Friday, September 17, 2010

ND6: Shooting Star

Nail Design number six is the Shooting Star...or rather, the Shooting Star(s), depending on how many nails are painted with this design. But it's a relatively simple and fast design, so painting all ten nails (or how many you choose to), will be a breeze!

Aren't shooting stars just magical? Or airplanes if you live in the city and can't see the stars...whatever you see shooting across the sky at night. Either way it makes for a pretty picture and a fun nail design!

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So, gather your needed nail supplies for this.

You'll need a clear polish. I used Nailene's Acrylic Strong Protecting Topcoat because it's the only non-quick dry top coat I have (and I was lucky enough to win this from Babbling Brooke in one of her fabulous giveaways!). I suggest a non-quick drying formula, because quick drying top coats tend to have some shrinkage, and I'm not sure if that will become a problem when we are trying to set our star jewels.

Next up, the base color. I used Funky Dunkey by OPI as it is a medium toned purple creme polish that goes on smoothly and has complete coverage in two coats.

To complement the purple creme background I used Mad as a Hatter by OPI because it has some purple in the glitter along with other colored glitter pieces. For a more dramatic look here, I would recommend a dense multi-glitter which both polishes from OPI's Alice in Wonderland Collection are. If I wanted a blue background, I would have used Absolutely Alice by OPI as the shooting star's tail to complement a blue background, but I wanted a more purple-hued effect here. Feel free to use whatever polish you want to give you whatever effect you feel represents the tail of a shooting star.

And finally, the star jewels. I picked these up at my local beauty supply store for $1.99US and the little pack came with over 20, but if you look closely, you can see the stars have six points. I don't mind with the overall effect of the whole nail design, but if you have a preference, or whatever is easier to come by in nail jewels, feel free to use them!

Step One is simply laying down the base color you have chosen. Whether it be the purple pictured above, or any other color of the rainbow.

After you have let the base color dry completely, use two strips of tape for each nail. Take the first strip and lay it vertically over the nail where the edge you will paint against is in the direct center line of the nail. (In the picture above, I was painting my left hand, so the first strip of tape was laid down on the nail so the right side of the tape piece was in the vertical center of my nail - or as close as could be!)

Using the second strip of tape, lay it at an angle so the point of where the two pieces of tape meet will be a little higher than the center point of your nail (or wherever you have decided to place the star on your nail, keeping in mind that when the star is placed down it will cover that meeting point). Also think about how much glitter polish you want to cover your nail for the tail of the shooting star. Because I wanted each star tail to be relatively the same size in width, I used the corner of my nail's free edge line to match up the angle at which to have one side of the tape touching.

For Step Three, you don't have to let the glitter polish dry completely before moving on.

Using your clear polish/top coat put a small dot on the point of each glitter tail, and while the clear polish is still wet set the star jewel down on top of the dot and press so the star is set in place by the clear polish. Do not worry if any extra clear polish oozes out from under the star jewel after you've pressed the gem down, because it will be covered up with the top coat later.

Step Four: laying down the top coat. This is more important if you have used a glitter polish as the tail for your Shooting Star(s), because glitter polish tends to be gritty and you want your manicure to last and not be a hindrance to everyday nail use!

A top coat will also protect those star jewels from coming off right away, so use one to two coats of your favorite top coat to keep your design lasting!

And there you go! On every finger is a shooting star to wish on! Or just admire. Especially in the sunlight. Look at those sparkly jewels and that gorgeous glitter!

Have fun with this design. Let me know if you try it out, and if so, what combination of base color/tail color you use!



  1. Like it so much to read about your designs!

  2. I love this! The whole concept of shooting stars is so cute. I recently did my own version of shooting stars, check it out if you feel like it :)

    Blog on!

  3. cute! and great tutorial. Thanks :)

  4. I think you did a great job on this manicure! I love how you created a shooting star on your nail

  5. Lovely! You could use this to make a christmas tree too!

  6. This translated so well! The shooting stars a perfect!

  7. So good to see you back. This is amazing!

  8. I once tried something similar with flakies instead of glitter, but the trail kept coming out all wonky. Awesome tutorial, hopefully my next try will be as successful (and lovely) as yours!

