Monday, May 7, 2012

tutorial - feather nails

So I've been seeing tons of tumbls, tweets & pics on instagram with feather nails lately so I decided to give it a try myself. It's actually funny because I had just taken off my nail polish & took out a bag of feathers. I was waiting until the next day to work on the tutorial because I needed sunlight for the photos & I received a message from a friend. Amanda from Featherband wrote to me & told me to try out the feather manicure! Such a crazy coincidence, but I guess it just tells you how popular it is right now :)

I've gotta admit, the first nail was a total failure but I learned a few things & it became easier & now I can't stop looking at my nails! Here's the look we're going for:

What you'll need:
- a neutral base colour
- a top coat
- feathers
- scissors (I eventually switched to cuticle scissors)

I started with a truly shitty coat of base colour. Seriously, I didn't let these dry & I did some sewing & I slept with them. Whatever, it doesn't matter because they get covered for the most part.

Top coat just ONE nail...

then pick a feather and carefully place the tip of the feather onto your nail. I found that picking one that is long and soft (without too thick of a main "stem" thing) helps!

Press the feather down onto the top coat, making sure it's completely stuck down & let it dry on for about 30 seconds!

After it's stuck on decently, trim off the excess. TIP: try to trim as close as possible to the end of your nail. If possible, trim the feather so that it's just a tiiiiiny bit shorter than your nail! This will ensure that your nails aren't the scratchiest, roughest things ever. & that's why I switched to using little cuticle scissors. It might take a couple tries to trim them properly.

Paint on a single layer of top coat & let it dry.

Do the same with all your nails! You'll notice that the one coat of top coat will stick the feathers in place but it still shows a bit of the feather texture. Add one or two more coats to get a smooth & sealed finish!

After letting the topcoats dry, admire how smoothly sealed in the feathers are! Seriously, I can't stop touching and looking at these nails :)!


  1. Soooo cool! I´d never imagined that it could be possible to actually use feathers.
    You are always bringing new and creative ideas, love it! :D

  2. Where'd you get the feathers from and I didn't know people used real feathers either. WOW

  3. WOW THESE LOOK FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! cant wait to try it!

  4. OMG OMG OMG what a great idea! i absolutely love those nails!!! 

  5. Wow, that's so creative. I love it!

  6. That's amazing ! Gives me so many ideas !
    I have a new DIY project on the blog today, come check it out !

  7. This is def one my favs out of all your awesome nail tuts! AhMAzing!!

  8. Awesome!
    Nail art is so much more creative these days :)
    Definitely gonna try this one :3

  9. You've done this extremely well, and thank you for the step by step tutorial, I've tried but failed, but not given up!

  10. this is the most awesome thing i've ever seen bring more stuff...........................i'm waiting:D


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