How To Guide: Galaxy Nails

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Galaxy print is a big trend this autumn, and from leggings, dresses and tees, the print is everywhere. But if you cant afford to splash out on a new outfit, get your fix of this celestial trend by sprinkling some stardust on your nails. These nails look great on nights out and add a bit of sparkle to any outfit. Style’s Susie Hickman helped me achieve this extra-terrestrial look easily and cheaply.

See below for everything you need to know to complete this in-style look, and our reccomendations for which products to use too!

 

 

 

 

What you will need (What we used)…

  • Base Coat
  • Bluey black colour (Nails Inc in Motcomb Street)
  • Metallic navy (Nails Inc in Chesham Street)
  • Yellow (Barry M in 300 Acid Yellow)
  • Pink (China Glaze in Nasty 23)
  • White (Barry M matt white)
  • Small Gittery (Ruby Hammer Fine Glitter)
  • Large glitter (OPI in Living Day lights Skyfall James Bond Edition)
  • Cocktail stick
  • Cotton Buds

To Start

 

  1. Apply a clear base coat to protect nails and prevent staining.
  2. Apply a black/blue colour to create the space background. We used Nails Inc in Motcomb Street.  Start in the middle with one large stripe and two either side to get an even finish.
  3. Remove any excess nail varnish you might get on your skin with a cotton bud saturated in nail varnish remover.

Milky Way Effect

  1. Use an old eye shadow applicator stipple to gently dab a sparing amount of white varnish onto the nail in random order and position to style your milky way. We used Barry M Matt white. A pair of tweezers and a small bit of sponge works just as well if you don’t have a eye shadow applicator.
  2. Blend edges of the white to avoid harsh lines and to make it look like a cluster of stars.
  3. Next grab a bright yellow polish, we used Barry M in Acid Yellow to highlight small areas of sparkle, dab a small section using the eye shadow stipple again.
  4. Add a cluster of pink next in more random positions along your Milky Way and blend.
  5. Blend the edges of your Star Cluster even more by using a sparkly navy blue or just the same black/blue used for the base coat. Using the eye shadow stipple and dab the edges of your milky way to get rid of harsh lines.

Add Stars to Your Galaxy

  1. Use a fine milled glitter polish all over the nail to add surrounding stars. We used Ruby Hammer Fine Glitter. This instantly adds glamour to your nails.
  2. Use a cocktail stick or orange stick with a point to create the larger stars. Dip it into the white varnish used before and dot onto the nails in random positions to your liking.
  3. Use a pin to with a dab of white on the tip and drag lines of white from the centre of the star to create a ‘twinkling’ effect.
  4. To finish use a large milled glitter varnish such as OPI’s Living Daylights Skyfall James Bond Edition and stick the glitter on individually using the cocktail stick, place them in clusters or on their own for added sparkle.
  5. Finish with a clear topcoat to make your nail art last longer.

There you have a cool out of this world nail art look that’s easy and fun to do. Look out for the next nail art tutorial on how to do Vampy Luxe nails coming soon. Check out Milly’s History of nail art and our favourite pick of this seasons trends here.

All photos courtsey of Rebecca Caldwell and Susie Hickman (nail artist).

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