  9. Pretty Shooting Star !!

    Welcome back... I'm waiting so long for your tutorial ^^

  10. OHhh, I LOVE this!!! Absolutely gorgeous... I'm bookmarking this page in my "inspirations" folder!

  11. Wow, this is so cool! Very creative. I'm so boring with my attempts at nail designs. :) I need to take a page out of your book!

  12. Hello, I saw that you started following my blog and I clicked your blog and I AM SO GLAD I DID!

    Please keep making these fabulous posts, I'm a putting you on muh blogroll chika!

    Painter's tape!! why didn't I think of that?? Wicked cool.

  13. I really love this purple!
    Follow me and ill follow you!
    (i just started and could use some followers!)

  14. @Melanie: Thank you! I like your nail manicures as well! Your blog is quite cute!

    @Iris: Thanks! I like the idea of shooting stars as an artistic idea, and it worked ok as inspiration for a nail design. Thanks for the link to your nail design - it really looks like shooting stars with those silver streaks you did - gorgeous!

    @Lisa: Thank you for the comment, and you're welcome for the tutorial! Hope they help if you ever want to try it out!

    @Spaceinvaders: Thank you! I think it came out well for what I was envisioning (rather than when you think you have a good idea, but it doesn't translate well onto the nail...I've had that happen)!

    @April: Thanks! What a great idea! Now I have ideas for what I can do for a Christmas mani. I didn't even think of that!

    @Freshie: Thank you, I do like the way this came out!

    @ABOP: Thanks for the comment! (I'm glad to be back to blogging!)

    @danielle: Aw, thanks! Flakies are definitely hard to maneuver around sometimes (as compared to tiny particles of glitter), but without the tape, I'm sure the glitter tails on the stars I did would not have worked. Either way, give it a go again, and I'm sure it will look great!

    @Mim: Thank you! :) And thanks for waiting with me, I'm back to blogging now!

    @Anastacia: Thank you! I like the way the idea translated onto the nail, and I'm glad you like it too!

    @kory_nails: Thanks! I think the colors work well together, too!

    @Laynie: Thank you! I'm glad you find it inspiring! Send me the link if you create something with it, I'd love to see!

    @Sylvia: Thanks, and thank you for looking!

    @K: Oh, thank you! I thought some people might find this nail design kind of boring since it is relatively simple. And any type of nail designing is creative, so I'm sure you have non-boring ideas and designs!

    @Jackie S.: Thank you Jackie!

    @Lily nail: Thanks! Glad I could share the cuteness with you!

    @JQ: Thanks for clicking and finding my blog! I saw you did a shooting star mani, too! You're much more adventurous than me to free-hand it, though! Glad I could spread the word on the helpfulness of blue tape to another nail polisher! (You'll be up on my blogroll when I finally finish updating it!)

    @M 2011: I love this purple too! Thanks for the link, I always like finding new nail polish blogs!

  15. That looks so amazing! Thanks for the great instructions! I'm SOOO jealous of your long nails!

  16. Wow very pretty. You're so creative.

    You have a lovely blog.

    If you get a chance check out my blog. We are currently having our first giveaway.

  17. i aboslutley love this design! and this is a really helpful step-by-step post. such a creative way to create this neat design! it's encouraging to know it isn't necessary to always have to go out and purchase those little white strips!

  18. I really like your blog, and I absolutely love the shooting star nails you've done here. Such a good idea! And with all the glitter options that are becoming more available lately, it makes me want to do it even more!! Thanks for the inspiration.


  19. oh wow, this looks like a lot of work but the end result is so worth it

  20. This is lovely! thanks for sharing all the steps :)

  21. great blog!!! :D and awesome tutorial, :) I absolutely love the shooting star idea, very effective, I was looking for a good reason to buy a new opi glitter :D:D

    ive just started my first polish blog :)would love to know if u like it :

    thanx again for sharing your awesome nails :D


  22. This is an AMAZING design!!! I LOVE it!

  23. you are amazing !
    I'll follow you always :)

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