Galaxy Nails Tutorial - Nail Art Tutorial

April 18, 2021

                                          What's better than the universe on your digits - this is one of my favorite manicures to date!
Small details such as planets and stars can add infinite dimension to your manicure - make this as intricate as you'd like
 Mackenzie's Notes:

I have always been mesmerized by galaxy manicures, as I think the idea of small windows to the universe on my hands is... well, pretty awesome.  I was under the impression that this would be difficult to recreate, but to my surprise, it was actually one of the easiest manicures I've done! Everything is free form, no straight lines, mistakes can be covered and layered over, and the colors used will hint to a galaxy on their own.  

I strongly encourage you to try this manicure as I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, both in how easy it easy to achieve and how lovely it will look.  I have included a materials list and two tutorials to depict two different shades of the galaxy.  Enjoy!

Materials used: 
1 makeup sponge (the finer texture the better)
1 Qtip
Polish Remover (for cleanup)
Polishes - CORAL Colors Nail Polish - Pure Ice Spitfire, Kiss Nail Artist "White", Revlon Sunshine   
                Sparkle, Covergirl My Papaya, Soo Nails Purple, Sinful Colors Dream on, Seche Vite   
              - BLUE Colors Nail Polishe - Kiss Nail Artist, Revlon Midnight Sparkle, Salon Perfect    
                Sparkling Sapphire, Revlon Superstitious, Sinful Colors Dream on, Soo Nails, Pure Ice  
                Spitfire, Seche Vite Topcoat. 

Every nail is different; the manicure is more interesting and versatile by illustrating a warm toned and cool toned galaxy
Polishes used for the Coral and Blue toned nails (materials listed in full above) - and yes, I need more polishes, my sister is keeping them all 

Tricks for Tips: 
The main idea behind this coral hue galaxy is to seamlessly blend the light white areas with the dark pink background color.  Keep your polish relatively light and use the pointed tip of your sponge.  Begin by sponging a white base followed by a light purple and coral to blend.  Add a yellow color in the middle of white area, to symbolize the center of the cosmic dust.  Sponge an iridescent blue nail polish around the edges of your nail to add more depth and create contrast.  Paint a supernova (starburst) by starting your lines from the center and dragging out; this will make the lines get thinner towards the ends, making them look as part of the universe and not  clunky. Add glitter and concentrate it around the cosmic dust to not overwhelm the design.

Tricks for Tips:
Begin by painting a dark base as the main galaxy color (black nail polish, indigo nail polish, etc). The main idea for this blue toned galaxy is to blend the light colored cosmic dust with this dark background.  Use purple, dark magenta, and blue to achieve this effect.  Keep the center of the cosmic dust the lightest, brightest white to imitate light.  Paint a planet by dipping a Q tip in your light blue and twisting it in place to achieve a sphere.  Repeat the action with a darker color on top to give dimension to the planet; finish it off by adding white around its edges as if it's illuminated. Concentrate glitter polish around the cosmic dust and top off with your favorite topcoat.
Sparkle adds the final touch to the manicure
Readers' Recommendations: I would love to see how your own galaxy nails turn out! Leave me some links if you decide to try this on your own. What other nail art ideas would you like to see me try next? 

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.  


  1. Those are ridiculously amazing!

  2. One of the prettiest nail arts I've ever seen!


  3. Wow so BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for the tutorial. I have to try it now. :D xx

  4. woww.. super amazing <3
    i'm not sure I can make this one haha..
    Love your nail art and thank you for the tutorial ! :)

  5. OMG you did a great job!!! Looks beautiful. I'm doing galaxy later this month. I will follow your tutorial!

  6. Wow, great idea, looks really nice :)

  7. Wow! Thank you for the tutorial. This is always my favorite nail design but I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. You did amazing :)

  8. So glad you posted this, I'm doing galaxy nails next week for a month-long nail art challenge so this will be super-helpful!!

  9. I love all things galaxy and this is awesome and very informative!

    I'll probably try this out soon,


  10. AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!!!!! I have been wanting to try this out on my nails so bad!!! Looks fantastic!

  11. That is really great, I want to try this but fear it will turn out rubbish :-(

  12. so pretty!

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  13. This is some serious nail artistry! WOW! Great tutorial, although I'm not sure my nails would have come out looking so...perfect!

    Krystal K.
    The Feisty House

  14. These are stunning! I must try them sometime. Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial. It looks hard but I like how you have split it up so I just might be able to do it! ;)

  15. These are absolutely fantastic! I'm so impressed that both hands look just as awesome <3

  16. i'm of to try these now, they're amazing!

  17. that looks too good to be true!!! following you on like everything! amazing stuff <3

    zara xx

  18. These are beautiful!! Galaxy nails are my favorite! Adding you to my blog roll! :D