Anyway, nails. I bought some feathers absolutely ages ago after seeing a great feather nail art tutorial on the Nailasaurus (which you can see here), but they've since sat unused and unloved like so many other nail art supplies... So I decided it was finally time to use them!
When I bought these, for some reason they only had brightly coloured feathers in Hobbycraft. Nothing remotely natural looking. So, I present to you my bright blue feather manicure:
Remember that glitter from my last post that I said ended up everywhere? Yep, that's it there on my middle finger. Oops.
The polish that has been unceremoniously dusted with leftover glitter is China Glaze Manhunt - definitely one of my favourite blues. It's just so darn glassy. On my thumb I added a coat of Barry M Blue Glitter over the top, and then added a little freehand feather just to try and tie the look together a bit.
On my little and ring fingers I used Nails Inc New York Noir - I know it's irrelevant because I top coat everything, but this polish is so amazingly glossy. For the feather accent I pretty much did what's in the Nailasaurus' tutorial except not as well. I decided I didn't want all the thin, sparse bit at the end of the feather on my nail so I just stuck like a middlish part of the feather on my nail and for some reason thought I'd be able to trim around my cuticle with scissors afterwards? I blame my cold...it's affecting my brain. Anyway, as you can see, that didn't work,so don't do that. I did manage to trim it down a bit shorter but I stopped before I started shredding my cuticles, so it isn't as clean a line as I'd like. You live and learn... Also, I added another coat of Seche Vite after filing off the excess feather, just to ensure my ends were wrapped and it was all sealed in.
What do you think? Have you tried using feathers in your nail art before? I'd love to see if you have :)