Everyone, I’d like you to meet my preciouses! I was very hesitant to try galaxy nails for day nineteen of the 31 Day Challenge because my only previous attempt turned into a horribly messy purple blob. Hint: don’t use a kitchen sponge under the influence of muscle relaxants. Bigger hint: don’t use any kind of sponge at all - I don’t care what all the YouTube gurus say!
I ultimately used over twenty different polishes in this design, so I’m not going to list them all, but I will go over my general process:
First I applied base coat and quick drying black polish to my nails. Then, to create fine background stars, I lightly patted on two or three darker polishes that had some shimmer using a large, fluffy paint brush. (I used a similar technique for the background of my ghost nails this Halloween.) This step is barely noticeable once your galaxies and nebulae are finished, but it still adds a little extra something.
Next, I took a smaller paint brush and lightly tapped on the shapes of my galaxies and nebulae, attempting to make them look as if I had sponged them on. Since the paint brush allowed me to have finer detail, I decided to do some spiral galaxies because I haven’t seen anyone do them before.
Once my galaxies were outlined, I patted on all the rest of the colors with the large, fluffy brush, starting with yellow in the center and working outward with green, blues, purples, salmon, and pink. I also went back and added some orange and red to the centers. Sometimes the colors got a bit muddled, so I went back over with a bit of white to clear things up and then resumed patting on colors.
When it comes to color, most tutorials I saw used exclusively creme polishes. I don’t know why! I would say I used 50% cremes, 50% jellies (some with glitter). Cremes are good for getting the stronger, warmer colors to stand out, but jellies layer well and provide so much depth of color. Most of the purpley-blue deliciousness you see is owed to jellies layered upon jellies.
To finish things off, I used the large, fluffy brush to pat on Essie’s Shine of the Times over the galaxies and nebulae only. It was quite a gamble as I knew it would either make or break the design, but…. it made it! While not especially visible in the photos, it added so much depth to the galaxies. I also painted one coat of Kaleidoscope from Wet n Wild over every nail - it’s the perfect glitter for the job. Finally, and just because I wanted to go full glitter, I also used a dotting tool to apply silver, teal, and bronze glitter from OPI’s The Living Daylights. I then topped the whole thing off with Seche Vite.
Apologies for the tip wear in the outdoor photos - I was quite literally on my death bed this week and didn’t get outside to take pictures until a few days after I did my nails.
TL;DR: All the colors, all the jellies, all the glitter, all the shine, but no sponges - loves it!
Do you love them too, yes or yes?!