Jen Does the Galaxy – Nails that is!

Galaxy nails are one of those techniques that I have absolutely loved, but for whatever reason was intimidated to try. After watching a couple of videos from some nail friends recently (I will link those videos below!) I was inspired to give them a try!

I started out by applying a single coat (hurray for one-coat polishes!) of Sinful Colors – Black on Black to my nails. Since I was only using one coat, I didn’t bother to use a top coat between steps.

For the next step, I used cut up pieces of Ocello sponge, the kind with the scrubber on one side. I had tried doing this with the sponge side and wasn’t happy with it, so I dabbed my colors on the scrubber side and that worked out perfect! Basically, you just sponge on layers of your galaxy color until you are happy with the density. It’s hard to go wrong with this step, because if you feel like you added too much color, you can just sponge a bit of black on to compensate. For my galaxies, I chose to use metallic colors and went with China Glaze – Deviantly Daring, Rare and Radiant and No Plain Jane.

Galaxy Nails
Galaxy Nails

I gave the sponged on color a bit of time to dry then went over it gently with Cult – Hollywood Bowl, a scattered holographic polish in a clear base. This gives a bit of Star sparkle. It wasn’t quite as much sparkle as I wanted so I also went over everything again with China Glaze – Fairy Dust. Fairy Dust is similar to Hollywood Bowl, but the glitter is much finer and denser. Finally, these were sparkling like I wanted them to!

The final step was to add some stars using white polish. I just used Sinful Colors – Snow Me White. I used a couple of dotting tools, large and small, and made random dots in a variety of sizes on all of my nails. Then I took my very fine detail brush and carefully brushed on little star burst/flare shapes. I topped everything with Seche Vite to seal it all in and protect the design.

Here is a macro shot of one of my finished nails:

Galaxy Nails Macro
Galaxy Nails Macro


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
  • China Glaze – Deviantly Daring
  • China Glaze – Rare and Radiant
  • China Glaze – No Plain Jane
  • China Glaze – Fairy Dust
  • Cult – Hollywood Bowl
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

To see my inspiration, check out the following Twinsie nail videos:

Matte pastel galaxy nails collab by pish.posh.polish

Matte pastel galaxy nails collab by Sloppy Swatches

I didn’t go for the pastel (figured I ought to do a vanilla galaxy for my first try) – but the techniques are the same and they both made this many style look effortless and it got me to try it!If you’ve been wanting to try this look, dive in, it is easy and looks so fantastic when completed!