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Ever since human beings first looked at the night sky, we have been obsessed with the stars. Ancient societies across continents studied the movements of the stars and planets, culminating in the practices of the Greeks that gave us the modern zodiac symbols.
If you aren’t familiar with astrology or the zodiac, there are twelve “signs” based on constellations. Structured loosely on the relationship between their location in the sky and the sun, a person’s sign is determined by what constellations the sun was “in” on the day you were born. Broken down by birth month, the signs are Aries (roughly March 21-April 19), Taurus (April 20-May 20), Gemini (May 21-June 20), Cancer (June 21-July 22), Leo (July 23-Aug. 22), Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22), Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22), Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21), Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21), Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19), Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) and Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20).
Zodiac imagery is in many aspects of fashion, including nail art. These designs translate nicely onto zodiac nails, as they are simple enough to work on such a small canvas. There’s also a chance to make your nails deeply personal to you, involving your sign and other symbols. Even if you aren’t into the zodiac, who can deny the gorgeous nature of the stars in the night sky? With an expansive color palette and limitless inspiration, you’re going to love your new astrology nails!
Best Astrology Nails Inspiration
Clear holographic glitter is the perfect base for this golden style, letting the star shapes take center stage. Pearls and rhinestones add another nice touch to the look, as well as complementing the neutral base tone. It can be difficult to get that star shape just right, so going for tiny sticker decals is a good way to finish off your nails.
Off to Dream Land
Bright blue scalloped edges create cloud shapes along the tips, making us think of the last light of day as the stars begin to come out. Gold stars set off the blue nicely, the edges also providing a nice visual contrast. This design includes a constellation design, which travels between the three middle nails. A multi-nail element adds cohesion through the design, which can make a nail look more effective.
Connect the Dots
A celestial game of connect the dots, constellations are a cute and cosmic addition to these astrology nails. Fitting with the theme perfectly, the literal constellations are a nice way to change up a traditional astrology style. Going for the opposing color scheme, black on white, makes the constellation designs stand out more clearly.
Sunset and Twilight
As one leads to the other in real life, so too do the sunset colors move into the tones of twilight in this nail design. The beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows blend perfectly on the sunny side, with the blues and purples of the rising night complementing nicely. Including stars on both sets of nails brings the look together, as well as emphasizes the change between night and day.
Deep violet glitter polish makes a perfect focal point for astrology nails, as it speaks to the unfathomable depths of space. Watercolor nail art is a fun contrast to such a dark color, and an ideal base for the white astrology designs on top. Including a layer of glitter on the watercolor nails also helps to bring them together with the rest of the nails in the look.
Symbolism at its Finest
Astrological symbols are only one part of this design, bringing a personal touch to an eclectic style. A neutral base makes a good background for these simple black and white designs, including a moon and constellation. The gold leaf effect brings another fun element while still keeping with the simple color palette of the overall look.
Half and Half
Stunning matte navy makes an incredible base for this astrology nail style, supporting the copper star designs beautifully. Painting only half the nail creates a modern art look, as does keeping the majority of the celestial bodies on the navy. A great way to get such a straight line is to lay tape vertically down the nail (we suggest nail tape or painter’s tape) and apply the polish. Remove the tape while the polish is still wet for a cleaner finish.
Bring the Funk
These astrology nails move away from the zodiac into a wider space and sky them, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome! Taking inspiration from surrealist artwork, the bright colors and funky shapes make these designs unique. For such delicate details, you’re going to want to paint them in stages, so make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to this intricate look!
Window to the Soul
Not only are planetary bodies important in astrology, but the eyes are a keep component to many astrological interpretations. It’s no wonder then that eyes show up in astrology nail art, featuring prominently right alongside the other symbols. Here, the crisp black lines of the designs are striking against the silvery shimmer of the base color.
Resourceful, brave, and a true friend…no wonder you would be proud to be a Scorpio! The zodiac sign proudly displayed in the middle contrasts nicely with the matte of the black nails, providing two levels of difference in the style. At the same time, maintaining the same effect with the moon ties the whole look together.
Ancient Night Sky
Gold designs in this style make us think of ancient artwork and architecture, particularly in Egypt. Ancient Egypt was one of the societies that followed the progress of the stars, charting their movements and using them for predictions of fortune. The floral nails on the pinkie really speak to this motif, adding a bit of extra flair to the rest of the look. Using a deep indigo color brings in the nighttime element.
Into the Galaxy
Galaxy nails are the perfect background for an astrology nail look, not only because of the space connotations, but also because of the gorgeous blend of colors. Here, the greens and blues in particular stand out, supporting the white zodiac signs on top. Using a shimmer polish to create the galaxies increases the effect, adding depth and fluidity to the design.
Ode to the Stars
True to the title of the novel, these astrology nails are absolutely an ode to the stars. Using a rippling effect along the tips fits with the rounded nail and is a fun take on a French design. The royal blue works perfectly with the gold stars and other designs, at the same time complementing them and letting them shine.
