Saturday, June 4, 2016

Back in the Game: Gauntlet Nail Art

I haven't done my nails in a very long time because of my chronic migraine.  However, I've now had this migraine for a year and I need to start getting used to the fact that this might just be the way life is now.  I love doing my nails and sharing them with you guys, so I decided to power through the smell (and work right next to a window and a fan, which can make things tricky) and do them anyway.

I've decided to "get back in the game" by participating in the Nail Challenge Collaborative's "Video Games" challenge for June.  Like most people, I heard "video game nails" and the first things that popped into my head were Mario and Tetris.  However, when participating in a challenge, I often don't choose the first things I think of simply because they're the same things that most people will think of first, and so I try to think of something else just to add some variety to things.  I started thinking and then remembered a game I used to love to play on our NES as a kid: Gauntlet!

Gauntlet nail art

I had all kinds of ideas for what I wanted to do for this manicure, but I only get five canvases so I had to narrow it down.  One of the things I remember most from the game were that my little brother would always play as the Red Warrior and I would be the Blue Valkyrie, so I decided to represent the four characters on my nails, which seemed fitting.  However, I'm not any good at faces, so I decided to depict their weapons of choice instead.  I added Death to my thumb for some balance.

gauntlet nail art

I depicted the Blue Valkyrie as a sword (he weapon of choice) on a blue background. The Green Archer is a bow and arrow, the Red Warrior a double headed war ax, and the Yellow Wizard (Merlin) is represented by the "magic" on my pinkie nail.  I think of all these nails, my favorite to do was the yellow one since I finally got to use one of my Princess Bride nail polishes!

My nails have a very pronounced C curve, so here's a shot from the side to show the point of the arrow on the green nail.

Death's background is a four color glitter/shimmer gradient (that I had to scrub off my skin because I forgot to protect it!)  I loved the background on this one so much I wanted to do the same gradient on all of my nails on my right hand, but I decided I wanted to get some peel off base coat first so I could save myself on some additional scrubbing.

I outlined death's shape using black polish and a craft store brush that I cut down to size.  There is no white on the design, but the reflection that you see is a little creepy to me since it kind of looks skeletal!

I hope you liked the nails and that you check out the other excellent nail art in this challenge!

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