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 :)
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