Easy Galaxy Nails Tutorial (with Video!)

Hello, friends! Today’s nail tutorial is so easy and looks incredibly beautiful. I love the galaxy effect and how intricate it turned out despite being a few simple steps, so here’s an easy way to do a galaxy nail manicure.

If you aren’t the DIY type, there are some pre-made options at the bottom of the post and we have a video you can watch as well!

Here’s all you need to get started …

Galaxy Nails DIY

black polish
-blue, plum, white, turquoise, and silver sparkle acrylic paint (or you can use nail polish)
top coat (this one is a cult favorite)
makeup sponge

Galaxy NailsGalaxy Nails DIY Step One: Apply 1-2 coats of black polish to your nails and let dry.

Step Two: Pour out a little bit of each of your acrylic colors on a plate. Taking a makeup sponge, start with the white and lightly sponge on a bit of white. Follow up with a little bit of the royal blue and purple. Play around with the sponging until you like the look.

To add more dimension, add just a tiny bit of white over the top with your sponge. Make sure you leave some of the black polish showing around your nails for added depth. Finally, take a little bit of the silver sparkle.

I know it’s tempting, but just add a teeny tiny amount of sparkle. It ends up taking away from the look too much if it’s too sparkly.

Galaxy Nails Galaxy Nails Galaxy Nails Galaxy Nails Step Three: Using a toothpick, add little dots on your nails to represent stars. I even made a slightly bigger star on each by drawing a tiny cross with the toothpick.

Galaxy Nails Galaxy Nails Galaxy Nails Step Four: Seal the deal with a top coat. This brings everything together and gives a nice shine to the look. Don’t forget this step. Makes a huge difference in the final look and keeps your mani from chipping. 🙂

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If you love a fun DIY manicure, check out …

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And if you aren’t the DIY type, here are several ways to get the galaxy look with decals, stickers, or press-on options.

A perfect way to impress your friends at your next girls’ night. 😉 So fun to wear during Halloween time too with the dark colors. Enjoy! Lots of love, Sav.

Are you a nail biter? Check out How I Stopped Biting My Nails!

Credits//Author: Savannah Wallace. Photography: Isabel Jones

  • Oh, what a coincidence! This morning I made myself a galaxy mani on two accent nails, and it’s very similar to this tutorial!

  • Wow, this is so pretty and simple! I love the galaxy look and am thrilled to know that you can use acrylic paint to decorate nails.

  • WHOA! Those look AWESOME! I wish I could paint my own nails!

    =) Bridget | http://nuttyhiker.com

  • I never ever paint my fingernails, but this looks SO AMAZING that I might just have to try it out.

  • Love this! Such a fun and pretty mani! Thanks for the tutorial.

    xo, Heather

  • I love this manicure idea!! Such a great one now that the days are getting shorter – time to embrace the night 🙂


  • Love these!! I would love to try these, but I don’t think my left hand would do a very good job…


  • Galaxy nails are beautiful! I once did it on my nails and I loved it! The only reason why I don’t do it more often is because it takes a bit of time and I don’t have time right now…

  • I LOVE this and it looks amazing and beautiful, but HOW are you doing this when you have to do your non-dominate hand? I can barely get a regular coat a paint on my right hand. Obviously, my DIY manicure skills are inadequate.

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