Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Artsy Wednesday: Galaxy Nails

I've seen a lot of galaxy nails floating around, but never got around to trying it. Lucky it came up for Artsy Wednesday, or I'd never have had the strange god-like feeling of having galaxies at my fingertips!


I started with a base of Borghese Tempesta Black, a black with subtle silver shimmer. Then I randomly sponged on ulta3 Lily White, the most opaque white I own. I alternated between orange- and purple-toned galaxies for each nail.

For the orange toned galaxies, I sponged ulta3 Tropez (bronze shimmer) over the white, leaving some plain white in the middle. Then I sponged W7 Envy around the edges and shaped the galaxy with Tempesta Black, and added stars with some Winmax Long Type #27, an orange-toned iridescent glitter topcoat. I finished with Seche Vite.

For the purple toned nails, I substituted ulta3 Pearly Grape (fuschia shimmer) for Tropez.

My favourite nail:

This design looked very impressive for not very much effort - it took only 15 minutes to do one hand after the base dried. And it's pretty much foolproof since they're supposed to look irregular. I can see myself doing this in the future for any special occasion that's even remotely related to space!

More galaxy nails:

50 comments:

  1. Your galaxy nails are beautiful, I love the color combination!

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  2. Beautiful job! Love looking at what you come up with!

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    1. Thanks! I was pretty proud of this one.

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  3. i love galaxy nails, yours came out amazing!

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    1. Thanks! Are you going to try it out?

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  4. These look really pretty! =)

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    1. Thank you! They were pretty sparkly on my nails :)

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  5. These are some of the best I've ever seen. I feel like so many galaxy manis come out looking overdone, but yours is subtle and simple. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I kind of tried to make it look realistic :)

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  6. Galaxy nails are always blowing my mind by how simple but complex they look! So awesome!

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    1. They are honestly so easy to do - the sponge does all the "complex" work :)

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  7. wow, awesome galaxy manicure :-D

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    1. Thanks! :) I'm very impressed with them, they didn't take as much effort as I thought they would!

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  9. Gorgeous and I love,love, love the glitter! :)

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    1. How awesome is the glitter - $2.80 from Daiso! :)

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    1. Thank you Mel, you did a great job yourself!

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  11. Gorgeous! My nails are freakishly short, but I must try this!

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  12. This is a gorgeous galaxy..love the glitters

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    1. Thank you Tif - the glitter is great! One of my new favourites :)

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  13. These came out fabulously!! (^_^)

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    1. They did, didn't they? I was properly surprised, totally expected it to be a hot mess!

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  14. these r really really really good michelle!! xxx

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    1. Thanks Catrine, I really liked yours too!

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  15. Oh my!! These a friggen gorgeous!
    I'm not usually a galazy mani fan, but I'm truly digging these.

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    1. Thanks Bec! You should do them, I love your manis!

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  16. Impressive. I hope you don't mind my asking, how did the other hand turn out?

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    1. I haven't actually tried it out as a full mani yet, but it was actually quite easy, I've tried much worse, time- and fiddly-wise *cough drag marble cough*

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    2. And it helps a lot that the nails aren't meant to look the same, and the design is very thin *cough stupid drag marble cough*

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    3. Oh, I don't even want to try marbling. Any sort of marbling. But galaxy is on my to do list and I just love how yours turned out so I couldn't help but wonder how does one do it on non-dominant hand. I think I'll just go with one accent nail.

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    4. Nah, I reckon it'll be hard to screw up since you're using a tiny sponge, not a brush or pin or anything like that. The sponge would be way easier to manipulate!

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  17. What's that Orly you're holding in the picture?

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  18. dang! definitely one of the best galaxy nails i have ever seen

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  19. oooh, I really love this nail art and your blog!

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