I suspect Airspaniel could do this, if you asked her nicely.
The galaxy part is easy. It’s finding a good blacklight/glow-in-the-dark topcoat. Also, these are clearly two different hands. I suspect the galaxy pattern under the top one is much more diverse in color.
Hils, teach this humble nail fail how to do the bottom pic.
There are some pretty decent how-tos floating about the interwebs, but basically all you need is 3 or 4 different polish colors, a glitter in a clear base, and a sponge. I use a torn up makeup sponge. Look at pics of space to figure out what kind of color palette you want, but you’ll definitely need a dark blue/purple, a black, and a white.
1. Start with a dark blue or purple for the base color. You can use black as the base, but a blue or purple will give you more options for depth later. Paint all your nails this color and let it dry. (I use a quick dry topcoat to speed this along.)
2. Once your base coat is dry, put a little white polish on a piece of paper and dab a bit of sponge in it. Blot it on the paper to remove any excess, and then begin to gently sponge it on your nails in a rough outline of what you want your galaxies to look like. Use as much or as little as you like, and don’t be afraid to experiment! You don’t need to let each color dry completely when you’re sponging. The layers are so thin that it won’t really matter, and if the colors mix a bit? That’s space, bitches.
3. Repeat this for the other colors (except the black), dabbing in random patterns crossing the white and the blue. Make sure you don’t completely cover the colors you’ve already done, and don’t put too much polish on the sponge. The patchiness of the color is what’s going to make this pop. Don’t be afraid of streaks and spots, either. That shit happens in space, too, and it looks boss. It is basically impossible to fuck these nails up, unless you overload your sponge.
4. Sponge the black on SPARINGLY, wherever you want to create the illusion of depth. I typically only put it in a few places around my cuticles, and maybe a little within the galaxy shapes, depending on how “flat” they feel to me. But the black is less forgiving than the colors, so don’t go too crazy with it.
5. Still a little underwhelmed with your results? Get ready for some magic, motherfuckers. Get your glitter polish, which ideally contains a couple different sizes of glitter, and is made up of silver with white/blue/purple/black/whatever you damn well want. Gold is not ideal for this if you’re looking for space realism, but if you just want bling, go ahead and bling it up! For my galaxy nails, I usually use either NYC Starry Silver or either of a couple of Revlon glitters I have. But whatever you have, you want to apply a thin coat of it over your whole nail. Doesn’t that instantly look better? The glitter breaks up the pattern, as well as giving you more depth. Stars! But keep it thin, so it doesn’t completely block out all that sponge work you did. If you see a bit that is just dying for a little more glitter, put some polish on the paper and use the sponge to boost the sparkle.
6. Seal the whole thing with a good topcoat and get your space on!
As with anything, practice makes perfect, but this is seriously one of the easiest ways to get a big nail art bang (space joke) for not a lot of effort. It’s totally one of my go-tos when I don’t have a couple hours to kill doing a crazy shit manicure. :D
REBLOGGING FOR THE TUTORIAL CUZ DAMN.