How To Use Real Feathers On Your Nails

I’ve seen lots of my favourite nail bloggers playing with feathers in their manicures and i’ve always wanted to give it a go, but i haven’t been able to find any i like that are small enough and cheap enough to layer between polish. Not until The Glitter Shop came to my rescue yet again and sent through these beautiful Nail Art Feathers* for me to have a play with, hoorah!

I was surprised at just how easy they were to use – you just need a lot of top coat. I painted my base colour and waited for it to dry, then painted a layer of clear polish to place the feather into and pressed it down gently. I then waited a few minutes for it to adhere to the clear polish before walloping about three coats of seche vite on top to seal it and bob’s your uncle – an amazing feather nail art look! Just snip the end of your feather and cap the ends with your last coat of clear polish to finish off the edges.

They stayed on for a good 4-5 days until i couldn’t resist the urge to pick them off any longer. I love them, I’m just so pleased with the final look considering how easy it was to create. Now for those of you wondering, yes these are real guinea foul feathers which means they are a byproduct like our leather shoes and handbags. If you’re uncomfortable using real feathers and can’t find any synthetic alternatives you like, The Glitter Shop sell full water nail art decals to look like a feather manicure that you can try out instead! I gave them a go and while they looked quite good they just couldn’t compare to the real thing for me, but for those looking for a vegan friendly version keep your eyes peeled for those on the shop soon!

Polish Used: OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons & Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow*.

You can buy a bag of 10 feathers from The Glitter Shop’s ebay store HERE for just 99p which is a real bargain – they’re the best i’ve seen around and at a great price too!

Have you tried a feather manicure yet? What do you think of this look?

Tweet me @xameliax #feathernails