Leo ♥ Aries
According to astrologists, the Leo-Aries combination is a compatible one, albeit with strong emotions and personalities. In matters of the heart, the love they share is a creative, warm, passionate and playful kind of love. That shows through in the design of these nails, from the intricate designs on the nails themselves to the incredible three-dimensional elements that make the whole look unique.
A Pisces is often considered to be imaginative, and that is the perfect word to describe these nails! The swirling fish and trident symbols remind us of the strength of Neptune, and therefore the strength of the sea. Using a pointed nail fits with the tips of the trident, while also making room for the intricate fish designs. A shimmering gold polish works nicely as a base to the black designs.
What Dream are Made Of
A beautiful contrast, the gorgeous matte blue stands out against the intricate designs of the nude nails. The draping of beads, stars, and moons reminds us of dream catchers, the perfect element in a nighttime scene. Going for a pointed nail provides drama, and draws attention to the little details of the look.
Wonders of the Universe
Sometimes a simple black and white look is all that is needed. All the white symbols stand out perfectly against the glossy black background, giving each one a chance to shine. Adding little elements like the diamonds, and even the alien, bring in other aspects of the universe.
Deep blue and white galaxy nails are the star of this astrology nail look, with the zodiac elements adding a decorative touch. While in this case, it is the Pisces symbol, but you could just as easily switch it to your own sign. Including glitter in the galaxies brings not only sparkle but another layer of depth to the overall style.
A new trend, jelly nails are fun translucent nails that remind us of hard candies. These dark purple nails are a great base for an astrology nail style, shiny and mysterious. For this specific look, the simple addition of the Cancer symbol stands out nicely, but you can use your own sign or other planetary objects instead!
Black and White Dream Catcher
Adorable dream catcher designs look amazing on these stark black and white nails. Astrology nails don’t always have to connect to space, but can bring in more earthly elements surrounding the field of astrology. Intricately decorated dream catchers fit with Native American astrology, and it is easy to see how that could inspire a truly spectacular nail design!
Spirit in the Sky
Sticking with a simple color palette is often the way to go, especially with a detailed design. The nude nail is the perfect way to go in order to let these different astrological symbols shine! Gold is the right complement to the nude nail, while incorporating the blue into both the base coat and designs also brings cohesion to the style.
To Infinity and Beyond
Using a scallop nail design, this funky tips are a fun base for a look that is out of this world! Gold is an ideal complement to this shade of blue, as seen by the tiny decals used in this look. Decals are a great option here, as they allow the different elements to remain clear even though they are so small. A touch of glitter replicates far away stars, finishing off the style.
Galaxies and Constellations
Can’t decide between two different astrology nail designs? Then don’t! Here, two types of astrology nails complement each other through the use of similar colors. On the one set, the bright blues and purples of the galaxies complement the royal blue of the constellations’ backdrop on the other set.
Another black and white look, this surrealist style combines stargazing imagery with other symbols for a fun and funky style. Pick and choose between the artwork, or go all out with an eclectic look such as this. You could also use a dark shade of blue or purple instead of the black, and it would make the same effect.
Go ahead and let the constellations speak for themselves! These nails really show off the pictures among the stars, even on such a short nail. Using a shimmery blue in the background gives depth and simulates the sky nicely without overpowering the constellations themselves.
It’s incredible that such an expansive universe can be represented in such a tiny space! The tiny planets are our favorite part of this look, especially the ringed planets. Again, adding a layer of glitter brings that distant-star look that makes a space design believable.
A cool take on an ombré style, the ombré colors move across the nails instead of in the individual nails, these tones make us think of those quiet moments as the sun is beginning to rise. In those final moments before the sun is fully awake, a few stars wink out before going to bed themselves. Including only one constellation design fits with that idea, complemented by the gold zigzag design.
Using matte on matte nail polish creates an amazing chalk art effect, making it appear as though these zodiac and planet designs were drawn by a creative mind on a chalkboard. While the blending of these colors definitely takes time and a steady hand, we think it is well worth the effort. We can’t help but think of Miss Frizzle when we look at these nails!
Earth and Sky
This astrology nail design brings together all the beautiful aspects of Pisces, with the incredibly detailed swimming fish as the flip side to the literal constellation. In a stroke of genius, this shade of blue works as both water and sky, bringing the whole design together.
Pointed galaxy nails provide plenty of space for delicate constellation designs, making each one stand out beautifully. Sticking with black and white is a great idea here, since the constellations are so thin. Too many colors and the gorgeous effect would be lost.
Passion of Taurus and Pisces
A Taurus and Pisces match should be filled with wonder, love, and magic. Emotionally compatible, the relationship with be filled with sparkle…and sparks! All of this comes through in the pink ombré nails, showing the growth of love and attraction. Bringing the glitter shows the mystical element and how the sparks fly.
