I’ve been painting my nails since I can remember, but just this last year I got really interested in nail art. Instagram was what sparked my creative fire on my ten tiny canvases and I love trying new things on my nails! The (unexpectedly) easy manicure I keep coming back to is the Galaxy Nail – and I’m going to show you how to do it!
1 triangle make-up sponge
1 pot of loose glitter (I used Julep’s translucent white glitter)
1 small concealer brush for cleaning up rogue polish on cuticles
A good moisturizer after polishing to rehydrate cuticles (I like Julep’s Rockstar hand creme)
Applied in order:
After prepping for your mani, start with a base coat of Elizabeth. It’s a great deep navy blue with a light shimmer that is a good base for galaxy nails. Plus, it’s my name! Make sure it’s completely dry before galaxy-ing.
Take the make up sponge and rip it into three pieces. It’s easier to work with the tiny corners on such a small canvas.
Dab a small amount of your first polish (Gunta) on the corner of a piece of the sponge. Just a dab will do!
Begin gently sponging the polish onto your nails in a nebula-esque shape. I like to have them go in all sorts of directions – across the nail diagonally, one peeking in from the side, one big one in the center – play with it! The first application of the darker colors can be wider, since we’re going to build on top of it.
Slowly begin building the colors on top of the base, gradually keeping the lighter colors tighter and closer to the middle of the galaxy.
We’re getting close…
Smooth it all out with a thin layer of Julep’s Freedom Topcoat. While the topcoat is still tacky, sprinkle on the loose glitter. A little goes a long way – or lay it on thick and get your sparkle on. Either way, it’s going to look amazing! Add another layer of topcoat to secure the glitter and cure for five minutes under a light bulb. Clean up the cuticles with acetone and a small brush – then admire your handiwork!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! What do you think – would you try galaxy nails?
This post was originally created as a guest blog for Julep. I was compensated for my time.