How to Create a Gleaming Galactic Nail Design

Phoenix-based nail technician Leibnitz Barragan started honing his nail art skills at the age of 16. Here, he shares his technique for creating a galactic nail design. “I was inspired by the dark colors in the galaxy, while also incorporating the gleaming light of every star,” he says.


  1.  Apply a thin layer of gel base coat and cure. Apply two coats of black gel polish, curing after each. Then, apply a thin coat of fine glitter gel sparingly across the nail.
  2. Create three wispy comets with white gel paint, and cure. Then, top the tails with glitter.
  3. Using a dotting tool add white dots in varying sizes for stars across the nail. Cure.
  4. Apply matte gel top coat to the entire nail, and cure. Then, attach a crystal to the head of each comet with gel stone adhesive. Cure.

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Get the Look


  1. NSI Secrets Sparkle Luminosity,
  2. Gelish Art Form Gel Essential White,
  3. Swarovski Crystals
  4. Ugly Duckling Matte Top Coat
  5. Lux Polish Gel Color Blackout

–by Lotus Abrams


This story first appeared in the March issue of Nailpro magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

[Images: Courtesy of Brooks Ayola]

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