you re-create the look shoot me an email (ecm.dancer@gmail.com) I'd love to see!  :)

44 comments:

  1. Looks great! If I ever get my hands on some striping tape I'll definitely be trying this =)

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    1. Thanks! Definitely got to get some striping tape, that stuff is so useful! :)

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  2. holy moly this is amazing - well done, and i'm definitely trying this when i have the patience! xx

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    1. Thank you so much! It actually didn't take near as long as I thought it would :)

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  3. I saw this awesome design on Pintest and came running to your blog. It's awesome and I can't wait for your tutorial. Now I'm a new follower! Yay! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, always glad to have new followers ;) I can't believe it's been pinned so soon, would you mind emailing me a link (if you can find it again) I looked but can't seem to locate it. Thanks! :)

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  4. Amazing Mani, and definately original! I will certainly add this to my to do list :-)

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    1. Thank you! Let me know when you do, I'd love to see! :)

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  5. It took me a moment to really see what you did with the gradient but once I saw it I was all O.O That is amazing! Very subtle but striking at the same time! Love the color combo as well!

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  6. such a unique idea, I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before! Gotta get my hands on some striping tape now!

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    1. Thank you! Definitely got to get your hands on some striping tape, such useful stuff! :)

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  7. I LOVEEE THIS! I'd for sure do this!

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    1. Thank you Alexis! Shoot me an email if you do, I'd love to see! :D

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  8. gorgeous and agree such a unique idea. I wish i had your creativity. Love it!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much Lynn! I LOVE your blog! :)

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  10. Super cool! I've never seen this done before so it's definitely unique! I love the middle parts where the alternating parts almost blend in :)

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    1. Thank you, that's my favourite part too! :)

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  11. Wow these are insane! I reckon they will be a huge trend ;]

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  12. This looks AMAZING! I did a reverse gradient last month with tape, but not with striping tape. I felt like I was the first to do it, because I had never seen it before. Hope you don't mind me leaving my link here, but I wanted to show you. http://www.manicurator.com/2012/09/31dc-day-10-gradientdigit-al-dozen-blue.html Anyway, this is fabulous!!! Great job, I wanna try it this way too :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I guess I missed that when you originally posted it, because that mani is FABULOUS and I'd most certainly remember seeing it! I love how it's kind of similar to what I did, but you ended up with a completely unique finished look. Please shoot me an email if you try it this way as well, I'd LOVE to see! And I'll have to try it "your" way sometime soon too :)

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    2. Yup, I'll share if I ever make the time to do yours, and I'd love to see if you try my way too :)

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  13. Emma this is fantastic, I've never seen it anywhere else, thanks for the tut!

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  14. This is absolutely fabulous! What an awesome idea, I need to do this ASAP!

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  15. I finally tried it, what a great way to while away a cold afternoon! I used Nubar Pallisade and Contrary Polish Aruba on one hand, and because I could not decide, Illamasqua Wink and Orly Wild Wysteria on the other. I made a mistake on one finger and didn't reverse the gradient, but apart from that they looked great. Even my 12 year old niece liked the, and she's hard to please!

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  16. It came out awesome! I have to try it but of course I'll credit you ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing what you do, I love your blog!! :)

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  18. This looks great! Got pointed to this post by SimpleLittlePleasures on Youtube :) can't wait to try this when I get my striping tape!

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  19. You are great! Awesome nail art!

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