This manicure was epic, but totally worth the effort. I've been trying to do a successful space manicure for a while and failed until now! While I can certainly improve, I'm very pleased with this result. I was inspired to try again after seeing Rebecca's galaxy manicure. I also saw this awesome photo, from which I borrowed heavily. I also googled "galaxy stars" and used the images to get some other ideas. Some of the photos I especially liked were these newborn stars, this galaxy, and this star formation. I'm going to to keep working on this manicure, but I'm pleased with my progress :)
What I Did and What I Used
Techniques: Painting, sponging, dotting, cleanup with acetone and a narrow paintbrush
Background color: OPI Black Onyx
Accent colors: Orly Star of Bombay, Orly Royal Velvet, Wet n' Wild: Sunny Side, Candy Corn, and French White Creme, Sinful Colors Full Moon, NYC Taxi Yellow Creme.
Top Coat: Seche Vite
1. I applied a black manicure.
2. I sponged on some on the SC Full Moon (gray-black with very subtle charcoal glitter) leaving some of the nail black.
3. I sponged on the WnW White (click the link above and follow Rebecca's tips on this-- I found them really helpful). Don't overdo the white; you can always add more.
4. I sponged on a little of each the two Orly colors. I used very little and mostly to deepen the black and the soften the white.
5. I lightly sponged on NYC Taxi Yellow, then just a tiny bit of the WnW Sunny Side (orange) and even less of the Candy Corn (orange-red).
6. I used the dotting tools to create stars. For this, I used mostly white, slightly less yellow, and a few orange. I tried to keep the dots very small and of various sizes.
Next time I think I'll add some planets! :D