Galaxy Nails Tutorial
Better late than never, here’s my tutorial for the galaxy nails I created for day 19 of the 31 Day Challenge. What’s great about this look is that there’s not really a wrong way to do it. It doesn’t have to be precise, and it’s almost better if each nail looks slightly different from one another. This is my first tutorial so let me know if I left anything out or if any of the steps are confusing! ^_^
Galaxy Nails Tutorial
1. I started out with two coats of Sonia Kashuk’s Starry Night. It’s a great and inexpensive black creme filled with silver micro-shimmer, which I thought worked really well for galaxy nails. If you don’t have access to this polish (purchased at Target), any black creme or black polish with silver shimmer will do just fine.
2. I then ripped up a makeup sponge into about 8-10 tiny, non-uniform pieces. I used a set of tweezers to pick up my sponge pieces, dip them into the polish, then lightly sponged a stripe or swirl of white polish (I used French White Creme by Wet n Wild) across each nail. Make sure you leave a good amount of the black polish showing still.
3. I then took another piece of my ripped up makeup sponge to repeat step two, this time with yellow polish (I used Lightening by Sally Hansen). Try to leave a little bit of the white showing around the yellow polish.
4. Repeat the same sponging process with a rose/dusty pink color. Focus on the center of your ‘nebula’, leaving a good amount of yellow polish showing around the top and bottom of each nail. I used Essie’s Lion Around for this step.
5. I then took my blue polish (I used Wet n Wild Blue Moon) and lightly sponged it over the bits of white polish that I’d previously left alone in the last few steps. I also sponged some of the blue around the perimeter of the yellow and pink polish on each nail, but very lightly since you still want some of that to show through in the final look.
6. Then I took both Orly Space Cadet and Orly Galaxy Girl and sponged them onto each nail. I sponged Galaxy Girl on first, concentrating on lightly dusting it over the pink and yellow portions of each nail. I followed it up with sponging Space Cadet lightly over everything EXCEPT for the space that is still just black polish.
7. I then used a white polish, a toothpick and a small dotting tool to add my “stars” sporadically across each nail. There’s no rhyme or reason here, just go to town. If you like lots of stars, add ‘em. If you only want a star here or there, that’s fine too. ^_^ Just make sure you wait a few minutes after this step before moving on, this gives your ‘stars’ time to set so they won’t smear when you add your top coat.
8. This step is very optional! I took Lynnderella’s Bride Of Franken, and put a thin layer on the black space that surrounds each ‘nebula’ on my nails. I think it adds another dimension of the space/intergalactic feel to the look. I know a lot of people don’t have access to this specific polish, but I think that something like INM’s Northern Lights Top Coat would work just as well and it’s easier to come by.
9. I used a q-tip dipped in pure acetone to clean up the polish left on my fingers around each nail. I then took an angled eyeliner brush dipped in acetone to clean up my cuticle area. Finally, I added a layer of top coat to each nail. Once your nails are dry, add your favorite cuticle cream to your fingers to rehydrate them after playing with the acetone. Your galaxy nails are now complete!
Here’s bottle shots of all the polishes I used, minus the Lynnderella polish since that one is quite rare.
And here’s my “art palette”: a ripped up makeup sponge, tweezers, and wax paper with dots of polish all over it.