April 10, 2015

Super Mario Brothers

Super Mario Brothers Nail Art

Like most kids born in the 80's, I grew up playing Super Mario Brothers on the original Nintendo.  I've wanted to do a Mario nail design for a while, and since my parents recently unearthed my old Nintendo console while cleaning the garage, I thought now was the perfect time.

Nail Polish

Polish Used:
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Rapid Red
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - White On
  • Sally Hansen Intsa-Dri - Lightening
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Breezy Blue
  • Forever 21 - Apricot
  • Piggy Polish - Polar Sea Ice
  • Revlon Dark Pleasures - Talk Dirty
  • Wet n Wild - Black Crème
  • Base and top coats
Other Supplies:
  • Nail art brush
  • Square silver studs

For this look, I used all polish, no acrylic paints!  Aside from Mario's face, a lot of the designs are pretty simplistic, so polish has a better look since it is bold and one dimensional.  To create this look:
  1. Apply the base colors - thumb in Apricot, index and pinky in Rapid Red, middle in Breezy Blue, and ring in White On.
    Base Colors
  2. The index and pinky are going to be outlined nails. 
    • Use a nail art brush and white polish to fill in the center, leaving only a border of red.  You could have also started with a white base color and painted the red, but painting rims is tricky and the method I used is much easier.
    • Apply a square silver stud to the base of the nail, inside the outline.
      Outlined Nails
  3. Paint the star on the ring finger.
    • Paint the outline of the star in black.  For simplicity purposes, and to make my star even, I painted a star with all the connecting lines as opposed to just the outline.
    • Paint yellow inside the star.
    • Use black polish to add two eyes, then add white highlight marks.
      Star Nail Art
  4. Paint the red mushroom on the middle finger.
    • Paint the red mushroom cap.
    • Use white polish to paint the body of the mushroom, and the three dots on the mushroom cap.  
    • Add two black eyes, and white highlight marks
      Red Mushroom Nail
  5. Paint Mario on the thumb. 
    • Paint the outline of Mario's face with black polish.
    • Fill in his eyes and the circle on his hat with white polish, and fill in his mustache and hair with brown polish.
    • Fill in the hat in red and add a red "M" in the white circle.
    • Paint blue irises, black pupils, and white highlight marks for his eyes.

Now I feel like playing Super Mario Brothers!  Might need to hook up my old Nintendo :) Here's a closer look at the final product.
Super Mario Brothers Nails

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