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Tutorial – DIY Galaxy Nails! | The Polished Fox

Tutorial – DIY Galaxy Nails!

 

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

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!

Tools needed:

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)

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Polishes used:

Base: Elizabeth

Applied in order:

Gunta

Gayle

Drew

Daisy

Renee

Susie

Kate

Freedom Topcoat

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Application:

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.

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

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!

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

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.

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Slowly begin building the colors on top of the base, gradually keeping the lighter colors tighter and closer to the middle of the galaxy.

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

We’re getting close…

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

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!

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

Tutorial: DIY Galaxy nails | The Polished Fox

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.

4 Responses to “Tutorial – DIY Galaxy Nails!”

  1. Beauty By Krystal March 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    WOW! This is the best galaxy nails I’ve seen, I love the colors you’ve used and the little glitter stars <3

  2. Jenny March 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    These turned out so cool! I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the breakdown on how to put it together.

  3. Cristina April 7, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    These are the best galaxy nails I’ve seen so far! And I prefer the glitter instead of the white dots, looks a lot more realistic! Awesome :D

  4. Emma Surrarrer July 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Love this! Used your colors and glitter idea with acrylic paints and turned out great :)

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