Galaxy Nail Tutorial
Published Jan 07, 2012
The galaxy nail trend is taking off right now, so why not join the fun? Creating this detailed glitter manicure may seem like it could take light years, but with a few colors and a little sparkle, you can have a vibrant nebula on your fingertips too!
Dark nail polish for base color
Light color for base of nebula
Two to three bright nail polish colors to create nebulae
Piece of paper
Using a dark shade, preferably a deep blue or black, apply one or two coats of nail polish on top of your base coat to serve as the base color of your space design. Then sponge on your first layer of light color (we used a pale green) in thin layers and allow to dry. This serves as a starting highlight in the background of your nebula.
Use a sponge to lightly dab a thin layer of a bright color (we chose pink) onto the base of your nebula. If you get too much polish on the sponge, just dab it off on the paper. Wait one to two minutes between each application so that the colors can dry. When you put another coat on top of a color, the lacquers re-activate and are easier to blend because the layers are wet again. Repeat process with as many colors as you want.
Add stars by applying one or two coats of a glitter polish on top of your design. We suggest using a nail polish that contains different size glitter to give the illusion of dimension and distance. To make sure your new space-age manicure will last, apply a top coat and you’re ready to blast off!
Show us your galaxy nails in the comments below!