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!
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.
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!