I had another design for you guys, but I ended up entering it in a nail art contest, and the rules of the contest said no blogging before voting starts, so there.  I liked it a lot, I'll show you later.  In the meantime, please enjoy this excessively silly and geeky nail art while I go sit in a room for jury duty.
So yes, I have a Super Mushroom, from the Super Mario and all their descendants.  This manicure was inspired by this tutorial on youtube by cutepolish.  I didn't have any green polish that was the right color to paint mushrooms, so I went with the red one instead.

I really love this manicure.  I had lots of fun painting it and it's fun to wear.  It seems especially appropriate for all the video games my friends and I have been playing lately!

Cast of Characters:
  • Sinful Colors Basecoat
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear "White On"
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Rapid Red" (Oh, how I hate the handle of this brush!  It picks up gobs of extra polish and causes all manner of trouble!)
  • Jesse's Girl "Blackout"
  • Seche Vite topcoat
  • Konad Image Plate M19, stamper, & other required stamping goodies (or your favorite form of french tip creation.)
  • Little brush for striping.  Also, acetone
  • Big and little dotting tools.  I used the back end of a paintbrush and the lead of a mechanical pencil.

(you can also see cutepolish's tutorial here, I do a few things differently.)
  • Start with clean, dry nails and a well-ventilated space.
  • Paint all of your nails with a base coat, let dry.  I like using a slightly pinkish tinted basecoat to give my nails a healthy glow.
  • Paint white french tips on the index, middle, and pinky nail.  I used the french tip Konad plate and ended up stamping the tips three times.
  • Paint a thin red line between the white tip and the pink nail bed.  I did this with a small brush and a dab of Rapid Red, which I put on a dish to dip from.  I used acetone to dip my brush in and make the polish thin enough to paint with.  This probably isn't the most accepted way to do this, but it worked with what I had.
  • For the accent nails, paint thumbs and ring fingers with a coat of Rapid Red, leaving a wide, curved gap between the cuticle and the polish. 
  • Make the mushroom stems/faces by swiping the white polish over the tips of the nail.  Using the larger dotting tool, make five white dots on the cap of the mushroom.
  • Using black polish and the smaller dotting tool, place two dots on the white stems/ faces and drag them out vertically into eyes.
  • Once everything has dried slightly, carefully apply a thick layer of Seche Vite to all your nails.
  • You're done!  Go get those goombas!