If you are looking for a fun and creative way to spice up your manicure, you might want to try galaxy nails. Galaxy nails are inspired by space and can feature stars, planets, and constellations.
They are a great way to express your love for sci-fi, astronomy or just stylish nail art.
In this blog post, we will show you how to get the perfect galaxy nails at home, plus you’ll find some amazing galaxy nail designs for inspiration!
How to Get Galaxy Nails at Home
To create galaxy nails, you will need the following items:
- A dark nail polish for the base color (such as navy, black or purple)
- A few different nail polishes for the galaxy effect (such as white, pink, blue, purple, silver, or glitter)
- A makeup sponge
- A small dotting tool or a toothpick
- A thin nail art brush or a striping tape
- A top coat
- Acetone and a nail brush for cleanup
- Optional: nail stickers or decals for extra details
Step 1: Prep Your Nails
Before you start painting your nails, you want to make sure they are clean and free of any polish, dirt, or oils.
Prep your cuticles and file your nails to the shape of your liking. This will ensure that your Galaxy nail art will last longer and look neater.
Step 2: Apply a Base Coat
Next, apply a thin layer of base coat onto each nail. A base coat will protect your natural nails from staining and prolong your manicure. It will also help the nail polish adhere better and prevent chipping.
Step 3: Choose a Base Color
Most galaxy nail art starts with a dark base color to mimic an outer space setting. You can choose one color or use multiple colors for an ombré effect. If you want to use one color, simply paint a thin layer onto each nail as you normally would.
If you want to use multiple colors, try this easy hack: First, grab a clean makeup sponge that you no longer need, then paint the colors onto the sponge.
Next, press the sponge onto the nail for an ombré wash of color. Grab a nail brush and some acetone to remove any excess polish that gets on the skin.
Adding pink tones is a gorgeous complement to blues and purples for a colorful galaxy-inspired look. You can even add a few lines of white nail polish to mimic the Milky Way.
Step 4: Apply a Glitter or Shimmer Top Coat
One of the secrets to bringing your galaxy manicure to life is applying a light coat of glitter, shimmer or holographic nail polish over the base color.
This will add some sparkle and dimension to your nails and make them look more realistic. It will also help to blend all the colors together seamlessly and hide any imperfections.
Step 5: Add Stars and Planets
Now comes the fun part: adding stars and planets to your galaxy nails. You can use a small dotting tool or a toothpick to create tiny dots of white nail polish for stars. You can also use different colors for bigger stars or planets.
To create more details, such as rings or moons, you can use a thin nail art brush or striping tape. You can also use nail stickers or decals for super-precise designs.
Step 6: Apply a Top Coat
Finally, seal your galaxy nail art with a generous layer of top coat. A top coat will add some shine and protection to your nails and make them last longer.
It will also smooth out any bumps or ridges and make your design look more polished.
Galaxy nails are a fun and creative way to spice up your manicure. They are easy to do at home, depending on how intricate you want to go.
If you need some ideas for your Galaxy nails, here are some of the best Galaxy nail designs we found on the internet. You can copy them exactly or use them as inspiration for your own unique creations!
Galaxy Nails Pictures
1. Galaxy-Inspired Stiletto Nails ✨
I love these matte Milky Way Stiletto Nails! Such an amazing blend of deep blue, purple and white ✨💕🚀
2. Starry Night Nails
Imagine a glittering night sky captured in a stunning manicure. A black glossy background with a spritz of white and hand-painted stars 🌚✨
3. Zodiac Galaxy Nails
Get ready to blast off with these stellar galaxy nails! 🚀✨🌌 The deep indigo base is speckled with shimmering silver and purple, creating a mesmerizing night sky effect. Add a little golden zodiac figurine for your star sign for extra points! 💅🌠
4. Blue/Gray Long Almond Galaxy Nails
These long almond nails are super cute, with the blue/gray hues and the colorful star and planet accents. A fresh take on the galaxy nails trend!
5. Matte Pink Galaxy Ballerina Nails
The matte pink base with the cute pastel blues and purples complement these ballerina-shaped nails beautifully! Super cute and perfect for the summer months!
6. Galactic Vibes: Navy Gel Overlays with Gold Speckles
These gel overlays are giving you major galaxy vibes 🌌. The deep blue gel mixed with hints of white makes for a perfect sky background. And the gold speckles on the accent nails add a touch of elegance, and almost make this mani look like blue marble!
7. Deep Green Night Sky Nails
These mesmerizing galaxy stiletto nails use a deep green hue for the background. Add some crisp gold nail art and you’ve got yourself a winner! So chic, perfect for a night out! ✨🌟💫
8. Colorful Galaxy Nails with Acrylic Dots
Acrylic galaxy nails with a black background and super-colorful designs.
9. Matte Pastel Squoval Galaxy Nails
Love the matte hues on these stunning squoval nails! 🚀💫💜 Matte white accents complete this summery, fresh take on the galaxy nail trend.
10. Abstract Gel Almond Galaxy Nails
The glossy gel on these almond nails is an abstract variation of the galaxy nails. Swirl the base coat, add some white stars and cover with a sparkly top coat for that multilayer effect! 💫✨
11. Stunning Cosmic Manicure 🌌💜💙
Cosmic vibes through the roof with a unique take on the galaxy nails trend. Each finger features a different design, from the simple deep blues and purples to the swirly waves. These mountain peak nails are to die for! 💫👑
12. Neutral Galaxy Nails for Short Nails
The black and gold details on a neutral glittery base are a cute variation of the classic galaxy trend. Super cute and ideal for shorter nails!
