Step-by-Step Feather Nails {how to}

Ever wondered what feather nails look like?    Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do them.  Feather nails are super easy, although a bit time consuming {give yourself an hour to do your nails}. Unfortunately, they don’t last long (unlike gel nails), but, they are perfect for for a fun day or night out and absolutely worth the time it takes to apply them.  feather nails

We’ve been on a fancy-schmancy nail kick in these parts and when I saw a tutorial for doing feather nails {check out all the other ideas too!}, I couldn’t resist.

You’ll Need:

  • Feathers-I bought my feathers at Michael’s.  I bought two bags.  One bag of multi-colored feathers, one bag of neutral colored feathers.  Each bag was $2.49 each.
  • Clear Top Coat Nail Polish
  • Neutral Colored Base Coat-I used a pale pink, Grace used white.
  • Cuticle Scissors-You can use any scissors, but cuticle scissors will definitely work the best!

Here’s How to Apply Feathers to Your Nails:

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Step 1:  Paint a neutral base coat on your nails.  Allow to dry.

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Step 2:  Paint a coat of clear top coat on one nail.  Select feather and place on nail in desired position.  Press down on wet top coat and let sit for 20 seconds.  Do not use the fluffy part of the feather.  It does not work well!

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Step 3:  Cut feather to fit around nail with cuticle feathers.

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Step 4:  Paint with clear top coat nail polish.  I’d do like 4 or 5 coats of clear nail polish.

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Step 5:  Repeat process with each nail on your hand.

Colored Feathers

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Using colored feathers is lots of fun, too.  See how different the nails look with a white base coat and colored feathers?  Totally versatile!

What do you think?  Are you up for giving feather nails a try?

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  1. Now that’s a totally new nail concept to me! I like it. Will have to give it a try on my nails.

  2. These are so neat!

  3. Which came first, the problem or the sotinuol? Luckily it doesn’t matter.