galaxy nails

Fingerfood’s theme buffet: Galaxies

It’s not been long since I last did galaxy nails, but they are a look I really love and want to learn to perfect so having missed a couple of weeks of the theme buffet challenge this was a great one to jump back in with.

I decided to go with a pink themed galaxy this time and think it’s turned out fairly well. I’m really happy with the thumb which I think has the right balance of dark and bright to create the illusion of depth that makes galaxy nails look so good.

I always enjoy doing galaxy nails as I love sponging and there’s something very satisfying about doing something which feels quite random and you’re not 100% sure how they’re gonna turn out and then getting a result you’re happy with (hopefully!) I also like that you can just keep adding layers til it looks right!


I used: Inky Six – Butter London, Sky – Picture Polish, Fairy Floss – Picture Polish, Luna – Zoya, Incognito in Sausalito – OPI, Pomegranate – Barry M

Techniques Challenge: Galaxy Nails

I know I’m really late for this one but I actually did them much earlier in the week and then didn’t get round to posting them because I went out to see actual stars for the meteor shower that happened this week. We went out of the city to a park with some friends and had a little evening picnic while watching for shooting stars. It was a really lovely night but as I usually post on my blog in the evenings it kind of threw me even more off schedule than I should have been!

Anyway, galaxy nails! A design I really love but have only actually done once before. I’ve kept meaning to come back and try it again and this challenge is just what I needed together me going and have another go at this gorgeous technique.

I was pretty pleased with the way these turned out and like the more subtle colours I chose this time round. I’ll definitely revisit galaxy nails again soon!


I used so many different colours I don’t think it’s worth listing them all!

Galaxy Nails

Galaxy nails are something I’d wanted to try since I first started doing my nails last year. And so I finally got round to giving them a go. I watched a lot of tutorials before I started and found that the idea was similar for most designs. I particularly liked this tutorial from nail art 101, cute polish’s video tutorial and this tutorial by 3dnailart who used really nice colours.

So most tutorials advised starting with a coat of black but there were a few who chose a dark blue instead. I went with a dark blue with fine glitter in it: Jacob’s Protection – Essence.

Then I added a very light coat of silver glitter: Electric Avenue – Nails Inc

Next came the sponging part and I used a variety of colours in tiny amounts starting with a thin pearly white: Top of the Ice Stream – Essence and then a bit of yellow, blue and purple (Mellow Yellow – Sally Hansen, Matte Aqua – BYS, Baker Street – Nails Inc and Impulsive – Revlon)

Then I added little white dots to make stars. I really loved the way cutepolish had done lots of tiny stars really close to each other instead of random spaced out dots like other tutorials showed so I tried to copy this.

I finished the whole thing off with a light coat of a silver holographic polish: Hello Holo – Essence but I don’t think the coat was light enough and it looked a bit too busy. Maybe I should have sponged the holo on or left it out completely.


I was quite happy with the result but really felt there was too much going on and it needed to be a bit simpler. I think this is a technique/design that needs several attempts to try out different colours, number of dots and amounts of glitter to get it just right – so I’ll more than likely be returning to this to try and get it as I want it.