Thursday, August 8, 2013

Galaxy Nails (Tutorial)

Galaxy print has been on just about every form of clothing lately. Shirts, socks, shoes, pants, you name it. Black Milk Clothing's ridiculously awesome leggings would be by far the most popular of the galaxy theme. You can check them out here.
If you feel like galaxy print is too loud for your clothing style (like me), applying the print to your nails is a cool way to show it off in a much quieter way.
Here's how I create my galaxy nails:

(This was my reference picture, I suggest you find a picture of a galaxy that you love and recreate it!)
Step 1: Paint your nails black. I used OPI- Black Onyx.

Step 2: Take a cotton wedge and cut a random chunk of it off. This does not need to be perfect in any way. The weirder and more ragged it is, the cooler the stamp. Since the wedge chunk is so small, I used tweezers to hold it.
Step 3: Apply a drop of polish onto some scrap paper and stamp your sponge into it.
*Tip: stamp your sponge onto your paper a few times to remove any large amount of polish.
Step 4: Sponge your blue onto random areas of the nail. If you feel like you've applied too much blue, stamp over it with the black. This is fool proof and there's no right or wrong way.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 2 & 3. Except this time instead of blue, use a green color and then stamp it onto your nail. As you can see, I stamped the green lightly around the blue.
Step 6: Repeat the same process as you did with the blue and green, except this time add purple.
Step 7: Sponge on some white. These will resemble the random clusters of stars.
Step 8: Take a tack or something with a very fine tip, and apply some of your bigger brighter stars. Here I used white and gold.
Step 9: Lastly, add a glitter top coat. This is the best part. It really pulls together the entire print and it looks like tons of tiny little stars. I suggest adding only a thin coat of glitter at a time, you don't want to completely hide all of your cool colors underneath.
And that's how I created my galaxy nails. This would also look cool as an accent nail if you didn't feel like taking the time out and doing every nail like I did. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.


  1. Awesome post!! You make it look totally doable! I'm going to try on my sister right now!

    1. thank you! let me know how it turns out or if you have any questions!

  2. This looks great? Can you say which glitter polish you used as the top coat?

    1. thank you! I believe I used China Glaze - fairy dust

  3. This is great! But it could use some pink though! (lol)