Easy Peasy Nail Tutorial: Galaxy Nails

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Galaxy nails are something I’ve been intending to do FOREVER. I’d just always put it off because it looked complicated and intricate. I am now kicking myself for having taken this long to try it, because as it turns out the real beauty of it is its sheer simplicity! It’s surprisingly quick to do as well, I think it took me about 30 minutes for both hands start to finish.

If you want to try out galaxy nails for yourself, start off by gathering the following bits and pieces together:

Clear base coat
Fast drying topcoat
Black creme polish
White or off white creme polish
Yellow creme polish
Muted pink creme polish
Medium blue creme polish
Deep purple shimmer polish
Holographic or glitter topcoat
Small piece of kitchen sponge
Dotting tool or cocktail stick
Clean up materials (e.g. angled brush and acetone)

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So, first thing first: apply your clear base coat and paint your nails with your black base colour (China Glaze Liquid Leather). Wait for this to dry before creating your galaxy – speed it up with a fast drying topcoat if you want.

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Once the black base is dry, get your small piece of kitchen sponge and wedge it between the arms of a pair of tweezers. This will save your painted nails from getting the spongey smudges you would if you held it directly.

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The shapes of your galaxies are entirely up to you, but varying it across the nails gives it a more organic look. Take your white or off white polish (Illamasqua Load*) and apply a drop to a piece of paper. Dip your sponge piece in the polish and sponge on the basic shape of each galaxy across all of your nails.

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Do the same with your yellow polish (Barielle Lemon Drop). The next few steps are mostly a repeat of the previous one, but you don’t want to be applying each of the following colours right over where you applied the white – be selective, keep each colour near the centre of the galaxy, overlap the edges, etc. You can continue to use the same piece of sponge throughout this design as it helps the colours meld together nicely.

Galaxy6 Easy Peasy Nail Tutorial: Galaxy Nails Add a little muted pink… (Essie Flawless, the bottle is totally colour inaccurate in this photo!)

Galaxy7 Easy Peasy Nail Tutorial: Galaxy Nails Add a little medium blue… (Illamasqua Force)

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At this point, I felt that the galaxies were standing out a little too starkly against the plain black background so I sponged some deep shimmery purple (Illamasqua Baptiste) over the black areas.

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Take the white/off white polish again and a dotting tool (or cocktail stick if you don’t have one). Apply some dots of this near the edges of your galaxies – dot it on to each nail rapidly, and just use as much polish as you have on your tool without re-dipping it in polish. You don’t want them to be perfectly round, opaque dots, because stars aren’t perfect!

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Use your holographic or glittery topcoat over the black areas of the nail only – avoid the galaxies! Now all that’s left is to finish with a quick-drying topcoat and to clean up the messy edges. Et voila! Galaxy nails!

See! How easy is that?! Told you so.

Will you be giving this a go?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07518872445831636223 GlitterInfatuation Jazz

    Really pretty I love galaxy nails so easy to do an different every time :D

    Jazz x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks! Exactly, I love really organic nail designs that look different every time :-) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05803485661236126372 Katie Walker

    Wow! This looks amazing! and so simple too!



    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks, glad you like :-) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17418684399766279440 Laura

    I love galaxy nails, this post makes me want to have another go! x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Dooo it! It’s so easy :-D x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08051159664666646418 Sophie

    Love these, you have lovely nails!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thank you my love :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15277027976919378245 Enigma

    Really easy to do which is the best thing! :D

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Precisely! Who can be bothered with stuff that takes forever and is super difficult? :-D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02392562218868434083 Joy

    Great tutorial, Leanne! This looks amazing! I’m definitely going to have to give this a go x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thank you, glad you like it! Tweet me a picture when you try it :-) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01684425731372729281 HeartsAndCrosses

    This nails look incredible, I really want to try it!



    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks – be sure to show me if you do! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04326188460158185336 Kimberley K

    Finally a Galaxy Nail Art Tutorial that makes it look so easy! Thank you! I’ll definitely be trying this out soon :D x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Yeeah get in! Can’t wait to see :-) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15375851396964850492 Jodie-Winyan

    why you so amazing at doing nails?!
    im so jel :( xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Haha it’s just practice – and there’s a million bloggers out there who are a million times better at nails than I am! But thanks :-) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00545285544079995566 xXxStundonxXx

    Woah this looks so good and not oo difficult. Fab tutorial. Xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15839750983234410265 Naktsmeita

    I did my first cosmic nails thanks to you :))

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the fab tutorial! Trying it out now xo