feather nails: paint your nails with a base color apply a thick top coat Take a feather and apply the top of it at the base of your nail, press it. Take manicure scissors and snip off the end of the feather. Apply the thick top coat over the nails (going from the tip of your nails to the base to keep the shape of the feather). You may discover that the feathers fray after a day or so, so just apply the top coat again to keep them put. resist the urge to peel them!