I had just purchased a little bag of colored craft feathers and really wanted to try it out. Since it was my first time working with the material (feathers!) I decided to only use 1 per hand so that if it looked horrible, I would only have to worry about fixing 2 fingers :)
To my surprise, these things were super easy to work with. The hardest part is trimming the feather to fit your nail. Once that's done, the rest is easy peasy!
Franken (made by myself) in Lady Finger
Blue glitter that I seriously cannot remember the name of...
Craft feathers from Hobby Lobby
I used a green and a blue feather, just to test out different shades. I liked how the green feather matched my funky french but preferred the coverage with the blue feather.
Here's how I did my feather mani:
1. select a feather large enough to cover your who nail
2. trim the bottom into a rounded shape to match and fit your nail shape
3. paint your nail a nude color (if you have a very dense feather, you can probably skip this)
4. wait for the nude polish to dry and then apply a thick layer of topcoat
5. quickly place your feather and apply LIGHT pressure. Too much and you risk your nude polish seeping through the feather
6. trim the tip so that you don't have extra feathery bits hanging from your nail
7. apply another thick later of topcoat!
there may be an easier way to do this, but this method worked well for me. The feathers stayed on as long as the rest of my polish. After a couple of days, I did find myself peeling little feather strips but by then, my tips were starting to show signs of wear...
What do you think of feather accent nails?
Until next time ^_^