The Galaxy Manicure Trend Delivers Out-Of-This-World Nail Looks

Getting a manicure is one way that you can change up your look to feel fun and stylish. With the beautiful colors and intricate designs, it's no wonder galaxy nails are popular on social media. The galaxy manicure features the best of both worlds in nail art, as it's the perfect mix between a dark and moody manicure and a shiny, shimmery one. If you want your nails to sparkle, this look is the perfect one for you.


The galaxy manicure trend features designs inspired by the galaxy, and it usually incorporates black, white, blue, and purple hues alongside bright, shimmery accents. Mazz Hanna, CEO of Nailing Hollywood, told Byrdie, "Part of me thinks that they are becoming popular because people are more and more interested in astrology and outer space." 

Luckily, the look is achievable at home, so you don't have to visit the salon to get a photo-ready galaxy manicure if you don't want to.

How to give yourself a galaxy manicure at home

If you want to give yourself the perfect at-home manicure, the first thing you'll have to do is gather supplies. For the galaxy manicure, L'oréal Paris suggests starting by prepping your nails and applying a base coat. Then, choose your base, such as a good-quality black nail polish. You'll also need a makeup sponge, toothpicks, and any additional colors you'd like to use including a polish that includes sparkles and a top coat. 


The first step is applying the base nail polish directly to your nails. Do one or two coats and let them dry completely before moving on to the next step. Then, apply a thin layer of your second color to your nails and dab it with your makeup sponge, as nail artist Kelli Marissa demonstrates in her galaxy nail tutorial video on YouTube. Continue with each color you'd like to add. 

Lastly, take the toothpick, dip it in your white polish, and paint a dot on each nail to represent the stars. Finish with a top coat to protect your intricate work. You can also use a small, old paintbrush to paint on different designs.

What to ask for if you want a galaxy manicure at the salon

If you don't feel confident achieving the look you want on your own, or you just prefer to get your nails done professionally, you can also head to the salon to ask for a galaxy manicure. Ask for a galaxy manicure, but be prepared to show your nail artist a few different photos of the type of manicure you're looking for and be clear about which colors you want to be included in the final look. A manicure can last over a week if you take care of your nails, but you may have to adjust your daily habits to make your manicure last longer. For example, don't do the dishes without gloves and avoid using alcohol-based sanitizers on your nails. 


There are also different types of press-on nails to choose from if neither of the options appeals to you. You can consider making the switch to press-on nails or nail strips if you want a more professional look without leaving your home.