All photos indoors with compact flourescent lighting

Today's nail art was a lot of fun to do!  My friend Erica recently returned from a year in Paris, which she will not stop talking about, not that I can blame her!  She also loves nail polish, so she came over the other day and we talked about Paris and music and boys and painted our nails.
We looked at all sorts of designs, and eventually decided to do a peacock feather design on each nail.  I think they turned out quite well, if I do say so myself.  ;)


  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Bronze Ablaze (or a brownish polish, for the main feather area)
  • NYC Big Money Frost (or a sheer greenish polish, for the edges of the feather)
  • Sinful Colors Gorgeous (or a nice peacock teal, for the outer part of the "eye" of the feather)
  • Sinful Colors San Francisco (or a peacock-esque green, for the outer part of the "eye" of the feather)
  • Sinful Colors What's Your Name (or a blackened blue or black with blue glitter, for the center of the feather's "eye"
  • Sinful Colors Midnight Blue (or a royal blue, to highlight the center of the feather's "eye")
  • Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (or your favorite topcoat)
  • Assorted dotting tools/pencils/etc.


  • Start by applying your Base Coat to clean dry nails.
  • Paint the whole nail with your base feather color (Bronze Ablaze, for me.)
  • Using a sheer green (we used Big Money Frost), brush a thin, irregular border around the free edge of the nail.  No need to make perfectly clean lines here.
  • With Gorgeous and a large dotting tool (a pencil eraser works great here) make a large circle near the cuticle.  Then take the small dotting tool and San Francisco to add some green highlights to imitate the duochrome sheen of the feather.
  • Using a small dotting tool (or the sharp end of that pencil) and What's Your Name, make a small Pac-Man shape inside the green circle, with the opening facing up.  Highlight that with a small dot of Midnight Blue.
  • Finish the design by sealing it with topcoat and cleaning up any polish that got on your skin.
  • Ta-da!  You have peacock feather nails, no bird required.

What do you think of this nail design?  Would you wear peacock nails?  Would you like to see photo or video tutorials for designs like this instead of typed out ones?  Let me know in the comments! :)