Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nail Art Wednesday: Movember Moustache Nails with a Gaming Geek Twist

With November coming to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to end it donning moustachioed nails in support of Movember, the annual fund raising event for men's health and prostate cancer research. Mr. J participated unofficially (in all honesty I think this was about the only time he felt it was justified to sport any sort of facial hair) so I'm beyond ecstatic to have his face back. Now, I wanted to put my own twist to it and didn't want it to be just like any other moustachioed nails. I thought about doing different types of moustaches on each nail but wanted to take it a step further: why not sport famous moustaches based on video game characters? I love me some video games (in fact, Mr. J and I met while playing a video game but that's a story to tell on another day) so what better way to incorporate that with Movember?

Can you guess who's who? Three are easily recognizable but the villains aren't as easy to place.

What I Used:
Pale beige base: Color Club Nomadic in Nude
Acrylic paint in dark brown, yellow, green and red

How I Did It:
1. First, paint all your nails in the base color of your choice. I went with a pale beige, Color Club Nomadic in Nude.
2. Using dark brown acrylic paint and a detail paintbrush, paint the different moustaches for each character you'll be doing; one on each nail situated close to the free end of the nail. It helps to have photos of each in front of you while you paint so you can easily check your progress and adjust accordingly. It might also be a good idea to try drawing them on paper before painting directly on the nail so you know ahead of time what strokes you'll need to use. For Mario (middle), I started with a U curve and added the 5 scallops before filling it all in. For Luigi (ring), I also started with a U curve, did only 2 scallops and filled it in. For Wario (thumb), I started with a ^ on each side to mark the middle, making sure I leave a bit of space in the between, and continued the zigzag pattern. For Dr. Wily (pinky), I started with a ^---^ for the top part of the moustache and made the bottom look raggedy while making sure that the 2 ends on opposite sides were prominent before filling it all in. For Eggman (index), I started with > < to mark the middle and just made it look as bushy as possible.
3. Paint on the head gear. Caps in the designated colors for Mario (red), Luigi (green) and Wario (yellow) where painted in color before outlining with the dark brown and painting on the corresponding letters. Dr. Wily has no head gear so we're painting on his hair which looks like bat wings on either side with a lot of space in the middle. Eggman has goggles/headband of some sort that we'll try to approximate.
4. Top it all with top coat to seal in the designs and protect your manicure.
***I apologize for the lack of photos/graphics but doing freehand nail art is hard to explain with photos and doing the graphics can be time consuming if I showed each stroke I used with arrows to show direction. But if anyone is interested to see graphics, do please let me know and I'll update accordingly.

I know most of these are Nintendo characters but I don't have a Wii or DS so Playstation controller, it is.

Got the moves?

Yes, I own that pink controller.

Dr. Wily from Megaman

Luigi from Super Mario Bros

Mario from Super Mario Bros

Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog

Wario (first seen) from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Gold Coins

Hammie says: Get your game on!

And because I had this stuck in my head the entire time I did the nail art and wrote this post, I thought it only fair and more than a little appropriate to leave you with a moustachioed fellow beatboxing while playing the flute. Enjoy!


  1. LOL! How fun is this post!!!? I'll tell you Super-duper-Mario fun!
    Totally brought me back to the 1990s and playing nintendo with my siblings :D
    I alwasy wanted to be luigi... he just seemed like the more handsom of the two Amigos.
    And isn't this Color Club shade AWESOME! I'd wear it every day! odd... so simple but I like it soo much!!!
    Your photos are so fun too!
    Peter isn't sporting a mustache this year... but he did last year and me wasn't a fan of it... I get the cause, and fully support that... but man that handlebar stash ... *shivers*

  2. Awesome nail art, Carmela! I love the twist you put on it - really fun, clever, and well-executed. I've come up with an idea for moustache nails, but didn't have time to do them in November, so looks like they'll be late. I may do them in December. ;)

    Y'know, I suck at video games - I'm so bad. Whenever there's jumping involved, I always end up jumping to my death. And, in most video games, I 'die' in just a few minutes. For that reason, I find it way more fun to watch other people play it, so I can see the whole story unfolding...instead of me trying to make it past the same section and continually falling off a cliff (etc.) in the same spot. :P

    That flute player's really talented. Among the instruments I played in elementary school, the flute was one. It takes a LOT of breath and lung strength. I preferred the clarinet just because all the air goes into the instrument, so I found it easier to play. With the flute, I always felt dizzy after playing one page of music. :P And I wasn't alone. Near the end of the song, the entire flute section was dizzy...haha, you have to be strong to play the daintiest instrument.

  3. I'm sooo happy you enjoyed it, Marta! Thank you so much! It was a blast doing the nails and putting it all together in a post; so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. :)
    Hahaha, I always thought Luigi was the smarter brother!
    This shade is pretty amazing. I love how versatile it is and how it plays well with a whole bunch of other polishes.
    Shivers, indeed! I had to deal with Hairy Caterpillar (aka Soul Patch) and Bristly Toothbrush (aka the Mo') for a full month. Not much fun at all, never mind that it IS such a great cause.

  4. Thanks, Mary! That's huge coming from you and your stable of fun and quirky nail art. :) Oh, I can't wait to see your take; should be interesting!

    To be honest, I'm the exact same way. I cannot play Super Mario to save my life. I always, always fall into that first pit even when I try not to jump into it. But while I didn't have much luck with that game, I did fall in love with RPGs (role playing games) with awesome storylines. In fact, I played most of the games I did for the story and then I kinda branched out to other strategic/action games like DotA (Defense of the Ancients). I've been staying away from WoW (World of Warcraft) tho because between that and nail polish, I'd probably go bankrupt in a month. :P

    My, aren't you a regular Jill of All Trades! Can you still play? Do you own a clarinet? I think that's awesome!

    I don't doubt he is! It must take an amazing set of lungs to play the flute AND beatbox at the same time. I do shudder to think how terrible it might be to clean that mouthpiece tho. ;)

  5. Yes, I can still play the clarinet, piano, flute, and saxophone. But I'm a little rusty because I don't currently own any to practice on.

    I bought a guitar several years ago and tried to teach myself,'s really tricky! Oh, and I've also tried the harmonica because my dad had a really good-quality one from waaaaay back in the day - think the 1950s!

    No, I don't have a clarinet now - they're so expensive. The one I used to use was the Yamaha student model, and the quality was really good compared to a lot of similar models. One day, when I've saved up more, I do want to buy one. I miss playing the clarinet. It came really naturally to me, and I didn't have to practice much in order to play a song. Hehe, when it comes to playing instruments, I'm lazy like that. I'm so excited to play a song instead of just practice it.

    I didn't practice my songs on the piano as much as I should've back in the day, so it always took me longer to learn each piece. I wasn't great at piano because I had to learn each hand's piece separately and then put it together. People who are realllly good at it can just sight-read a musical piece and play the song even when they see the music for the first time. I definitely wasn't at that level! I only took the official examinations up to the 4th year at the Royal Conservatory of Music. I mainly just chose music and asked my teacher to help me learn to play it. :)

    Do you play any instruments, Carmela?

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