Mani Monday is back…so did ya miss me?! This Monday I bring you a mani that is truly out of this world: Galaxy Nails! I recently discovered this little mani via Pinterest (virtual pinboard, addictive time consumer). Bored with the thought of a conventional mani- which I’ve done plenty of in my absence, I decided to give Galaxy Nails a go. I tested this out on my nail polish art wheel to make sure I had the technique and color flow down. My tester looked so cool that I decided to go ahead and do all of my nails instead of just one accent nail (the original plan). This mani was fairly easy too- all you need in addition to a variety of colors is one of those triangular make up sponges to do the artwork.
After the base coat (Essie First Base Base Coat) I used OPI Light My Sapphire as the base nail color. To get the cosmic ‘galaxy’ effect -take the sponge and paint the lightest color (I used Essie Something Blue) on to the corner of the sponge. Dab the sponge on something first to get the excess color off and then dab on your nail. The lightest color serves as the base to layer other colors on top of and will end up being the focal point of your design. I chose to be a little random with this and on some nails went for the corners, and others right in the center. After you have the start of your ‘nebula’ layer other colors on top by following the same process as you did with the lighter color. I proceeded with Essie Turquoise and Caicos, then OPI Sparrow me the Drama, followed by China Glaze White Kwik Silver, then added Essie Bermuda Shorts, OPI Cuckoo for this Color, Sinful This is it, and finally Chanel Peridot. For each of these colors I simply painted a few coats on the sponge and dabbed away. The colors don’t last long enough to mix with each other as they are absorbed by the sponge so the tiny area of the sponge I used worked for the entire mani. Once I finished with the colors I went back in with the base color (OPI Light my Sapphire) and sort of reshaped the nebulas. To top off the mani- I added a few sparkles to really give it that cosmic effect. Wherever there was pink- I painted a few sparkles from Sephora by OPI’s Sugar Plum Faries Gone Wild. Then finished with a coat of Sephora by OPI Flurry Up and Only Gold for me.
There’s a little clean up needed afterwards, but no where near as much as with water marbling.