NAIL HOW TO: Galactic Nails

Lauren Salapatek | November 9, 2012 | 9:47 AM

Learn how to create this glittery gold and silver nail by CND.


Shellac Base Coat, Shellac Color (Black Pool), CND ProSeries Gel Flat Oval Brush, Shellac Top Coat, CND UV Lamp.


Martha Stewart Glitters: Gold, Copper, Silver; 99% Isopropyl Alcohol


STEP 1: P.R.E.P. the natural nail. (For details see our “CND Shellac” Step-by-Steps.)

STEP 2: Apply a thin layer of Shellac™ Base Coat and cure for 10 seconds in the CND UV Lamp.

STEP 3: Apply two thin layers of Shellac Black Pool. Cure each layer for two minutes.

STEP 4: Dip the tip of the Gel Oval Brush, lightly moistened with IPA, into Gold glitter and brush on 1/3 of the nail, starting from cuticle area. Clean brush thoroughly.

STEP 5: Dip the tip of the brush into the Copper glitter and apply slightly below the first color melding the two colors together. Clean brush thoroughly.

STEP 6: Apply the third color, Silver glitter, melding all the glitter colors together so there is no defined line of single color.

STEP 7: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Top Coat and cure for two minutes.

STEP 8: Wipe with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove top film.

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NAIL HOW TO: Galactic Nails

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