This easy Retro PACMAN nail tutorial will guide you step-by-step on how to create this super fun look. I used household items to create a lot of the details. The idea came from a PACMAN nail art tutorial I saw on Youtube.
The only tricky part to this tutorial, is that you have to be patient in between drying times to create all the details. Other than that, it's really simple and anybody can do it. You can get creative and add other items from the original game like cherries, or a nail filled completely with Pac-Dots.
Step 1: Nail Polish & Tools
You will need the following Nail Polish for this tutorial:
Sally Hansen- Sun Kissed - CLYDE
Orly- Frisky- INKY
Color Club- Blushing Rose - PINKY
Wet n Wild- Everybody Loves Redmond- BLINKY
Spoiled- Designed Driver- PACMAN
Essie- Marshmallow- Ghost Eyes
Milani- Neon Dude Blue- Ghosts Pupils
Step 2: Apply Base Coat
Apply a base coat to your nails.
Step 3: Apply Coat of Polish for Ghosts & Pacman Backround
Apply a coat of black polish to your thumb. Next apply a coat of Blushing Rose to your index finger. The middle finger gets a coat of Frisky. Your ring finger gets a coat of Sun Kissed and lastly apply a coat of Everybody loves Redmond to your pinky.
Allow at least 20 minutes of drying time before proceeding to step 4.
Step 4: Detail for Bottom of Ghost Monsters
Use a small nail art brush and paint three small triangles on the tip of each nail. Allow to dry for a couple of minutes and then repeat with a second coat. You may need to apply one or two more coats to achieve the perfect detail.
Step 5: Detail for GHOST Eyes
I used the back of a pen for the background of the eyes. Dip the back of the pen into the white nail polish and gently place two dots spaced apart on each Ghost. For the pupils, I used a dotting tool. If you don't have one, you can use a variety of house hold items. Just find something small and circular. A toothpick would work just fine.
For the pupils, apply the dots using Dude Blue polish to each Ghost as follows:
Blinky- Looking Upper Right
Pinky- Looking Down Right
Inky- Looking Upper Left
Clyde- Looking Down Left
Step 6: PACMAN
Make sure you have waited at least 30-45 minutes for the black polish to dry before applying the yellow circle for Pacman.
Below, I show you how to use two household items to create the circle for Pacman. For the first method, I used the back of a marker. I had to dip it in the polish three times to create the yellow circle. For the second method, I used the back of a fork that had a small circular ball. I had to dip it in the polish four times to create the yellow circle.
If you feel confident enough, you can paint the circle on with the nail polish brush, but you risk contaminating it with the black polish.
Allow at least 30 minutes for the yellow circle to dry.
Next, using a toothpick, paint a small triangle into the center of the circle for Pacman's mouth. Allow the triangle to dry for at least 30minutes. Last, use your dotting tool or toothpick to apply some Pac-Dots.
Step 7: Apply Top Coat
The final step is to apply a top coat.
Have Fun & Pimp your PACMANICURE!