Thursday, November 8, 2012

First Galaxy Nails

I've just been in love with all of the galaxy nail designs, but can never seem to strike the right balance between colors. This is actually the second attempt of the day — I ended up botching the first attempt using too much pink and purple.

For this design, I started with a base of China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (if you've never seen it, it's black onyx polish with hints of shimmer, from the Capitol Colors collection). Then I ripped up a make-up wedge and sponged on light layers of OPI Swimsuit ... Nailed It, OPI A Grape Fit and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, in that order. Every tutorial I've ever read has made a point to tell you to use VERY light layers -- so I'll reiterate, you do NOT want a heavy hand while sponging. Trust me.

After that created sort of a cool galaxy-like effect, I used OPI Pirouette My Whistle (a fine glitter with a clear base) to create space dust. Instead of brushing this over the entire nail, I painted between the colors so I didn't overwhelm my canvas — a big mistake that I made on my first attempt.

Once sealed with a few swipes of Seche Vite top coat, I had my very first set of decent galaxy nails!


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