19 May 2012

Galaxy Nails

Third time is the charm! I've tried galaxy nails (or nebula nails) twice before, but this time I think it finally clicked. The technique is deceptively simple once you get your head wrapped around it, and while I still have room to improve--there's always room to improve--I can't stop staring at the results.

galaxy nails


I don't know how many times I must have watched cutepolish's tutorial on galaxy nails over the past month or so, but as easy as she made this awesome technique look, I was still having trouble translating those simple instructions to my own hands. Then I realized that while I was focused on trying to duplicate cutepolish's great results, on following her process as exactly as I could, I wasn't letting my own imagination come into play, and letting go of the idea of "perfecting" this technique ended up improving my results immensely.

In my first couple of attempts I was trying to be so very precise with my sponging, but galaxy nails are so much more fun to do when you stop stressing about making them perfect. They're everything I loved about finger painting when I was little--you can get your fingers messy, paint outside the lines, and use any colours you want!

I started with China Glaze Liquid Leather, then sponged on OPI Alpine White, OPI Who the Shrek Are You?, OPI Fly, Max Factor Deep Mauve (Max Effect), OPI The Color to Watch, and OPI Ski Teal We Drop. Then dots of Alpine White, a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust, and a top of SV.

galaxy nails


I actually took some snaps along the way and may use them for a tutorial of my own in a couple of days (edit: did it! it's right over here), but for now I think I'm going to go spend some more time staring at my hands. Then possibly watch some Star Trek. Before I go, though, one last picture...

blurry galaxy nails


...because sparkly Fairy Dust stars make me happy.

12 comments:

  1. This turned out AMAZING!! I've had galaxy nails on my To Do list for ages but haven't gotten around to trying them. Star Trek is always a good viewing choice :) Lol I thought the same thing the first time I used Fairy Dust - you can't help but smile when you see all that sparkly goodness!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm a huge Trek geek, so I couldn't resist giving these nails another try. :)

      I swear I'm hooked on Fairy Dust! I should probably buy a backup bottle or two while my local store still has them--I literally gasped when I heard it was discontinued.

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  2. I gotta admit, I am not the biggest fan of this style, but yours look really, really great.

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    1. Yeah, a style like this isn't really going to be everybody's thing, but I so appreciate the kind words--thank you, Tara!

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  3. These are soooo gorgeous!!!!

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  4. I love your blog, Elizabeth! Your manicures are so pretty (: I love the bright green you added here!

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    1. Aw, Brittney, thank you very much! (^_^)

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  5. Your galaxy nails turned out amazing! I've seen them pop up everywhere, and it looks like so much fun! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thank you, Yun! I really did have fun with these. Let me know if you give 'em a try! ;)

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  6. gorgeous! i don't think i could do galaxy nails!

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    1. Thank you, esmeheredia! I bet you could, though--if you can sponge on some polish, you can do galaxy nails! :D

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