Pokémon GO: Party Hat Pikachu Inspired Nail Art

Who else here has spent money on Pokémon GO?
*crickets*

Well, in either case – full confession: I have spent REAL money on Pokémon GO in the last week. I finally got my hands on a Pokemon Go Plus. I’ve been using it this week and I’ve been really (yes, really) enjoying it. I’ll be posting my review and first impressions tomorrow but I figured to celebrate, of course I had to do some Pokémon GO inspired nail art…

Pokémon GO is nominated for the Best VR/AR game at the Game Developers Choice Awards 2017. This week we also saw Pokémon Day on February 27th, which marks the anniversary of the original Japanese release of Pokémon Red/Green.

As an ode to Pokémon Day, Pokémon GO has released a bunch of Pikachus wearing party hats into the wild until March 6th.

I’ve attempted to re-create the party animal on my nails… Ironically with a bunch of Poké Balls flying at him. It took me approximately two and a half episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is about an hour in normal people time.

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Ready to get this hawt look?

You might want to queue up your list on Netflix! Here’s how I created my Party Hat Pikachu nail art:

  1. Apply base coat.
  2. Apply a thin layer of light blue, or periwinkle nail paint. Repeat.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Using a white polish, carefully apply 1-3 “ball shapes” to the thumb, index, ring and pinky nail. Ensure that at least one half is opaque and has clean edges.
  5. Using a yellow polish, create a ‘half moon’ shape on the tip, and carefully paint long ear shapes.
  6. Using a fine nail art brush, paint red polish to the “worse” half of the white ball shapes. The shape of the Poke Balls should start to form.
  7. Use a fine point dotting tool to apply white polish to the centre of the Poke Ball.
  8. Use a fine nail art brush to carefully outline, and define the centre shapes of the Poke Balls. This step requires the most patience and a little goes a long way. Do not have too much polish to your brush as this will create uneven linework.
  9. Use a medium point dotting tool with black polish to create Pikachu’s eyes. Feel free to use an image for reference.
  10. Use a medium point dotting tool with red polish to create Pikachu’s blush dots.
  11. To bring Pikachu to life, use a fine point dotting tool with white polish to add eye catch lights to the black dots. (Doesn’t it make a difference?)
  12. Add a small nose by adding the slightest fleck of black paint with a fine nail art brush.
  13. Use a fine nail art brush with a pastel purple to create a triangle shape for Pikachu’s party hat.
  14. Use a medium point dotting tool with pastel turquoise/blue to create the base decor of the party hat, and top of party hat. Again, feel free to use an image for reference.
  15. Use a fine nail art brush to add some pastel pink strokes to the triangle party hat shape for more details.
  16. Use a fine nail art brush with white lacquer to slightly outline the party hat. It’s meant to make the hat pop, not define, so do not worry about the lines being perfectly opaque.
  17. Use a fine nail art brush with black lacquer to outline Pikachu’s head, and lightly outline the party hat. The party hat should look softer than the outlined, defined Pikachu head. Add Pikachu’s ear tips with the same black paint and brush, using a slight angle to separate from the rest of the yellow ear.
  18. Optional: Use a medium point dotting tool to create dots around the Poke Balls, and then use a fine point dotting tool around the medium dots. This is a filler technique and not required.
  19. Let dry and use a healthy amount of a fast dry top coat to seal off your work, and give it a glossy finish. You’re done!  (Was it worth it?)

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Products used:

  • Dotting tool with medium and fine points
  • Fine nail art brush from Daiso
  • Nails Inc. London – Hyde Park Basecoat
  • Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Blueberry
  • OPI – Pine Snow
  • OPI – Black Onyx
  • Essie – Where’s My Chauffer
  • Pure Ice – Jail Bait
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Coral Reef
  • Color Club – Almost Famous
  • Joe Fresh – Cherry
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

Stay tuned for my review and first impressions of the Pokemon Go Plus tomorrow!

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Taken from the official Pokemon Go website. My reference image.


Official Pokemon GO website: www.pokemongo.com/en-us
More details on the Pokemon Day event: www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pikachu-parties-in-pokemon-go

Photos: Taken by me with a NikonD700 and Nikon 35mm f/1.8 and makeshift light box

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