Try This Galaxy Nail Art Tutorial

It's out of this world (get it?!).
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It's out of this world (get it?!).
galaxy manicure

Honestly, the more I look at this pic, the more I love this manicure. It is SO easy, and actually looks like what it claims to be!

Remember how I gave you my camping beauty tips a few weeks ago? Well, believe it or not, that's also where I also got the inspiration for this nail art look. When I went camping for the first time last year, I was introduced to the beauty of the night sky. I'm not ashamed to say I'm quite the city girl, and I honestly didn't know that it was possible to see that many stars in the sky at once! Each night when I was camping, we'd find somewhere dark, lay down on a towel (or the wet grass... I didn't even care if I got a bit damp, THAT'S how nice it was) and would just stare at the stars.

Now I'm back in the city, and the night sky here really doesn't compare. Thought process: "Why not (attempt) to make my nails as nice as the sky at night when I was camping?!" So here's the result: galaxy nail art!

What You Need

galaxy nail products
  • A makeup/foundation sponge
  • Base colour (I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Black Out)
  • Three colours to create the "nebula." I used —in this order—Love & Beauty by Forever 21 in Unique (light blue), Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue It (dark blue) and Quo by Orly in Mystic Night (purple)
  • A sparkly top coat (I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Strobe Light)
  • Base and top coat

Step One

Apply your base coat. My personal favourite is Sally Hansen Miracle Cure Strengthener.

Step Two

base layer sally hansen

Paint your nails with the black nail polish. I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Black Out. This specific Sally Hansen line becomes a re-occuring theme with these galaxy nails (if you hadn't already noticed from the picture above... 3 out of 5 of my polishes are Sally Hansen! Talk about promoting!).

Step Three (a.k.a. The Fun Part!)

Now, you need to pick three colours to make your "nebula." There are no real rules for what colours can or cannot appear in space, so you can use whatever colours are in your own personal collection of polishes.

Step Four

Take your lightest colour. Mine was Love & Beauty by Forever 21 in Unique.

Grab your make-up sponge, ladies! Hopefully you don't mind designating one sponge for your nail art ventures because, let me tell you, the nail polish does NOT wash out of the sponge. You can probably tell from the picture above of my very-used sponge. However, you can re-use the same parts of it over and over again, so it doesn't really matter.

Use the nail polish brush to plop some polish onto the sponge.

Pro Tip: If you use one corner of the sponge, you have a lot more control and the potential to be more precise with your nebula's placement!

Dab the colour whereever you want. Some nails I did on one side, some down the middle, and some diagonally. The best part about this nail art is that it doesn't really matter!

love and beauty nail polish forever 21

Step Five

Repeat Step Four with a new colour, dabbing it somewhere different on the nail. This darker blue is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue It. You don't need to use different parts of the sponge each time you start with a new colour. That's why I suggest starting with the lightest colour so it doesn't mix all funny on the sponge.

second layer sally hansen - hard as nails xtreme wear

Now, on to the third colour! The purple I used is Quo by Orly in Mystic Night.

quo by orly third layer

Pro Tip: You want to see all three nebula colours on each nail to get the full out-of-this-world effect, so try not to completely cover up the previous colour.

Step Six

Okay, so, here is a little secret. The stars (also known as: any sparkly polish you have in your collection) are what MAKES this manicure. Without the sparkles, it just looks like a mumble jumble of moody and cool-toned colours. Literally, you put on the sparkly polish, and BAM! Your nails look like the night sky.

sally hansen sparkly stars - Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Strobe Light

See what I mean?! I actuallythink it looks like a wicked cool close up of some crazy space-nebula-vortex thing.

Now, seal all that good stuff up with a top coat, and there you have it! Guess it turns out you don't need to be in the country to see a beautiful starry night.

Hope you nail it!

Rikki Ciminsky is a student at Ryerson University in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @rikki_see.

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