Sorry that is has been so long. I had even more issues than I thought I did with my pictures and I finally had the time to get them all straightened out. 

These are some fun multi-colored semi-intricate nails that I did for a friend. 
After cleaning, filing, and applying a base coat:

1. apply two coats of base color (in this case, on most nails, dark blue, and on the statement nails, gold.)

2. use a white striper to make designs on each nail

3. go over the designs that are in white with other colors (it is necessary to put white first for the other colors to be able to pop out against the background color) (I decided to put accents of gold on some of the white on the purple nails and to do half purple, half turquoise on the gold nails)

4. Finish up with your favorite top coat, and then remember to show me your versions or ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, Cynosure and Serendipity, or Nails by Naomi!


Messier Objects

Originally painted October 23, 2014

Wow. This is a giant picture post! Messier object nails were something I’d been considering for a few weeks but kept procrastinating because I thought they would take forever. They didn’t! So glad I did them. I stumbled across tons of awesome blogs and people after posting these nails. They were retweeted by EarthSky and Scientific American! Also, astronomer and science communicator Ethan Siegel wrote a nice post on his Starts With A Bang! blog showcasing some very creative, inspiring, and intricate science-themed nail art, and he included a few of mine!

I thought I would take galaxy-themed nail art (there’s actually a LOT) to the next level by painting actual astronomical objects. I immediately went to French astronomer Charles Messier’s famous catalog of over 100 galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. He made observations of some of the most well-known objects in the sky, including all of the ones pictured above, in the 1700s and early 1800s. In my intro astronomy lab classes, we would use UGA’s 24-inch reflecting telescope and CCD camera to image these for homework assignments!

The only tools I used for these nails: nail polish of MANY different colors, small nail art brush, cut-up pieces of a makeup sponge, and a toothpick. Plus, for mixing colors, those little plastic lids/protectors that come on deodorant sticks when you first open them. They are the PERFECT miniature palettes.


Thumb: Pillars of Creation, found within the Eagle Nebula, M16 (Messier 16). Hubble has taken two stunning photographs of the star-forming columns nearly 20 years apart.  My thumb is based on the filtering of the 1995 version. This nebula is around 7,000 light-years from Earth.

Pointer: Orion Nebula, M42. Another massive star-forming region, the Orion Nebula can be seen easily with a small telescope just under Orion’s belt. It’s the closest place to Earth where stars are being born at 1,500 light-years away!

Middle: Whirlpool Galaxy and its companion galaxy, M51. The Whirlpool Galaxy is my favorite grand-design spiral. Its companion, NGC 5195, is a small, yellowish white galaxy that interacts with the Whirlpool Galaxy over the course of hundreds of millions of years. Both are around 25 million light-years away.

Ring: Ring Nebula, M57. Probably the most famous planetary nebula, the Ring Nebula can be found around 2,000 light-years from Earth and is a shell of gas cast off by a dying central star as it becomes a white dwarf. The vibrant colors represent different ionized gases.

Pinky: Pleiades, M45. Easily visible to the naked eye, the Pleiades is an open cluster, an area 440 light-years away where the stars are relatively young and hot shaped like a miniature Little Dipper.


Thumb: Crab Nebula, M1. The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant 6,500 light-years away, a violent explosion of gases from a star recorded about a thousand years ago. In the center is the leftover stellar core, now an extremely dense, fast-rotating neutron star. 

Pointer: Dumbbell Nebula, M27. Believed to be around 1,200 light-years from here, this planetary nebula is shaped like a dumbbell and consists of the gas shed off by a star at the end of its life. The white dwarf can be seen in the center.

Middle: Sombrero Galaxy, M104. This nearly edge-on galaxy resembles the Mexican sombrero hat, apparently. I can see it with the rim, maybe! The Sombrero Galaxy is about 28 million light-years away and has a bright round core surrounded by dust comprising the spiral arms. 

Ring: Swan Nebula, M17. Also known as the Omega Nebula, Checkmark Nebula, and Horseshoe Nebula, M17 clearly has a distinctive shape. Similar to the Orion Nebula, this is a massive star-forming region in our galaxy, around 5,000-6,000 light-years from Earth. Check out some of the early sketches!

Pinky: Globular cluster M13. At 25,000 light-years away, the M13 globular cluster is a small, dense sphere of about 300,000 older stars orbiting our galaxy’s core along with dozens of other globulars. Globular clusters are seriously cool and possibly the oldest objects in the galaxy. Definitely worth reading more about!

Already planning my Hubble 25th anniversary nails!

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Roses and Quatrefoil

I loved doing this manicure! It’s been so long since I’ve done intricate nail art, not that it’s super detailed and intricate, but I did do the tiniest roses I’ve ever done!

On my middle and ring I started with a base of OPI – My Boyfriend Scales Walls and for the quatrefoil design I also used MBSW together with OPI – Pink Friday.

For the roses I used OPI – Pink Friday, Essie – Cascade Cool,…

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