Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's Made of Stars: A Galaxy Manicure

I want to tell you something about myself.  When I get excited about something, I become pretty soundly obsessed.  Right now, nail art has eclipsed everything short of sleeping and bathing in my world.  I do not claim to be an expert...or even very good.  But I enjoy studying designs and giving them a go.

For all you out there who can't rock a flawless mani, you are not alone!  My technique is improving, yet rough, every nail is a different shape and my cuticles look like I set a pack of beavers on them.   This is a blog for the nail underdog.  My biggest tip going forward is take your time!  Seriously, as soon as I stopped trying to pound out ten fingers in ten mins, my results improved.  /soapbox

Are we going to look at some nails??

This is my first attempt at a Galaxy manicure.  As the name suggests, the idea is to take you nails and create little nebula..nebulas...nebulae? This is a very easy look to play with even for a beginner.

These are the colors I used for this look.  I started with a base coat, I use an Orly Rubberized Manicure Keeper.  I followed this with Sally Hansen Blackout.  The bright colors I used were Sinful Colors Feeling Great and Essence Wanna Be Your Sunshine.  The sparkling stars were created with China Glaze Fairy Dust.

I decided to use a quick dry coat over the initial black base since it was so thick and I have pretty much zero patience.  Once the base dries, use cut up bits of cosmetic sponge and holding them with tweezers dip them into the pink and yellow and then sponge it strategically across the nail.  I did all the yellow first, then went back over with pink when it dried.  After that, I used another piece of sponge and dabbed China Glaze Fairy Dust over the nail.  This works best when you concentrate it on the blackest area of the nail.  That's it!  Finish with a top coat, I use Seche Vite (this lives up to the hype, review coming)

Two tips, keep the layers of color thin....much thinner then I did would have looked better.  I had some bitchin' 80's galaxies.  In hindsight I might have gone back over the colors with some acetone just to mute the colors and blend them out some.  Second, don't cover too much of the nail, the black really enhances the galaxy look when you apply the glitter layer.

Pardon my top coat boogers
If you search galaxy nails you will find quite a few examples and some good tutorials.  The one I referenced heavily was Chalkboard Nails  Hers are hands down the best galaxy nails I've seen.  She has other wonderful tutorials that are well suited to those shaky handed nail no0bs (myself included).

Have you tried this look, what inspires your nail art?


  1. I think your galaxy mani looks awesome, kudos for trying nail art designs - I'm a procrastinating chicken when it comes to nail art ;)
    I love your color selections btw

  2. Thanks! Look into tape manicures. Easy way to try out nail art that is pretty much fool proof. It is also a great way to freshen a manicure that is showing wear and tear. I wish I had more time and stronger skin, I would do a look a day.

  3. I've been dying to try galaxy nails! I just haven't yet because I'm a big ol' procrastinator. Not only that, I still have this darn sticker on my ring finger. I'm waiting until the thing comes off all by itself! Then, then I will have fun trying different kinds of nail art!

  4. I got a set of Bundle Monster nail stamping plates for Christmas and quickly became obsessed. Now I have 3 different sets lol. They are so much fun and it really doesn't take long to get the hang of stamping. I highly recommend it!

  5. I really want to start stamping. Last year I tried and tried to find a Konad kit (too impatient to buy online) Now I see them everywhere. I still have my Konad wheel wish list too. I need to get back on that. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Lmao a pack of beavers!!! I <3 this, can't wait to try it.

  7. This is beautifuuuuuul. I never have the patience for much nail art. I've tried the galaxy nails and it was just an utter fail but man, you've got me wanting to give it a go again.


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