14 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Nineteen, Galaxies: A Rainbow of Galaxies

Hi everyone! I've been looking forward to galaxies day since the beginning of the challenge. Even though I've done a few galaxy manicures, I still feel like it's something I can improve on. Despite being a seemingly straightforward technique - sponge on some lights, some darks, paint some stars, etc. - there are infinite varieties, and subtle nuances can make or break a design.

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

About this design: Normally I do a blue-black based galaxy nails design, but this time I decided to do various colours. The idea of a rainbow galaxy nails design came from @superflynails on Instagram, she does the most amazing galaxy nails!

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

Thumb: Magenta Galaxy

To get this look: The technique for galaxy nails is pretty straightforward: start with a dark-ish base and build up your lights and darks by sponging on touches of colour with small pieces of makeup sponge. There are plenty of tutorials so I won't go into details, rather I thought it would be better to let you know what polishes I used. The list is quite extensive, so let me know if anything is not clear:

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

  • Magenta galaxy (thumb):
    • China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine
    • OPI Extravagance
    • Essie Super Bossa Nova
    • Zoya Bobbi
    • Models Own Pastel Pink
  • Purple Galaxy (index)
    • Misa BreakAway
    • China Glaze Rendezvous With You
    • Essie Full Steam Ahead
  • Blue Galaxy (middle)
    • Essie Midnight Cami
    • piCture pOlish Hope
    • Sally Hansen Blue It
    • Zoya Hazel
    • Essie Rock the Boat
  • Green Galaxy (ring)
    • piCture pOlish Kryptonite
    • Nubar Into the Wild
    • Pahlish Stroke of Luck
    • Zoya Rikki
  • Orange Galaxy (pinky)
    • Sally Hansen Crushed
    • Sally Hansen Firey Island
    • Zoya Amy

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art (direct light)

  • Other polishes used:
    • OPI My Vampire is Buff: Used for the lightest areas in each of the galaxies, mix with a bit of colour to tone it down, or dab it into the wet polish
    • Orly Liquid Vinyl and OPI My Private Jet: Mixed with a bit of colour and used for the darkest areas on each nail. The exception is the orange galaxy where I used My Private Jet and OPI Extravagance for the dark area
    • Sally Hansen White On: Used for the stars
    • China Glaze Fairy Dust: One coat used over finished design and before top coat

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

Whew! I know that's a long list of polishes, but basically you just want to select 3-5 polishes for each nail in a range of values - some lighter some darker. They don't have to be the exact same shade, but I did make sure the colours complemented each other. It's also nice to have a range of finishes - shimmer, holo, metallic, foil, etc. to get a good range of effects. 

What do you think of this design? Do you like variations on the classic galaxy nails design?



  1. Your variations are gorgeous!! Definitely a good idea! :)

    1. Thanks very much Gillian! It was also really fun to do, I'll probably try it again someday. :)

  2. a way to go when you can't decide on a colour :D I think pinky is my favorite, but I would go with magenta for a full mani (yea, can't decide)

    1. Lol! And the great thing is that you don't even have to decide! I'm bad at deciding as well. :P

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Embee Nails! I really appreciate it. :)

  4. I really like this one, beautiful! loove the green and orange :)

    1. Thanks so much Lina! It's interesting to hear which nails people like the most! :D

  5. omg , stunning girl , you took my breath away i m going to recreate it once my nubby grows lol !

    1. Rock those nubbins!! And I hope you get a chance to recreate them!

      And thanks so much for the sweet comment. :)

  6. this looks so gorgeous :) my favorite is the pinky :) <3

    1. Thanks so much! Glad that you enjoyed the design. :)


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