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Monday, July 30, 2012

Into the Glitterverse: Galaxy Nails

I've only done galaxy nails once, and they were WAAAY back in September as part of the 31 Day Challenge! I thought I'd like to do them again; they have a really awesome effect.


I started with a base of OPI Black Onyx.

Then, once that was dry, I tore off bits of a triangle makeup sponge. I used the rough, torn edges to dab on tiny amounts of a few different polishes. First, I started with Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver (umm, sidenote, this may be my current polish crush). Then, I used Sally Hansen Blue It, Orly Frolic, and China Glaze White On White, in that order. When doing the sponging for this step, less is more. You can always add more layers of color for a stronger effect if needed, so only sponge on small amounts at a time.


After I was done sponging on the layers of colors, I painted China Glaze Fairy Dust in the black spaces where I hadn't sponged anything. You don't want to put the Fairy Dust over the whole nail, as it will overwhelm your nail art. Let the sponged bits speak for themselves!

Finally, I added larger white spots with a dotting tool to represent the stars that are "closer" to the viewer.


As an awesome celestial bonus, when this manicure is in the sun, the holographic glitter in Fairy Dust twinkles like distant starts. It's very cool.


I am very pleased with the way that these turned out. Overall, I think they look very spacey. I also like that they are kind of cool-toned while my first galaxy manicure was more warm-toned! It's a different type of look but they still feel like they go together.


Have you tried galaxy nails before? I have to say, they are much easier than they seem! If you like the way these turned out but are kind of hesitant, I strongly urge you to give this a try. You may be surprised by how simple they are to achieve. You could even try out color combinations and practice your sponging on paper beforehand!


Hope you enjoyed these! <3

70 comments:

  1. I love your galaxies... very well executed. I've always thought that the "close up stars" remind me of OPI Pirouette my Whistle, so I'm going to try that as part of my galaxies sometime...

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  2. I love it! I need to try this.

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  3. This is breathtakingly stunning...probably my favourite galaxy nails so far!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! They look so professional. You are super talented!! X

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  5. This is one of your most awesome styles! Well done!

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  6. These are gorgeous! I have always wanted to do galaxy nails but never gotten time to. But these are lovely and so inspiring!

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  7. Superb! This is definitely stunning.

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  8. I love that you didn't use ChG Fairy dust all over. Ive always thought it looked too busy with sparkles all over. These are fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  9. This is so beautiful!! I wish I could do something like that... When you describe it, it sounds so easy, but when I try it - all I get is a black mess LOL
    Maybe one day though...

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  10. I love it! Amazing as usual! I think I'm going to try these soon....

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  11. These are legitimately the best galaxy nails I've ever seen.

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  12. This is one of my favorites of yours, full of intergalactic goodness!

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  13. Wow, Sarah! I love your galaxy nails!! It was a brilliance to sponge the Fairy Dust over a portion rather than the whole mani. You never cease to amaze!

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  14. Wow! Awesome! You should do a tutorial for this technique. They are so cute!

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  15. Sarah, you are an artistic genius!! ;)

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  16. These are just so moody and beautiful. I love how subtle all the color use is.

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  17. Galaxy Nails never fail to impress :D

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  18. I haven't done a Galaxy Nail in forever- you're making me want to do another!

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  19. I really like how you put the glitter only in some parts of the nail as opposed to the whole nail, that creates an interesting effect!

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  20. Stunning! I have never done galaxy nails, but I think I should try!

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  21. 1. These are beautiful. Here is another example of a nail art design I was never attracted to but you changed my mind. 2. I mentioned you in Purple Leopard nails on my blog and added a link to your blog. If you would prefer I not do that I will remove it. My intention was to make it easy for my readers to see where I got the help and inspiration to do that design.

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    1. No, of course I don't mind that you linked my blog! Thank you!

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  22. Love these! One of my fav galaxy nails!

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  23. Love x infinity! (& beyond! lol)
    I need to try galaxy nails!

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  24. They're so gorgeous Sarah! I really love how yours look kinda different than others, more realistic colours. Really neat! The 2001: A Space Odyssey Strauss opening song started playing in my head when I was reading the post haha.

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  25. Love them! Wanna try them soon

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  26. Truly beautiful! I've been thinking of trying to do Galaxy Nails, but I've been so busy. :/ Yours look amazing! I will try right after the current swatching I need to do and some nail art I had already planned on doing! :D

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  27. These are sooo amazing! Beautiful nails, and I will have to try sometime :)

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  28. These look amazing! I can just get lost in your nails!

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  29. So pretty! Would love to try them... just a teeny bit intimidated by how complex it looks

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  30. Stunning as always! I do admit to being completely scared of trying these.

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  31. This is outta this world!
    Seriously, I am trying this.
    I hope it comes out half as good as yours.
    It is very very cool!

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  32. Stunning! You've certainly inspired me to not be too wussy and take a stab at this! Do you think you could sponge over the glitter for a similar effect?

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  33. Love them! I like this set better than your first, but it's awesome to be able to compare the warm and cool tones.

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  34. Amazing! I will have to try sometime although I'm not sure I'd have the same results- yours came out so great!!

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  35. This is amazing! I absolutely love it. Gonna try it next time I feel like doing some nail art. Hopefully it comes out as good as yours

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  36. Love the tutorial. I've been trying to find a good 'how to' post on how to do galaxy nails. Super manicure, btw!

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  37. These are by far the best galaxy nails I've seen!

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  38. Both this and your Sept Galaxy nails are awesome! love them both =)

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  39. I tried this!!! Please check it out! :)

    http://luckybeauty07.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/galaxy-nail-tutorial.html

    Sophie xx

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  40. Parabéns Sarah!
    Sua galaxy nails ficou linda!
    Você é uma inspiração pra mim!
    Beijos ♥

    http://ficadikmabe.blogspot.com.br/

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  41. Move over, Madeline Poole!

    No but seriously these are some badass galaxy nails. I've been itching to do some lately but I think I'm going to do the 31-day challenge soon so I'm trying to hold off until then. Love yours!

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  42. I am new to nail art. This is awesome. Who's you would do "how to" video showing the different techniques (ie sponging, using dot tool) thank you!!
    Jennifer

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  43. I really really need to try this! My family loves stargazing (my kids were out at 1:45 a.m the other night to watch the meteor shower lol)

    Your nails look, ahem, out of this world ;) xoxo

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  44. Stunning! I've never seen a design like this before

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  45. Amazing mani! Love this so much! <3

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  46. Just an aside... I picked up a (free) large square of thick safety compliant glass from my local independent glass shop, and I use that for sponging and for when I need a pallet. I just take the dry polish off after with a window scraper. It's reusable, sanitary and cost effective... xXx

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  47. I can't say I hate it, because I love it!!

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  48. Wow looks great!!!

    XOXO Sandl

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