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Ever wanted the powers of the universe at your fingertips?

Then look no further because with these stylish and unique fingernails, you too can play god.

This simple and easy to follow Instructable should help guide you through the design and process of painting a galaxy on your fingernails.


  • Although this instructable uses acrylic paints, a similar effect is achievable with traditional nail painting methods.
  • When using nail polish and remover ensure you're in a well ventilated area.

Let us begin!

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Step 1: Gather Materials

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In order to paint this you will need a minimum of 3 colours (In either acrylic or enamel (nail polish)), several brushes (If you're using nail polish the brushes included will do and you can use a toothpick for the pinpoint brush) and other typical fingernail materials.


  • Flat black (I'm using "Black - Vallejo model Air")
  • Rich blue (I'm using "Hawk Turquoise - Citadel Colours")
  • Pure white (I'm using "White - Vallejo model Air")
  • Gloss/Matte varnish (I'm using "Matte Varnish - Vallejo Acrylic Resin")


  • Large base coat brush - For base coat colour.
  • Fine detail brush - For the center of the galaxy
  • Pinpoint brush - For individual stars
  • Medium "Stippling" brush - For cloudy colour formations


  • Nail polish remover - For cleaning and preparing the nails
  • (Optional) Very fine sandpaper/emery board - For the tops of the nails to make the paint adhere better

Let us move on to the fun part!

Step 2: Prime the nails

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Using the nail polish remover (even on clear nails) will ensure that any residue oils or other contaminants are removed from the nail. Doing this before painting ensures that the paint will adhere better.

Optional - Lightly sand the tops of the nails.

Step 3: Basecoat the nail

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Using the large base coat brush, apply your black. Several thin coats are better than a single thick coat so take your time as we are aiming for the best quality.

dog lover1099 months ago
Omg that's awsome I love it
poofrabbit1 year ago

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Hair and make-up
contest!Best of luck to you!

Nanovirus (author)  poofrabbit11 months ago

Thank you ever so much! It was the best fun :D

Darocan1 year ago
I don't know what to say.
Nanovirus (author)  Darocan1 year ago

Thank you very much, well said indeed :D

Lifesmith1 year ago
My wife is going to flip over this! Thank you!
Nanovirus (author)  Lifesmith1 year ago

I love to help any way I can! :D You're welcome.

Lovely; the galaxies look so iridescent!
On an unrelated note, would you be willing to tell me how you did the faint blue glowing border on your title picture? I'm trying to learn more about digital imaging techniques, so any advise would be very much appreciated!

Nanovirus (author)  watchmeflyy1 year ago

I'm very glad you like them! :D

I will try to keep it simple ;) I use photoshop CS5 for my picture editing, the border isn't there in real life but gets edited in..

What I did was make an "inner glow" on the picture layer. This (in photoshop cs5) will make a light yellow edge around the photo. Changing the options you can make it more transparent and larger etc. I used a large solid black border and I changed the "blending properties". Blending properties is the term given to how the colour will manipulate it's surroundings. Playing around with it I used "overlay" which makes the black in the picture became more vibrant - thus, instead of a solid black, it makes this deep blue colour. The reason it's blue is because the black in picture was naturally enhanced by blue. If you need more help I could possibly do another instructable on it ;)

patsheldon1 year ago

I love this!! Already planning on doing my nails this way! Thanks for the share. Stars are my thang!!

Nanovirus (author)  patsheldon1 year ago

I'm really glad you like them! :D I will definitely be doing more, my partner loves them! (model in the pictures)

poofrabbit1 year ago

These are out of this world! Nicely done!

Nanovirus (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago

Thank you very much, I'm glad you enjoy them :)

They look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Nanovirus (author)  mentalistmental1 year ago

Thank you! They are so much fun to make :D

These are gorgeous!
Nanovirus (author)  loompiggytutorials1 year ago

Thank you very much! They look much nicer in real life! I intend on investing in a camera soon to help me make better looking instructables. We all start off somewhere :)

These are really cute