Galaxy Nails Tutorial

Difficulty - Intermediate

I was really excited to do this galaxy nails tutorial because they are so unique and personal to the artist doing them. There's no right or wrong! So bearing that in mind, this is more just "guidelines" than a tutorial because there is a million and one way to this style of nails!

In this tutorial I used Sinful Colors in Ciao Bella (which I seem to use for every look on this site, I love it!) with a coat of Sinful Colors Frenzy over it for the base. I also used Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in White On, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Mint Sprint, Beauty UK in Black and Lilac Girl, and for the glittery top coat I used Wet n Wild Fast Dry in Party of Five Glitters.

Galaxy Nails Tutorial


Tips & Tricks

  • When you're sponging, less is more. You can always add more polish, but one big glob can ruin your mani.
  • I try to treat the white as a central focal point and work out from there, but don't be afraid to experiment with different shapes. If you hate it, you can sponge over with a darker color.
  • If it looks a bit plain, do some tiny white dots for stars.
  • To me, galaxy nails are all about depth. Space goes on forever, so you want to have lots of different layers. The glitter sandwich technique is a good way to get the "distant stars look".
  • Prefer a video? I like this one from Cute Polish.

Get Inspired!

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