Sunday, 4 November 2012

Real Feather Nail Art Tutorial

This tutorial is for the feather nail art I posted yesterday. I tried my best to explain the way I did it, but as they say, a picture speaks a thousand words so I think you'll find this tutorial much easier to understand!


You will need...
A base colour. I chose Essie Glamour Purse.
A few top coats - one that's very thick (I'm using a bottle of Essence Better Than Gel Nails that's a few months old) and one that dries quickly (like Seche Vite).
A nail file
A small pair of scissors
And, of course, some feathers! The thinner and lighter the better.
I got mine from Hobbycraft in a huge bag for £2.99 but you should be able to find something suitable in most large craft stores. I think Michaels is the US equivalent of Hobbycraft in the UK.



Before you start, prepare all of the feathers you plan to use by cutting off the ends. This is the only part we need to use. Pick out feathers that match the size of your nail(s) so that you don't have too much overhang at the cuticles which can be a pain to trim. 

Paint on your base colour, let it dry, then add a thick coat of your thick clear top coat.


While the clear coat is still tacky, carefully place the feather on to your nail. Try to only cover the part of your nail that has colour on.
Lick the index finger on your other hand and use that to very gently press the feather down in to the sticky nail polish. Don't worry about the unwanted feather hanging off the end of your nail just yet.

When that's completely dry, apply a few coats of your fast drying top coat. Carry it on past the end of your nail to make the feather hard and easy to cut/file. I used 3 coats of Seche Vite to give it a thick glaze!

Once that's dry, use scissors or cuticle clippers to trim off most of the excess feather hanging off the end of your nail.

You can remove what's left with a nail file which also leaves you with a nice smooth edge. This will stop it from annoyingly catching on your clothes and remove the temptation to pick it off!

I like to clean up around my cuticles with pure acetone and a small paintbrush, especially after piling on all that top coat!

And here's the result...



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57 comments:

  1. That is so cool! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  2. Thank you for the tutorial, it looks beautiful!

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  3. Thanks for this tutorial, it's very useful for me!

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  4. wow wow wow - looks so beautiful!
    love it!

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  5. This tutorial is wonderful! I've added one more thing to my list to try out now!

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  6. This is so amazing! I love it ;-)

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  7. What a cool tutorial!! It looks great!

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  8. It is beautiful!, very nice!. I have to do it. I just need to find the feathers.

    Thanks for the tutorial!, bye!

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial, it's very cute

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  10. I love all your manis, and this one is not the exception. It looks really beutiful! well, it'll sound silly, but is there a way to do this with artificial feathers?

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  11. This is awesome! I hope I get a chance to try this out soon! :D

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  12. Great tutorial! Thank you!
    xxx

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  13. Omg, this is sooo beutiful, love it! I think I'm gona try this :)

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  14. Great tutorial! It really makes this mani look manageable!

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  15. Amazing tutorial! Need to try this

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  16. This is the first time I've seen a feather manicure that I liked! Awesome job!!

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  17. I must do this, thank you so much for posting this!

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  18. Wonderful! I was thinking of doing the same but using an acrylic overlay, so it's an encapsulated feather!

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  19. Ahhhh! I saw this on Instagram and I LOVE them so much! Fantastic tutorial. :) <3

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  20. LOVE the tutorial and mani! :)

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  21. I've been wondering about this... such good timing for a tutorial. Thanks!

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  22. I'm so glad you posted a tutorial on how to do that feather look. I was quite intrigued about how you did it. *thumbs*

    samantha@manicabana.com

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  23. This is just fantastic but with all those coats - isn't this a pickers dream? I would not be able to keep this on for more than maybe a day. LOTS of work...

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  24. This is so so so awesome!!
    I will definitely try this out :D
    Thanks for the tutorial! It's so quick and easy to understand

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  25. This makes me wanna go out, go to a small water stream nearby and see if I can find some feathers! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  26. This must be one of the most unique manis I've seen! Excellent! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  27. this is fantasic, and it doesnt seem as complicated as i thought.... ;)))

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  28. I´ll definitely try this! Thanks a lot for the tutorial!

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  29. LOVE it! I will be trying this one very soon :-)

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  30. Wow...I've been wanting to try this technique..thanks for the step by step tutorial...easy to understand. I live in the states, so I can't get the Essence top coat...what would you recommend as a substitute?

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  31. i have to try this! awesome :)

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  32. it's sooo beautiful! i want to do this =D

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  33. So happy you made a tutorial for this feather nail art! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  34. Thank you for this. I really should try my feathers and this was helpful!

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  35. That looks fabulous! And I actually have that polish, Essie's Glamour Purse. It looks great in the pics, even better in person.

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  36. Bit late to the party here, but these are awesome :) I absolutely love the Essence Gel Top Coat and lived in Germany last year, used so much of it, it's insane. I noticed you are in the UK too though, so where did you find it? I am running out... need to source it from somewhere!!!

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    1. Hi Rosy, I had a friend in Europe send me a few bottles. I wish we could get it here, it's SO GOOD! x

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    2. Oh bad times, I was hoping there would be some way I could get it, it is literally the best thing I have used! Trip to Germany it is then! :) Thanks x

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  37. love ittt!<3 u're so creative :) i'm just in love with your blog!

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  38. crazy! love it! never seen this before!

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  39. Owh! I tried this with a peacock feather and it didn't work! This looks amazing!

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  40. This is amazing! You are a genius!

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  41. Really not as much work as some people may think! Way more doable and newbie friendly than any of the water marbling fads out there. I'm not at all skilled with nail things but this still came out cute. I did it on my toes because, like a commenter above suggested, it'd be so thick I'd pick it off my nails.

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