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STUFF!
EDIT: I WON THE FIRST PLACE!!! :iconvictorydanceplz::iconhappydancerplz::icondweebdanceplz::iconfingerdanceplz:

Now in a blogpost!
And on Tumblr!!
And with a tutorial!!! :faint:
Spacey Nails Tutorial by alexskyline


Does it remind you of anything? If not, then go see my shoes, then come back:
Miss Universe by alexskylineMiss Universe Sides by alexskyline
This is my entry for the Nail Art Contest @ :#ArtHistoryProject: I'm sooo excited about it since I'm a self-confessed polish junkie and follow like a gazillion nail blogs.:iconepiclaplz:I just can't get enough of them pretty colours (and if you by any chance wish to gift me some, here's my wishlist! :XD:)

But nail art is really a wonderful thing. The term itself applies to anything from simple polka dots to miniature figurines glued onto the nails - so there's really something for everyone's tastes and needs. As for me, I do enjoy elaborate designs, but I love them wearable. And if possible, not very time and effort consuming, because chances are I'll grow bored of it the same day and everything will go down the acetone-saturated cotton pad. :saddummy:

So while brainstorming the design I was thinking something original, not overly complicated but still artsy. And one of the first ideas, which I eventually opted for, was...
...galaxy nails!! :icongivemesmilesplz:

...
How freaking original, I hear you saying.
Welp. Yeah. But not quite.

The thing is, and here I'm going to sound like a bitch but deal with me, whenever I'd see a galaxy mani, I'd go "meh, I could make it like a million times better" in my head.
Until I've actually tried it...

Ughhhyeaaaah...not exactly what I expected. But the idea of having the PERFECT galaxy nails didn't leave me since then. So that's what I aimed for: a design which would be as close to the space photographs as possible. And...I think I have pretty much succeeded.

Unlike my first attempt, which was all done with polish, this time I painted with acrylics over two coats of my most favourite blue polish - Orly La Playa. Acrylic paint is a marvel for nail art - easier to work with and doesn't get smudged by top coat. I've actually done different hands on different days, and my dominant right hand (in pink) is not as intricately painted as the left one - but then again, I've spent three times less time on it, and my left hand is bit clumsy! I used a make-up sponge, a thin brush and some toothpicks for this mani.

Finally, to spice it up a bit (and because fanart would make me popular :lol:), I added a a little cartoonish TARDIS to my left thumbnail! Isn't it adorable?? I just love it. Its body is painted with Essie Mesmerize and outlined with acrylics. I haven't done enough finger yoga to show all five nails in one pic, sorry.

As it usually happens, it looks even better in life, but only because these photos are taken with my macro lens, and you simply cannot see the brushstrokes with your naked eye. I'm going to write a blog entry on this mani, so I'll try to take a "distant" pic, too. :meow:

Anyway. Enough ramble, I hope you like it like I do. And I want to pull my nails out so I could keep it forever. :giggle:
Cheers!

P.s. Boy I need to proof-read.

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:iconavdsouza:
avdsouza Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Your nails are very cute. :3
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconbaggysagger:
BaggySagger Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
this looks so cool!
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconlightnight99:
lightnight99 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
O.o galaxy nails??? BEAUTIFUL OAO
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconlightnight99:
lightnight99 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
you're welcome :hug:
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:iconvioolett-v:
Vioolett-V Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
This is such a cool idea ! I love the way it looks :heart:
 I saw the tutorial you made for this one and I may even try to do my nails like this :eager:
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Aw, thank you! :hug:
Yess, try it! It's fun! :eager:
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:iconfoooox17:
foooox17 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
TARDIS
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
IN SPACE :nod:
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:icon786sanary123:
786sanary123 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks beautiful <3
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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:icon786sanary123:
786sanary123 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ur welcomez ^^
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:iconbeadgcf17:
BeadGCF17 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD i apparently can do hand yoga! it makes my fingers look all squished though XD and occasionally exorcist-y
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Ahahah, exorcist-y is a great definition for a hand pose! :lol:
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:iconbeadgcf17:
BeadGCF17 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by the way, i love the design but i never get any nail polish to try anything.. all i have is a greenish-blue, a light red, a maroon, a pink, and a medium blue for my nails XD the fanciest I've even gotten is putting the green on my thumb, the blue on my pinky, then coloring my other nails light to dark for the reddish colors, ring finger to index finger.. and I don't really have the time to think of anything else to do with them XD
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
I myself have caught the polish bug just about 2 years ago. :) And your fancy mani sounds like a nice "skittle", why not! You've got to start somewhere!
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:iconmerchantofdeath5328:
Merchantofdeath5328 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Nice, such cool nails.
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Thank you! :D
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:iconmerchantofdeath5328:
Merchantofdeath5328 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
yur welcome
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MadCatter15 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're so awesome!!! I am so hopeless with making my nails look clean though ;u; i always end up with shaky fingers and paint all over them xD

