How To: Zodiac Constellation Sparkle Nails

Hey you! I have not done a nail tutorial in forever, so I thought I would share one that has a special meaning to me, and is perfect for the holidays. My Grandmother has been doing hair and nails for ages, and when my sister and I would spend the night, she'd do our nails. She would give us a special manicure with one rhinestone on a nail--the original accent nail but in the 80s! Anyway, I just thought it was the most glamorous thing as a little girl. Thus, my love affair with sparkle began. Plus, a certain 5 year old I know is fascinated with constellations--current phase. She asked me for constellations and stars on my nails--and she loved how this turned out. It made the approval of a 5 year old, and hopefully yours too.

I wanted to keep this really easy and give you lots of options. I gope you give this a try!
You'll need-
  • base and top coat
  • polish (I chose this dark navy)
  • Sharpie marker in silver or white
  • silver glitter polish

-Apply a base coat to protect your nails and allow to dry.
-Apply a coat or two of your chosen nail polish. I used navy here, but I have also done this with black. Allow to dry.

Find your (or your beloved's or your kids') zodiac constellation online. I'm a Libra, by the way. Not a zodiac fan? Choose any constellation you like or a random pattern of stars. Now comes the fun part! Use your Sharpie to add dots to create your constellation. It is so easy! You can do an accent nail and leave the rest blank and it looks so chic, as pictured above.

If you're like me, you just need some more sparkle. From here you can add a silver glitter top coat. You can use your Sharpie--the white marker I had is double-ended, with one end having a fine tip--to connect the dots, to make it look more like the shape of the constellation. Add a top coat and you're done!

  • Make this nail look your own! Keep it as simple or fancy as you'd like.
  • Sometimes when using a marker on a glossy nail, the marker can wipe off, depending on the marker. To combat this, I just add a matte top coat before applying the marker and then using a top coat (matte or glossy).
  • Markers will make it easier, but feel free to use polish, and a dotting tool of some sort, like an actual nail dotting tool, toothpick, bobby pin or straight pin.
  • If you're feeling especially fancy, use small rhinestones, individual glitters, or sequins.
  • You can do the constellations of your loved ones or your crush too!


  1. Great idea! These nails look so pretty :) xx

  2. Oh my gosh! This turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing this fun idea!

  3. Great idea using the sharpie for the constellation. Very fun look.

  4. Wow, this is such an amazing idea - it looks awesome!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  5. I would never think to use a sharpie! What a cool idea!

  6. Seriously obsessing over this manicure! So cute and fun! And seems pretty easy!

    <3, Pamela

  7. Simple but a great idea, Elle. This would look so chic!

    Reflection of Sanity

  8. So fun!!! You made it look really easy!

  9. look how fancy they look! love it :)

  10. I didn't know you could use a sharpie on your nails. It comes off okay?

  11. So loving this nail art! It looks so professional!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  12. Such a neat nail design!! You are so talented!


  13. I totally love the result! It's beautiful and looks easy to do :)

  14. What a clever idea! Have a Happy Thanksgiving Elle! (:


  15. I love this look!!!! So fun and different. Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Love this post! Beautiful pictures!


    Chione XX

  17. hold on, I've got 2 silver sharpies in my possession and I can't believe I've never thought to use them this way!!! I LOVE this combo of colors!

  18. LOVE this idea, can't wait to try this out!

  19. These are so cute!! I would have never thought of this!

    XO, Erica


  20. You're creativity is astounding - yet another thing I would have NEVER thought of. Granted you did get some help from a 5 year old but still, lol. Brilliant.

    Beauty Isles | Blogiversary Giveaway: Too Faced, LORAC, and NYX

  21. OMG this is amazing and you have patience! Props to you!

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  22. Such a cute idea! I never would have thought of using a sharpie on my nails

    Katie xx

  23. Oh, wow! This is absolutely the coolest thing I have ever seen! What a creative idea!!

  24. Great idea, I will try this for sure:)

  25. I always want to do some fun nail art and then I just paint my nails and do a glitter nail. This is cool!

  26. Love the nails so pretty!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  27. This is so cool and creative!!! I do nails as well but I've never tried out a design like this!! Definitely going to try it now!

  28. What a great idea! I am a huge fan of sparkle too, so I really love this---and it actually looks simple enough for me to pull off (well, we'll see how I do haha)

    Kisses from Buenos Aires xx

  29. Okay, this is TOO COOL. I'm not usually one for nail art, but I really love this! :)
    Happy Thanksgiving, Elle!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  30. I loved the pretty yet simple nail art.. Happy Thanksgiving to u xoxo

  31. The perfect time of year to add a touch of sparkle! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  32. Elle, these nails are SOOOOO gorgeous!!! We can't wait to give them a try, so clever!

    xx 365hangers

  33. Yes!!!! I'm obsessed with all things constellation (just look at my jewelry). I'm taking some time off from my shop, so I'll be doing this for sure.



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