How to: Galaxy Nails!

I have always been obsessed with everything and anything to do with stars, stargazing, the galaxy, astrology etc, so what better way to fulfil my galaxy desire than to have cosmic nails!  

I have to credit llymlrs for having inspired me to do this originally, I didn’t think I could have done it but its actually really easy!

You need:
– black nail varnish
– white nail varnish
– blue/teal nail varnish
– glitter nail varnish
– a makeup sponge ripped into little pieces
– a toothpick!


1)  Paint your nails black or a deep purple/navy blue.  I used GOSH’s ‘Nero’ black polish.

2) Once the black polish has dried, grab a makeup sponge, tear it into a small piece, paint some white nail polish on the end
(I used Kiss’s white manicure polish) and then lightly sponge on the white in different shapes.  You can then add another layer of white to build it up a bit.

3) Paint some gold nail polish onto your sponge and lightly dab a tad on top of the white.  You can go slightly onto the black, but not too much.  I used No7’s Hot to Trot.

4) Once the above has dried, paint some teal/blue/navy polish onto your sponge and use this to blend in the white and black polish by dabbing it slightly around the edges of the white.  I used No7 Totally Teal.

5) To create stars, dip the end of a tooth pick into your white nail polish, and add a few random dots on the black. 

6) The final stage before a top coat – layer over your favourite glitter polish to create more sparkling stars.  I used GOSH’s Magic Star.

(afterwards, grab a cotton bud soaked in nail varnish remover & clean up the edges!)


I absolutely love the look of these, super easy to do and very different!  Whilst wearing these I got so many compliments and was asked about 8+ times how to do it.  You can also add a touch of yellow or pink or even purple to the galaxy but I personally prefer just the blue. 

Have you ever tried galaxy nails? Send me your pictures, I’d love to see them!




  1. September 15, 2011 / 2:47 pm

    Ooh these are fab, they look really cosmic. 🙂 Sorry!

    Will try these out, sadly being a hairdresser they tend to chip pretty quick, meaning a waste of nail art time.


  2. September 15, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    Fab indeed. But I would not have enough patience to wait for all the layers to dry up 🙂

  3. September 15, 2011 / 3:10 pm

    Wow that looks amazing, I must try this, although it does look time consuming 🙁

  4. September 15, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    these are gorgeous! i'll have to try this out! xx

  5. September 15, 2011 / 5:01 pm

    definately going to be giving this a go – it looks gorgeous!! x

  6. September 15, 2011 / 5:38 pm

    Can't wait to try these out! After biting my nails for 9 years I've finally stopped so as soon as they grow, I'll be trying this! xx

  7. September 15, 2011 / 7:26 pm

    Wow it looks stunning! This has been on my list of mani's to try out for ages, will def give it a go soon! 😀

    Love Aysh xoxo

  8. September 15, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    gorgeous, i tried galexy nails the other day but they chipped so quick because all the layers! x

  9. September 15, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    These look gorgeous! The no7 metallic coat really makes it 🙂 x

  10. September 15, 2011 / 8:24 pm

    Yours look so good! One of the best versions I've seen so far!

  11. September 16, 2011 / 12:53 am

    Wow! This is so cool. I'm definitely trying this… as soon as I get time. Thanks for the great post, dear!

  12. September 16, 2011 / 3:07 pm

    What a cool idea. I might need to give these a go, looks fab! I spy a new nail craze, move over minx.

  13. September 16, 2011 / 5:27 pm

    oh my gosh! i love how this looks! i'm not quite sure i could pull it off, but ahh soo pretty!

  14. September 17, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    Awww I love this this! I've always wanted the Galaxy tights/leggings but I'll make do with these babies 😀 x

  15. September 17, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    I would have never thought of doing that! Your nails look fab! Love them!

  16. September 17, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    :O they look lovely 🙂 i cant wait to try this out xx

  17. October 4, 2011 / 11:29 am

    I LOVE this! Worth the time and effort for a fantastic look!

  18. October 16, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    Been looking for a tutorial for these for ages, consider it found!

  19. denise
    January 12, 2012 / 1:40 am

    So yeah, I've tried this twice and can't quite make it look like a galaxy… at all hahaha

  20. February 10, 2013 / 3:18 am

    Going to try this! wish me luck! thank you!

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