Thanks! I'll make sure to try this sometime. It doesn't look too hard <3
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Aw, thank you! :blushes: Don't you worry about shaky fingers, it can all be fixed with clean-up (see my tutorial)! I paint on my fingers all the time, I just don't let anyone know. :B
And it's pretty easy indeed! Happy painting! 
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:iconmadcatter15:
MadCatter15 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem! <33 ahh haha okay! I will try using your techniques UvU 
I will try! xD
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This nail-design is gorgeous! :faint:
I wish I were able to paint it on my nails. <3
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thank you very much! :huggle::heart:
It's not that hard, actually. I'm going to make a tutorial, which will, hopefully, explain the trick. :)
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaah, I'll be eagerly awaiting the tutorial, then!
I'll only have to check if I have the necessary colours. :giggle:
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:icondreamwalker412:
DreamWalker412 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
oooh So amazing!!!
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconaphid777:
aphid777 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These are gorgeous :D
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Ok! So I tried to make galaxy nails yesterday and it was a complete disaster and waste of polish. I ended up taking everything off and putting a coat of dark blue polish :(
Having tried this, you're even more talented than I knew you were (and I was mind-blown to begin with).
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Aww, thank you so-so much! :tighthug:
I might make a tutorial for these (once the contest is over, obviously :giggle:). But in the meantime, if you need an advice - do ask!
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
YES PLEASE. DO IT.
Although, I watched like 30 different tutorials. I think that the weak link is me...
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Was only the nail polish used in those tutorials for painting? My first galaxy attempt was all-polish, and I found it much less manageable than the acrylic paint I used for this one. Plus, it's much more forgiving. I wrote a bit about its advantages for nail art in my blog, there's a link up there. :)
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Just polish. Like 13 thousand coats of it. It never dried and it looked horrible :(

Oh, acrylic paint! that explains the awesomeness of these.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ROFL I'm laughing my head off, which isn't a good look when you're home alone. The dog thinks I'm crazy - but what's new. Oh gosh, I really feel your pain Maytel, but the comment about 13 thousand coats just truly made me laugh so much!
I think we're all going to be trying out galaxy nails now, don't you? I can't wait. Wednesday is manicure night but there are so many designs I want to try...
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I don't know if I'll try again... I have a young child and the drying time kills me!
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:iconmayebony:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear you. Youngsters know how to time things don't they? :D
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alexskyline Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Yeah, it works anywhere! I used the same technique as I did on my shoes, just on a smaller scale. ;P
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Angelkitty17 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop: :worship: I want to be as good as youuuuuu :worship:

I LOVE nail art, but my nails are too damn brittle, and my polish isn't that great, either! :P Plus, I just need practice~
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Thank you! :tighthug:

There's a couple of tricks to make your nails better. :) 1) Moisturise your hands, cuticles and nails regularly. 2) Get a strengthening base coat. 3) Take calcium, biotin and silica supplements - but do consult your doctor first! ;P
As for painting nicely, here's a couple of tutorials: [link] [link]
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:icon24681:
24681 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank you! :aww:
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:icon24681:
24681 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome :)
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DragonPortal Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is so perfect YES :dummy:
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Aww, thank you! :aww: :hug:
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:icondragonportal:
DragonPortal Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Np :3
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flabaflaba123 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
These are awesome! :iconpervyghirahimplz:
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:iconalexskyline:
alexskyline Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thank you very much! :glomp:
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