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Plumage nail art: 2 Feather-inspired designs

Kara Endres is a graphic designer, illustrator and fashion blogger based in south Florida. She showcases her DIY skills on her blog, Sprinkles in Springs, as well as shopping guides, trends, fashion inspiration, illustrations, and nail a...

Get the look with real or painted feathers

If you love nature, you'll love these nails! We're incorporating a real feather that's sure to turn heads, as well as a glitzy and colorful painted version.

Real feathers | -- final

Real feathers


  • Essie's Sand Tropez
  • Square Hue's Lincoln Road
  • Essie top coat
  • Scissors
  • Feathers (we used Guinea Hen)

Real feathers | -- supplies



Paint two nails gray and three nails tan. Let dry.

Real feathers | -- base


Apply feather

Working one nail at a time, apply a top coat and position the tip of a feather over your nail, and then gently press down. Let it dry a bit and then trim the excess feather. Repeat for all nails.

Real feathers | -- feather decoration

Real feathers | -- decoration



Apply a top coat on top of the feather to seal it. The result will be textured, but you can add as many top coats as you want to make it more glossy.

Real feathers | -- final

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