As a little girl my grandmother used to tell me if I wasn't good she would beat me with a feather. At the time the irony was lost on me but today I found myself feeling beat-up and defeated by a tiny little pink feather. No matter how I tried to do the feather nail technique it was a mess and a disaster. I didn't give up and found a fool proof way of doing it that I want to share.
At first I was doing like the ladies I have seen on YouTube. Painting my nail and once it was tacky dragging and pressing the tip of the feather into place. My polish kept getting demolished and the feather kept spreading out leaving huge gaps and a sloppy design. Despite how many coats of clear I used or how long I let it dry I couldn't even get a half way presentable feather nail. Here is what ended up working for me....
I painted my nails like so. The pink is China glaze Beauty Within and the green is Highlight Of My Summer. They are both polishes from the new summer line which I am loving. The collection is six creams and six jelly polishes. I've read some complaints about the formulas but I don't have any to contribute nor do I agree for the most part.
I cut a rectangle out of a Ziploc bag and painted a thin coat of Seche Vite. I pressed some feathers into the areas of clear polish. After that was all dry I went back over the feathers with another clear coat. When the polish was dry I peeled it off the bag and trimmed it down a little. I painted some clear polish over my green nail and pressed the feather decal onto it careful to get it stuck down on the entire surface. This method of making nail decals was not my idea but I thought it would be great for feathers and it worked like a charm. My feather didn't spread out and cutting off the excess was a breeze.
I finished trimming off any extra areas and added another coat of Seche Vite. When I was dry I filed down the tips and edges and I had a pretty close to undisturbed feather. I don't always get defeated by feathers but when I do I experiment until they are right where I want them... in one piece on my accent nails.