13. Starry Night Nails
Beautiful long nails with purple sparkles and white accents. Prepare for compliments that are truly out of this world! 🌌✨
14. Starry Night Nails: Celestial Beauty for your Manicure
Imagine a breathtaking night sky right at your fingertips! 💅✨ These galaxy nails feature holographic glitter background colors that vary from green to brown to red. Amazing!
15. Starry Night Manicure for Medium Almond Nails
Each nail is meticulously adorned with tiny specks of stardust and delicate swirls, creating an otherworldly masterpiece that instantly transports you to far-off galaxies. Love the interplay of blues and greens, as well as the gray dot on top of the white stars that mimics their glow! 🌙💫
16. Sculpted Coffin Galaxy Nails with Encapsulated Layers of Pigments and Acrylic
These mesmerizing sculpted Coffin Nails are a cosmic masterpiece that will leave you starstruck! Immerse yourself into a galaxy of boundless beauty with these nail art wonders. Layer upon layer of Aurora and Stardust Pigments to evoke the stellar effect! 💅💫✨
17. Galactic Smoke: Stiletto Nails with Celestial Vibes
Glitter powders and colored acrylics, featuring the out-of-this-world shades of Galactic Smoke, Purple Rain, Eton Mess, and White Satin. And for an extra touch of sparkle, the Sea Foam Flakes add the perfect cosmic shimmer.
18. Long Almond Multi-Layer Galaxy Nails
Dark polish base + magnetic polish + holographic polish + topcoat = Perfection! 🌌
19. Galactic Pastel Purple Swirl
Pastels all around for this beautiful squoval mani! A soft pink base is adorned with pastel purple and white swirls and golden stars. So adorable!
20. Mystical Galaxy Coffin Nails
These nails are striking! Long coffin nails with a black base and green, blue and purple metallic hues will make you stand out wherever you go!
21. Patches of Night Sky on Soft Pink Gel
The iridescent hues of purple, blue, and black create a breathtaking celestial scene that seems to appear through rips in a soft pink gel base. Adorable gold details complete the look for these long almond nails ✨
22. Cosmic Short Nails: A Stellar Galaxy Celebration
Deep purples, vibrant blues, and shimmering silver accents, these celestial-inspired nails are simply out of this world. Each nail showcases intricate designs resembling distant galaxies, complete with swirling nebulae and twinkling stars.
23. Summery Galaxy Nail Art
These vibrant galaxy nails take on a summery twist, replacing the dark blues and blacks with pastel pinks and oranges. ✨☀️ 💅🏼
24. Foil Galaxy Nails with Pink to Purple Gradient and Stamped Design
Stunning squoval galaxy nails! The “star” of the show is a mesmerizing foil with a dreamy pink to purple gradient, adding a touch of ethereal magic to your fingertips. White stamped designs complete the look ❤️
25. Tiffany’s Turquoise Coffin Galaxy Nails!
I love the Tiffany-inspired turquoise long coffin galaxy nails! The purple swirls and silver star decals complete the look and elevate your nail game 🌌🌙💫
26. Starry Night Stiletto Nails
With deep, deep blues, purples, and shimmering specks of stardust, these intricate stiletto nails are like a tiny galaxy at your fingertips! 💫✨
27. Short Round Gel Galaxy Nails
This colorful take on galaxy nails works very well with gel polish and short, rounded nails.
28. Galaxy Sharp Stiletto Nails
These stiletto-shaped nails literally take you to infinity and beyond. The dark, sleek background creates a striking contrast against the vibrant bursts of galactic colors! So dramatic… I love them!
29. Starry Night Ballerina Nails ✨
Love these ballerina-shaped acrylic nails with embedded shimmering specks and purple tips!
30. Stiletto Shape Aurora Borealis Nails with Silver Background
This stunning nail art combines a mesmerizing blend of colors that will leave you breathless. From the electrifying blues of the ocean to the enchanting shades of glittery silver, these stiletto-shaped nails are a true work of art. The blooming gel technique adds depth and dimension, creating an otherworldly effect reminiscent of an aurora borealis.
31. Galaxy-inspired Negative Space Minimal Nails
The mesmerizing allure of negative space comes to life in this ultra-cool nail art. Neutral background and silver and black details make this mani come to life!
32. Galaxy Nails With Stunning Dark Purple and Black
Featuring a mesmerizing blend of deep purples, inky blacks, and shimmering stars, these nail art designs will transport you to a faraway galaxy.
33. Cartoony Almond Galaxy Nails
These long almond-shaped galaxy nails feature a design that’s almost cartoony. And I absolutely adore it!
34. Galactic Mountain Peak Nails
Bold and stellar, your galaxy-inspired nails take center stage. Pink and purple swirls are adorned with glittery white stars. Love!
35. Striking Long Stiletto Galaxy Nails 🌌
Sparkling with celestial beauty, each nail is a breathtaking swirl of deep purples, brilliant blues, and twinkling silver. One thing is for sure, these stiletto nails won’t go unnoticed! ✨🌌
36. Trendy Galaxy-Inspired Stiletto Nails with Cat Eye Effect
These black stiletto nails shimmer from a deep blue metallic layer. The white stars on only the accent nails elevate the look. So beautiful! ✨💅🌌