Sunday, April 15, 2012

Feather Manicure

I did this manicure once last summer, but it didn't turn out so well and I ended up peeling it off within 24 hours. I decided to try it again, this time with more success. It's super simple and inexpensive.

First paint your nails with a base color (I used Nicole by OPI "My Lifesaver").

After they dry, apply a thick top coat (I used OPI top coat). Take a feather (I got these in a pack at Michael's for around a dollar- the pack comes with tons of feathers too) and apply the top of it at the base of your nail. You can apply the feathers diagonally if you choose, but I did mine straight. 

Press the feather into the top coat.
Take manicure scissors and snip off the end of the feather. It might take a couple of trims to get the feather close to where your nail ends.

Apply the thick top coat over the nails (going from the tip of your nails to the base as to not disrupt how the feathers are facing).
And you're done!

You may discover that the feathers fray after a day or so, so just apply the top coat again to keep them put.
Using a thick top coat holds the feathers better than a thin one (usually quick-dry top coats are thinner).
Resist the urge to peel your nails! It will be tough because with the feather and multiple layers of top coat you may really want to just peel it off- but don't! It'll be worth it, promise :)

Thanks for viewing!


  1. Those are so awesome!
    Really cute idea.
    ; )

  2. This is so neat, I blogged the exact same thing just a few days apart and this is the first time I've seen your blog or your pin! So neat when two people come up with the same idea - although yours looks much better than mine! ^.^ What top coat did you use? My feathers didn't stay on but a few days before they started to loosen up. :(

    1. I definitely did not come up with this idea. I saw it on stumbleupon (remember that? haha) last summer and tried it, but it did not turn out so well. I think the key is the topcoat. For this time I used the OPI topcoat, which is great because it's thick. But I did have to do some touch-ups every so often, I think it's just the nature of the mani. Thanks for the comment! :)

  3. I love the look bt, I think not peeling all those thick layers might B too much for me!, I'd love to try it w/t an acrylic mani & set the feather inside the layers. Thanks for the great tuto :)

  4. I love this! It looks so easy and so cute!! I am always looking for something new to try on my nails and this is totally do-able. I think I would only do it on one finger personally, but I love the colors you used! I am going to try this! thanks for the idea :]