I totally had another post to sandwich between Bestie Nail Art Challenge Week One and this one, but alas I did that thing where I upload all the photos except for one and I couldn't post without it. Meow, so I just decided to have at it. So Caitlin from Addicted to Lacquer's and my Best Nail Art Challenge March continues with GALAXIES as the theme of Week Two!
Caitlin opted for a purple galaxy pattern and I went for a pastel galaxy since it was my third attempt and I didn't want to do the same thing again (although I wanted to - sometimes when something works, it just feels right).
I remember that my first galaxy nails looked terrible and they always look OK at the end but right through the process they just don't look good at all. I needed some guidance and bumped into LacquerStyle's tutorial on how she made hers so I followed it. I also happened to photograph the whole thing for you. Spoiler alert: These things somehow took me a long time.
So here's a list of materials I used for my pastel galaxy nails:
+ make-up sponge
+ dotting tool
+ fine nail art brush
+ Quo by Orly Runway Ready (light grey base)
+ Essence Oh My Glitter! (purple shimmer)
+ Sally Hansen White Out (white creme)
+ Sinful Colors Cinderella (baby blue shimmer)
+ OPI Princesses Rule (baby pink shimmer)
+ OPI Pink Friday (baby pink creme)
+ Essence Space Queen (iridescent glitter)
+ Color Club Eternal Beauty (purple holo)
+ Color Club Miss Bliss (pink holo)
+ Color Club Over the Moon (blue holo)
I didn't want to waste the make-up sponge I used for last week's gradient challenge so I actually tried to "reuse" last week's sponge by cutting it. I don't know if it was worth it but I felt less bad about it. And also there's nothing like working with a fresh sponge but alas.
I started off with Nail Envy base coat (which I already had on since I didn't wear polish this week), and then put on two coats of Quo by Orly Runway Ready:
Around the edges, I added Essence Oh My Glitter with a make--up sponge. (Oh good lordy it already looks terrible):
Then I sponged on Sally Hansen White Out in C shapes (sorry I accidentally have some of the blue in this photo, IGNORE):
Around the white galaxy shapes, I added some Sinful Colors Cinderella:
Similar to the blue, I added some OPI Princesses Rule around the white shapes. However the polish was far too sheer, so I used a bit of OPI Pink Friday to beef up the colour:
I went over some of the galaxy shapes with Sally Hansen White Out where I wanted some emphasis:
Then I added some highlights using Essence Space Queen, Color Club Miss Bliss, Color Club Eternal Beauty and Color Club Over the Moon:
I used a dotting tool to make the smallest dots on my nail, and then dug out these Daiso nail art brushes I had purchased ages ago. Finally decided it was time to use them! The package said they were disposable but I just cleaned it with my remover and I'll save it for next time:
I added some cross shapes and then topped it off with Seche Vite:
Honestly I don't know how they ended up looking semi-decent because throughout the whole process, I was just worried the entire time. I think it actually might just be the top coat. Somehow it just evens out everything! Who would have ever thought!
Have you ever tried galaxy nails? Do you share the same sentiments that they always somehow look bad right up until the very end? What's your favourite colour combination for your galaxies?