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 :)!


12 comments:

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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