Friday, 18 February 2011

Nebula Nails

Here is my attempt at creating some of those 'Galaxy Nails' that have been floating around a lot recently. I first saw one of these designs months and months ago but I thought it would be too hard so I didn't even attempt to create it myself. Boy, was I wrong! Considering how pretty this look is, it's some of the easiest nail art I've ever done and I think it's absolutely fool proof. I was worried it wouldn't turn out very well, but I don't think this look could turn out badly even if you tried to mess it up! That's the beauty of it.

All you need is a selection of cosmic colours and some textured paper tissue (i.e. kitchen roll) and I'd recommend using at least one holographic polish in the mix. Paint on your base colour and just start dabbing the colours on in patchy, thin layers. 
Asami has a great video tutorial of the method.

This was the colour inspiration for my version.

The polishes I used (in this order) are:
NYC Glossies - 243B
E.L.F - Party Purple
BYS - Glittering Purple
GOSH - Holographic
E.L.F - Twinkle
Collection 2000 Maxiflex - Moonlight Shine (dotted on for the stars)
And of course, a Top Coat of NYC (not pictured)

Has anyone done their own galaxy nails? Please leave a link to your mani in the comments, I love looking at them!


  1. I love this look, will definitely have to try and replicate it soon :)

  2. EEE! Thats so pretty :) I did a similar one when sponging without even realising it....ill post it soon :) xo

  3. Woah, your nails turned out awesome! I attempted it awhile ago:

    Not so sure I like it anymore :S.

  4. I love your version! The colours are so pretty and it looks exactly like the photo. I've been wanting to try this for a long time but I don't think I have the right polishes for it.

  5. Thanks everyone!

    girlwithabow - Let me know when you do! Just tweet me or something :)

    Can't wait to see yours, Marina.

    They look great Sharon, congrats.

    Danielle - Any polishes will work fine, honestly. Just dig out your glitteriest ones :)


  6. Beautiful! I have GOT to try this!

  7. Wow!! I'm so happy you showed this!! I saw the galaxy nails too and thought that has to be so hard!! Yet here you are doing it! Great job, your nails look fabulous!!! Love it!!


  8. Beautiful. What I really love about nebula nails is that you can use almost any color you want!

    Here's my try at nebula nails:

  9. I love it but I don't think I'd have the patience.

  10. beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeest eveeerr hee ;3

  11. Love the picture,do you know what the name of the nebula is? xo

    1. It is called RCW 49.

  12. I attempted! this is what i ended up with..

    I went a different route from you but I love yours!


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