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WNAC Pastel Galaxy & How-To

Hi!!

Today I have the second prompt of WNAC to share with you for May's pastel theme - galaxy. There's lot of words ahead - you've been warned! 😆

So I was dreading, DREADING, this prompt because I was so worried I forgot how to galaxy; true story. 😁 But half the battle is finding the polishes and the other half is the execution. Luckily for me, the last piece of the puzzle came in today's nail mail in the form of Zoya's Eclipse, the perfect glittery/galaxy topper to complete the polish finding mission. Honestly, it just made everything 1000% better. 😇


The second worry was the execution, which honestly (again), was a rough start. I only went with 1 coat of China Glaze's I'm No Tourist for the base which was streaky and a bit panic inducing to say the least but I stuck to my guns and just went with it. I knew that I'd be layering and using the topper so I said to heck with it, 1 coat it is! I'm telling you this story as if I had this much confidence at the time, which I did not 😂 I did have the conviction though - this was going to get done!


So then came the sponging part. I did it in the wrong order which is why it's hard to see the purple. Not only did I use the wrong side of the sponge (yes, there's a wrong side, you want to use the side that you ripped off, not the smooth side - which is what I did with the blue - exhausting 😓) but I did the colours in the wrong order AND I didn't anticipate how opaque the blue would be. It worked out in the end because I took the purple and went over the blue, very gingerly, with it and then used the glitter topper and then everything became magic and rainbows. 😁 See? Always learning! 😊


 Here is what I used for this design:

Color Club: Bouquet of the Day, Budding Beauty, Breath of Fresh Air 
China Glaze: I'm No Tourist 
Zoya: Eclipse 
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Tools: a small piece of makeup sponge I tore off (so classy I know 😁😂), tweezers, plastic nail polish mixing plate/coaster

Technique:
1. Using the tweezers, pick up the piece of sponge and dip into the first polish, tap the extra polish off so you don't get blobs on your nail, you want to get patchy type patterns when you sponge onto your nail
2. Stipple the polish onto your nail across where you want to make your galaxy design - no need to be precise but keep it in a general spot so the galaxy can be visible/apparent
3. Make sure you don't stipple in one spot too many times or else the dried polish will start to lift
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each polish making sure to be very light handed because you can always go back in and fix it later
5. Top with a glitter topper
6. Seal in your design with a top coat (don't forget to seal your free edge as well)

I'm not sure if people think I'm a really good nail artist or not, but I think I'm fairly decent most of the time and even I feel like my nail arts aren't going to work out and then they end up working. What I'm trying to say there in that horrible sentence that I am not re-writing (goodness, hopefully none of you are English majors reading this in horror 😂) is that even I still have my doubts but I always at least give it a try. I've said this before and I'll probably say it many more times, but you really just have to go for it, make the mistakes and start over if you have to. Or just find a really good topper (ie Eclipse by Zoya, Fairy Dust by China Glaze, Instant Galaxy by Enchanted Polish, We Trippy by Cirque Colors etc) that will make everything magic and rainbows no matter what you've done to your nails. 😂😁😀 That's my cheat of the day - share it as you see fit 😁

Ok, that's enough words for today 😂

Let me know what you think of the design in the comments and if you have any questions about this technique that I can try and answer. 😊

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to check out my little corner 😊 Feel free to leave me comments/suggestions/feedback below.

~Tracey

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