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I wasn’t actually planning on having Mum’s nails on the blog again for a little while (you can see her nails last week HERE) but this weekend’s mani turned out so great I really wanted to share it. I had planned out an owl themed design for this weekend but Mum had seen a spacey one on my theme and decided that was what she wanted. I was raised on a lot of scifi and have always wanted to do a galaxy manicure but I have been waaay too chicken to try. The challenge was set and I hope you like how this turned out. One thing I till say now: clean up of the glitter was a nightmare and I 100% recommend using pva or whatever to just make clean up a lot quicker and easier. Please forgive anyway wayward sparklies – these have since washed off the skin.
A lot of dark galaxy manis I have seen (pastels are obviously very different) usually start with either a black or a nearly black base. I wanted this galaxy to be more blue so I started with a base of OPI… Eurso Euro. Onto this I sponged some La Femme Silver Glitter and H&M Did I Tell You? (see this glitter used in another spacey mani HERE). I sponged because I didn’t want a lot of dry time before the next step and it meant I could get a glitter density I was happy with really easily as the sponge absorbs a lot of the clear base from these polishes.
Over this base I sponged some white acrylic – I chose to do this in acrylic because it dries quickly on the nail and it is easy to alter the opacity by adding water. You can do this in white nail polish if you prefer, a lot of galaxy manis do. I sponged in random arcs so create the form and once this was dry the fun really got started. I used Barrym Blue Grape (bright royal blue), OPI Bouquet of Violets (mid tone purple) and Illamasqua Collide (neon pink) to build up my space colours – it was fun blending and splodging. If you go to far you can always re-add some white acrylic and build up again. On the purple sections I used a very thin coat of Max Factor Fantasy Fire for some magical sparkle and then added some more glitter on top of my nebulas because ermm space is all about the stars and dust.
The final step was to add some acrylic white stars and dots – I did simple cross forms on the majority of the nails and then more starburst designs on the thumbs. The best thing about galaxies is it is actually pretty hard to get it wrong and you can add whatever features you like. I topcoated with HK Girl to seal everything in, even up the texture and add incredible shine. These babies catch the light and I was actually pretty jealous of Mum’s nails all weekend… These nails did take over an hour to do BUT it was my first time so I was figuring out the best way to do things and there are quite a few layers involved so I did want to leave a good amount of dry time – remember sponge will pull up polish if it isn’t dry. Have you tried this technique? What are your tips and tricks?