Starry Night Manicure

Starry Night Manicure Starry Night Nails

My fellow blogger Kit found this awesome galaxy nail photo that I was dying to duplicate myself. I didn’t quite understand the directions until way later and hope the next time around will look just like it.

How awesome is that, guys? I mean, really. I didn’t quite understand how you could spatter such small specks but I now realize this is done with a brush being bent over ( kinda like how you would feel one in the store to feel the bristles). The bigger “stars” are done

with a stippling brush and a steady hand.

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So instead of galaxy nails I ended up with starry night nails that I think turned out just as well. Mine have more sparkle to them since I used some glitters and holo’s.sally hansen nail hardener sinful colors midnight blue sally hansen black out essie mezmerised

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Hardener, Sinful Colors Midnight Blue, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out, Essie Mezmerised
Sally hansen Celeb City OPI Teenage Dream INM Northern Lights Silver Holo Orly Seche Vite Top CoaTSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City, OPI Teenage Dream, INM Northern Lights Silver Holo, Orly French tip White, Seche Vite Top Coat

Before starting this design, it’s best to have your cuticles and fingers moisturized so they don’t pick up excess (dark) polish. The more moisturized they are, the better the final outcome. To begin, I first used nail hardener, and did my base color as Midnight Blue. I then took a bit of makeup sponge (a piece clipped off from a wedge) and tweezers and used Black Out to create a darker gradation in different areas on the nail. Yes, you will get it all over your finger as well, just leave it for now. I then used Mezmerised to create a lighter blue gradation on the other side of the nail so it went from bright to dark.

Because this was intended to look like a galaxy, you need to create star-dust. I did this by using Teenage Dream and Northern lights in different areas of the nail. I then added Celeb City near the edge of my nails. I used a nail art brush to draw bigger “stars” with the Orly French Tip White.

Clean up the nail with a q-tip and nail polish remover or nail art brush. Finish with a shiny top coat.

starry night manicure starry night nails

starry night manicure starry night nails

starry night manicure starry night nails

Somebody’s Watching Me Manicure

As soon as I finished this manicure it made me think of eyes:

googly-eyes …. And then that song:

I’m not sure how I feel about the design. It’s a little bright for me but maybe with a different color combo it would look a little better. Regardless, here is an easy nail art design that everyone can do. You may want to grab some toothpicks, bobby pins, or a nail art tool to do the dotting. Choose three colors you would like to work with, a base coat, and a top coat.

sombodys watching me manicure easy nail art1. Always prep your nails before hand with a file to smooth edges and corners. Then apply a good base coat. I use Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail

Hardener.

Sally hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat2. I then follow with a ridgefiller because my nails have been peeling a lot lately. I’m hoping that’s going to reverse soon because I’ve been taking j.f lazartigue hair vitamins for the past two weeks (admittedly with a day missed here and there :/ ) and I would hope they would help with nail growth as well. I’ll be reporting on those babies later.

j.f. lazartigue revitalizing hair vitamins

Currently taking 2-3 /day. You can take up to 6!

So you apply the ridgefiller to smooth the nail bed. I like Orly’s version.

Orly ridgefiller on top of nail hardener3. Then apply your base color. I choose Essie’s Watermelon, and did two coats.

Essie watermelon

4. Then get your dotting tool ready and a plate to drop polish on.

dab the color on a plate tri color manicure5. Then take your dotting tool and dab it into the polish. Create slightly larger dots by circling around your dotting tool to create a bigger circle. You’ll want the first set of dots slightly bigger so the second set of dots are slightly smaller. Allow your nails to dry for some minutes between the drops because it can get thick if you aren’t careful.

* to make the dots look like eyes instead of “just dots”, place the second dot ( in my case, the blue color near the edge of the bigger (white) dot. Like the googly eyes up above. Do it on random sides so it doesn’t look too much like a pattern.

use your dotting tool to dot nail6. Finish with a top coat to seal the design. Lately I’ve preferred using Seche Vite Top Coat since its so shiny.

somebodys watching me manicure 2

Want to see different nail designs? Just click on the picture above to take you to my gallery

What colors would you choose? Would you possibly use real googly eyes from the craft store? I bet you can make some cute Halloween designs with those! Have yet to master the feather manicure yet–if any readers out there get tips on how to make the feather NOT lift please share!

XOXO

Claudia