How to Do: Galaxy Nails

by Meg on November 28, 2011


Guest post By Ariana Ferrone

Let’s get real – there aren’t many things cooler than learning about space. Star nurseries, nebulas, supernovae… the universe is totally awesome. I look up pictures of galaxies, not cats, when I’m dorking out online.

I found a fantastic way to express how much I love space on various nail art blogs – galaxy nails. There are lots of variations of this tutorial, but this is how I did it.

I’ll list the brands I used for this manicure, but essentially, you need:


  • 2 dark polishes – navy blue, purple, or black
  • 3 accent polishes – deep reds, deep greens, and lighter purples
  • 2 light polishes – light blue, yellow, whites or off-whites
  • 1 glitter polish
  • Base and Top Coat
  • Small makeup sponges


1)   After applying your base coat and letting it dry, apply two coats of your primary dark polish. I used Gosh (601) Fairytale. Before it dries completely, blot the centre of your nail with a small sponge. Try and make the shape slightly oval and allow yourself to make each shape original.

2)   Using your secondary dark polish, apply some accent colour around the edge of the blotted section and draw it upwards to your cuticles. You can sponge the edges around here too. The colour I used here was Nicole by OPI’s Show You Care.

3)   This is where you can freestyle it. Using your accent polishes, create swirls of cosmic dust all over the blotted area and its edges. Remember, you’re trying to make a galaxy here. I used a blend of iridescent green, pink, and purple: Nicole by OPI’s Iceberg Lotus, Change the World, and Virtuous Violet.

4)   Finally, use your light colours to highlight the centre of your galaxies. I used an opalescent off-white, OPI’s A Princess, You’re Not!

5)   For the finishing touch, apply one coat of glitter nail polish to give the appearance of stars. Sally Hansen’s Strobe Light worked well for me! Follow up with a top coat.

This is a fun way to show off your nail-painting skills and your love of all things galactic. It only takes 15 minutes to complete this manicure and the results are just phenomenal! (Did you think I was gonna say out of this world?) Rock it, ladies.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Alli Prokop December 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

I love painting my nails; I am totally going to try this!


jessica August 5, 2012 at 12:27 am

yeah me to i love painting my nails but this looks like its a bit hard but im gunna try doing newspaper nails<3


Brady Whal February 19, 2012 at 5:52 am

Interesting description. I love to make out the print Martha


Susan. L June 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I tried this before , It didn’t really work it for me..
Ill surely try it aqain! Hope It Works! x


Effie July 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Hey! I tried this and I love love LOVED the way they turned out! My friends asked me how I did them, and I’ve received so many compliments on them. I’ve directed them to this tutorial. Keep up the good work and thank you for the great tutorial! Xoxo <3


danya Q. :)$$ July 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

hey , r really great at doin galaxy nails
can u teach me cause i really loved the nails
u did in tht video !!!:):):)<3


MilkaB98 November 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

love it<3 really much..:D must try it…:D


Amanda February 19, 2013 at 1:26 am

I love these! I’ve tried them once, and they turned out pretty well :)


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