A different take on galaxy nails, you can sprinkle fleck glitter over the wet nails and seal to create the base. Using multiple colors of glitter helps develop the galaxy effect, but you could use a clear glitter and one other color to get the same look. Adding the gold decals on top brings a 3D element as well as emphasizing the astrological theme.
To the Max
You can’t get more outrageous than an incredible 3D nail! The zodiac theme comes through, the bright white standing out nicely against the deep violet base. Gemstones fit with the stargazer theme as well. Meanwhile, the extreme lion adornment adds a color contrast while connecting to the Leo sign.
While blacks, blues, and purples are common in astrology nails, those don’t have to be your only color choices! This gorgeous teal tone works nicely with the white and gold accents, creating a cute look that goes outside the box. Going for a short nail works particularly well, and is a practical version of an astrology nail look.
Gems of the Galaxy
Long coffin nails provide an ideal canvas for a detailed style, bringing to life faraway galaxies and the worlds in them. Gold gem accents along the delicate lines of the constellations match the golden decals of the moon and stars. In contrast, the nude nails help to simplify the look and provide a neutral base for the constellations.
Sagittarius personalities are free spirits, loving life and good-humored. Even though these nails are highly detailed, the blue color palette fits with the free nature of a Sagittarius. Adding glitter and gems can show one of the faults of this personality, the tendency to focus on the superficial. However, we like to stick with the positives, and argue that the idea here is the more glitz the better!
What a Pair!
These nails are almost as out there as the pairing they represent! When a Gemini and an Aries come together, the playful nature of the Gemini meets with the passion of Aries, creating a dynamic and energetic relationship. While the designs are complex, they nearly match between the sets, which is good with so much going on. The different colors match with the zodiac signs they represent, tying the theme together.
Fit for a Capricorn
A Capricorn is a sensible person, patient and careful. These characteristics come through in this simple nail design, cute and colorful but not too extravagant. The beautiful reverse ombré comes from the sponge effect, perfect for a short nail. Using the same color for the Capricorn symbol fits with the practical nature of the style, as well as making the whole look cohesive.
Curiouser and Curiouser
The beauty of the astrology nails mashes up against a far-out design. Navy nails work nicely with the zodiac symbols, tying together with the liner of the eye. Using a nude nail beneath the eye makes it appear that it is literally looking out from that nail, both an intriguing and slightly concerning prospect.
Minimal Design, Maximum Impact
Black and gold make this look striking. Using the flecked glitter fits with the galaxy look, while the thin black designs also make us think of the constellations. The finishing touch comes from the large gemstone, adding a bit of a bang right there at the end.
Keep it Simple
Sometimes simple is the best! Just using black with the nude base keeps from complicating the color palette, yet the look is still extremely effective. This is also the perfect opportunity to use a nail stamp to get those details just right.
Bright white is a great base if you want a small design to stand out, as with these constellations. Adding a dash of color on a couple of the nails creates a visual contrast, while the star stickers on the constellation bring a fun accent note. The sharp square shape of the nail also fits with the angular design of the constellations, contributing another note of cohesion.
Man in the Moon
Like the sun, the moon is an important part of astrology. While the sun is the outward parts of the personality, the moon is the darker, deeper parts of a person not shared with the outside world. This sense of mystery fits with this nail look, with the jet-black base and delicate glitter over top. Making the moon the center of attention shows a focus on this darker side, perhaps a need to confront it.
Splash of Color
A different type of galaxy nail, this is a chance to use dip powder in a creative way. Start by painting your nails black, then let dry halfway. While the nails are still tacky, use a brush to sprinkle or shake the dip powder over the nail. Shake off the access, then seal with clear coat. To make the astrology nails, add the zodiac symbols as seen here, or other space imagery.
An eclectic style, many elements of astrology nail art come into play. The shimmery blue and simple gray are a nice foil to one another, while the sharp nature of some of the images contrast with the glow of the stars. Keeping the colors of the designs simple helps to prevent the look from being overwhelming.
It is unusual to see a nude ombré, but still gorgeous. Making us think of a hazy morning, the way the ombré drops off at the tip of the nail is beautiful. Going for gold accents fits with the neutral tones while also bringing an element of shine to the look.
Pink and gold are a match made in heaven, perfect to display these heavenly bodies! Large, flecked, holographic glitter complements the pink color of the nails while adding depth to the look. Delicate golden designs are so beautiful, finishing off this pink look fabulously.
Whether you constantly monitor your horoscope or if you simply admire the stars, we all are mystified by the glamours of the night sky. Even if we can’t understand its mysteries, we can at least reflect the glory of space in our art. For some, that art comes in the form of our nails!
You don’t have to believe in fortune telling or the prediction of the stars to know that these looks will be fabulous. Go simple or go all out, you won’t be disappointed in your astrology nails!