I was inspired by this post from the e.l.f. blog to do an outer space manicure. I thought the look was wicked cool and really wanted to give it a try myself. This is my first attempt at free-hand nail art, and the first time I tried sponge painting my nails. I think I may have been a little heavy handed with the glitter (stars), but otherwise, I’m really pleased with how it came out. (Click photos to enlarge.)
To accomplish this look, you will need the following:
- Black (or near-black) nail polish
- 2 colored shades that look well together and will layer well*
- A paper plate, or piece of paper
- Glitter polish (stars)
- Base coat and Top coat (optional)
Here is what I did:
- Apply a base coat to avoid staining. I used Seche Vite base coat.
- Paint your nails normally with black polish. I used Wet n Wild Megalast (old version) in “Blackmail”. Let nails dry completely. You may wish to use a topcoat before moving on to step 3. I chose to add a layer of Seche Vite top coat. I’ve found in my stamping efforts that if I am careful, I can use a little polish remover to remove mistakes without messing up my base color if there is a layer of topcoat in between. Since I’d never attempted this before, I assumed that I would mess up, so I wanted insurance. As it turns out, I didn’t need to have used the topcoat because I didn’t mess up, but that decision is up to your discretion.
- Place a small pool of color polish #1 on a paper plate or a folded up piece of paper. Use a damp sponge (I just used a makeup sponge) to sponge paint a layer over the black. Don’t go too thick, or you will just end up with a colored blob. If your polish is too sheer, do more than one layer. Try not to cover the whole nail because you want some of the black to show through. For this step I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in “Grape Going!”.
- Repeat step 3 with color polish #2. You may want to go back and forth between the two polishes a couple times for added dimension (especially if you have really long nails), but it’s not necessary to achieve the look. For this step I used O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in “La Paz-itively Hot”.
- Top with a glitter polish to add stars. I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Twinkle Twinkle”. If you find the glitter gives you a really uneven finish, you can also top with a thick top coat like Seche Vite to smooth everything out.
*The original image that inspired this look used pink and purple/blue shades, so I chose to go in that direction as well. However, this look would look great with blues and greens, or red and oranges, so feel free to experiment. Just realize that the sponge painted layers are really thin, so you don’t want shades that are going to look muddy when layered.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and let me know if you try this mani yourself. 🙂