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boy i never knew your nails could look like that.

GALAXY : DIMENSIONS / HAND-PAINTED

Base Color:
OPI Suzi Skis the Pyrenees

Nebulae:
Sephora Formula X Nail Color Orbit
OPI Gargantuan Green Grape
OPI Are We There Yet?
Sephora Formula X Effects Nail Color Grandoise
Sephora + Pantone Universe Spectral Lacquer Antique Gold
Sephora Formula X Neon Nail Color Seismic
Sephora by OPI Bright as a Feather
Sephora by OPI How Many Carats?

Stars:
Sephora by OPI Justa’ Pinch of Glitter
Zoya Purity
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

I decided to break my Tumblr silence with this post!

Ah, the infamous “Galaxy Manicure” - the stuff of legends, and totally impressive, if pulled off. I’ve watched many a tutorial to get this look, and the application is pretty straightforward. The real skill is in picking the right color combos to get the best look.

I started with OPI’s Suzi Skis the Pyrenees, which is the perfect deep, deep, almost black, smoky blue that totally embodies the dark expanse of space. I used this base for Erin’s Tiny Galaxies and it worked out great. The next step to any galaxy mani, is to sponge on various pastel colors in various finishes, using a makeup sponge, to create nebulae or clouds of stars. 

Using some OPI stand-bys (like Gargantuan Green Grape) and some fantastic new polishes by Sephora Formula X (Orbit), I was able to create the perfect nebulae. Then it was on to a coat of Sephora by OPI’s Justa’ Pinch of Giltter for a carpet of stars covering my first layer of nebulae. I opted for this simple, round silver glitter, versus a finer, holographic glitter (as I’ve used in the past) because I wanted this galaxy mani to have a much more graphic look. 

Upon completion of this first round of star-making, I wasn’t completely satisfied. Something was missing. So I decided to add another dimension of nebulae and some hand painted stars, but this time, instead of going for my trust mints and light corals, I grabbed some color-shifting duo-chromes. Grandoise by Formula X is a fabulous “Effects Nail Color” from Sephora’s new line - shifting between magenta and gold. Also, the now discontinued, Antique Gold from Sephora + Pantone Universe’s Spectral Laquer line was the perfect compliment. This color has been touted as a dupe for Chanel Peridot, and boy is it a dazzling duo-chrome, shifting between green and gold. The combo of these two was topped off by some small dabs of Formula X’s Neon Seismic and some shimmery blue Bright as a Feather. Seated on top a layer of stars, on top ANOTHER layer of nebulae, the new sponged on colors shift between green, gold, blue, orange and magenta! 

But the icing on the cake was adding two different toned white dots for stars which created a further dimensional look. Starting off with the slightly bluish My Boyfriend Scales Walls to create some dimmer stars, then sponging on some translucent and shimmery How Many Carats?, and finally adding some more graphic bright white stars in Purity really gave the look some graphic dimension. 

I’m thrilled with how this turned out, and I love that Suzi Skis is still such a standby for the perfect night sky. Also, I’m obsessed with Formula X. I’ve got about 8 colors from the new collection and several other from Sephora X (which was kind of like Formula X’s test launch). The formula of these colors is amazing - most of them are one coaters - and the effect top coats are a fast and easy way to take any nail color to the next level (“Chaotic” is a MUST have).

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my musings and adventure developing this super fun, crazy hobby of mine!

RADIANT DECOUPAGE FAUX-FOIL

Sephora Formula X Sheer Nail Color Unforgettable (base)
Zoya Purity (sponged)
OPI Fly (sponged)
Sephora Formula X Nail Color Quantum (sponged)
Sephora + Pantone Universe Spectral Laquer Purple Wine (sponged)
OPI DS Radiance (sponged)

EGYPT MODERN HOLO-GOLD TRIAD

Sephora Formula X Nail Color Orbit
Sephora + Pantone Universe Spectral Laquer Antique Gold
Essie Licorice

FANTASY MOON ROCK

Essie Turquoise & Caicos
OPI DS Classic
Sephora by OPI Beauty Junkie
Maybeline Color Show Poolside
OPI Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue
Maybeline Color Show Sandstorm
Essie Good As Gold
Sephora by OPI Break a Leg Warmer! (water marbled / hand sanitizer a la these)

METALLIC SAILOR PRINCESS

OPI A Definite Moust-Have
Sephora X Color Huggable
Sephora X Color Sparkplug
Sephora X Color Egotistical
Sephora by OPI It’s Totally Karma
Essie Loophole
Essie Shifting Power
Sephora X Topper Chaotic

Small square gold rivets and small silver round rivets.

SRSLY MIXED ELEGANCE

Zoya Raven
Essie No Place Like Chrome
Floss Gloss Bikini Coral
Floss Gloss Perf
Illamasqua Serenity (rubber finish)
Super Black The Bends

BLACK & WHITE NEON SCRAWL

Zoya Purity
OPI Did It On ‘Em
OPI The “It” Color

Generic Black Striping Brush

GALACTIC SEA STONES

OPI My Private Jet
OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
OPI On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Essie Rock the Boat
Jordana Electric Blue

inspired by Amanda Bang.

MIXED METAL ANIMAL PRINT HALFSIES

American Apparel Metallic Smoke Dazzle

Essie Good as Gold
Essie No Place Like Chrome
Essie Dive Bar
Mineral Fusion Pretty Penny

ENVER’S HARAJUKU HUNTY 3-D CHANEL NAIL EXPLOSION

Essie Bordeaux
Chanel Le Vernis 475 Dragon
Sephora X Neon Nut Job
Covergirl Outlast Go-Go Mango
Covergirl Outlast Peaches and Cream
Mineral Fusion Pretty Penny
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mustard
Essie Good as Gold
Floss Gloss Perf
Sephora by OPI It’s Hippo to Be Square
Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams
Sephora by OPI Is She for Reel?
Essie No Place Like Chrome
Essie Dive Bar
Sephora X Klepto
OPI I Saw… U Saw… We Saw… Warsaw
Covergirl Outlast Amethyst

TONS of assorted nail gems, pearls and rhinestones.