NAIL HOW TO: Galactic Nails

By Lauren Salapatek | 11/09/2012 10:23:00 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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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