Hello, everyone! This post features my tutorial on how to do galaxy nails with pictures!
Click the gallery for step-by-step instructions with the accompanying pictures! This was simple and easy to do, as well as rewarding. I love how my nails turned out, and I’m very happy with the colors I used.
Check it out now!
Step 1: Apply a base coat! A base coat is important for this nail polish look because the black is so dark and will definitely stain your nails. Then use a black nail polish (make sure it’s fully opaque- use 2 coats if necessary) for your galaxy background.
Step 2: Use a small piece of a makeup sponge held with tweezers (I just cut a piece off a larger one) and dab on your first galaxy color. I chose a metallic blue/green shade. I just put some nail polish on a piece of plastic and dabbed color into it and pressed it onto my nails with the sponge. Make sure to blend well! But don’t get it too chunky- less is more for this look.
Step 3: Dab on your second galaxy polish color. This should be a light color (light blue, light green, light grey, white, etc). Again, blend this shade in well. Follow this color with the first polish used to layer the look. This will give your galaxy nails a nice blended finish that looks more natural.
Step 4: Dab on a medium pink shade, like the one I used. Use this color sparingly and try to be more random about where you dab. Don’t focus this color on one area, spread it around a bit. You want the galaxies on your nail to look dimensional! Blend well.
Step 5: This step is completely optional, however, I feel like it adds a nice highlight. The color I used is a sheer, glittery orange. If you include this step, dab this color on the outer edges of your galaxy, mostly on the black base color.
Step 6: This is the most important step to really getting your nails to look like galaxies! For this step, you need a clear nail polish/top coat with micro glitter. I chose this specific one because the glitters aren’t bulky, creating a more natural look. However, I’ve seen other galaxy nail art that takes it a stop further using chunky glitter sparingly, in random areas to create the effect of twinkling stars (after the micro glitter coat). In addition, I’ve also seen some where they use a tiny dotting tool/toothpick with white nail polish to create stars. I’ve even seen some stars drawn on with white polish. But I honestly prefer this simpler look I’ve created, because I wanted the focal point to be solely on the galaxy design, not on the glitters or faux stars.
Step 7: Wait for your nails to dry. Then use a shiny top coat to seal everything together and fully blend in all of your nail polish layers. I also used my Alessandro nail drying drops to speed up the drying process and to add even more shine to my nails.
Add a cool Instagram filter, and you have some simple, beautiful, and out of this world nails!
Have any of you guys tried galaxy nails yet? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe! As always, feel free to ask me any questions or leave any tips/tricks for me about this look.