Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Galaxy Nail Fun!

I've been seeing tons of pins on Pinterest with cool, starry looking nails. I assumed it was one of those Sally Hansen Salon Effects, which are cool but not for me, so I ignored the pictures. However, one caught my eye the other day and I ended up following the link to a YouTube video on how to create Galaxy Nails. By the end of the video, I knew I must give them a try! So, here is my first attempt at Galaxy Nails. I took pictures the whole way through to make it easier to understand. However, definitely look up a video if you're confused by the process! Enjoy!

Here's what you'll need:
A dark base coat, white, and then any other accent colors you'd like! I chose to have more of a purplish theme, but you can go with green, yellow, orange, anything you want! You'll also need a sparkly top coat!

You'll also need a make-up sponge. Rip it into tiny pieces:

Galaxy Nails Tutorial

First, start with a darker base color. I've seen black recommended the most, but I had this awesome dark sparkly brown (OPI My Private Jet) that I really wanted to use. I did two coats and I allowed them to dry for about 5-10 minutes.

OPI My Private Jet
After you have your base coat, drip one or two drops of your white polish onto a piece of paper. Take one of your sponge pieces and, holding onto it with tweezers, dab it around on your nail in a shape you like. I dabbed my sponge on the paper once or twice before starting on my nail so there wasn't any excess polish.

Galaxy Nails
Each layer dries fairly quickly, so after you have the white on, repeat the process with your next color. Mine was purple. Dab your second color around the outside of the white and over the white a little as well.

Galaxy Nails
Continue on with your next color, dabbing it lightly on top of the previous colors.

Galaxy Nails How To
The blue is meant to blend the other colors into your darker base coat. Blend it in around the edges of your other colors.

Galaxy Nail Tutorial
I finished off with a little orange glitter I had. I just placed it in one or two random spots around my nail.

Galaxy Nail Tutorial
Finish up with a glittery top coat (and a plain top coat on top of that, if you want!). I chose one with smaller and larger hexagonal glitter pieces so I would have stars of different sizes. And viola, you have Galaxy Nails! You can also dot white around the nail to look like stars. I tried it on my pinky nail and I didn't like how it looked, so I dabbed blue over the dots. :)

Galaxy Nail Tutorial
Galaxy Nail Tutorial
Galaxy Nails Tutorial
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