A Feather Manicure in Memory

This manicure was created with a special friend in mind.  I learned on Saturday that a long-time friend passed away suddenly.  He lived several hours away in Toronto so we didn’t see each other frequently, but we always kept in touch and he was one of those life-long friends that I could call at any time for any reason.  We helped each other through a lot of crap over the years and he never passed judgement even when I made the wrong choices.  The last time I saw him he was in town for his best friend’s wedding which he asked me to attend with him.  Prior to the wedding I had a dress picked out and of course wanted to match my nails to the dress… so he sat at my nail station with me for a couple of hours and waited and watched as I did my nails.  It was the first time I ever tried using a real feather for nail art.  He was completely fascinated by the process and at the wedding he kept showing everyone my feather nails and he even took pictures of them.  (This is the mani).

I had a bit of a rough weekend after hearing he passed and as I sat down to do my weekly mani I knew that I had to use feathers again in memory of him.  This time I went all out and put feathers on every nail!  Life is too short sometimes.  Had I known it would be the last time I would see my friend, I would have spent more time with him while he was here and given him a much tighter hug when he left.

Chickettes.com Feature Manicure using Gel PolishFor this mani I applied my Gelish base coat and cured.  From there I did each nail individually since using feathers is a little tricky.  I applied a layer of Gelish top coat over the base and while it was still wet, I placed a feather onto my nail and pressed it down into the top coat and then cured (these are small craft feathers that you can get online or at a craft store).  The feathers wanted to stick up on the sides, so I used an orangewood stick to hold the sides down while I was curing.  Sometimes the feathers still stuck up a bit, so I applied more top coat over the feather one side at a time and again held it in place while curing.

At this point the feather still extended over the top edge of the nail, so I trimmed it down with scissors and then filed the remainder off.  Because I didn’t use a base color underneath, the tips of my nails were exposed slightly, so I used Couture Little Black Dress to cap the edges and hide the visible tips.  And then I finally topped it all off with one last layer of top coat.

Chickettes.com Feature Manicure using Gel Polish

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20 Responses

  1. Lena says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. This mani is a wonderful way to remember your friend.

  2. Jera says:

    Gorgeous! I am very sorry to hear of your friend. It’s never easy to say goodbye forever. Just remember the fun times you had together and keep those memories close to your heart! I absolutely love your posts. You have helped me many times while learning to do Gelish over the past year and you are my go to website to find out any information I could possibly want to know about the gel products.

    Thank you so much for sharing your abundance of Gelish knowledge!

    “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” -Richard Bach

  3. Suzanne C. says:

    What a wonderful tribute. So sorry for your loss :(

  4. MiraL says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss.
    Your blog is wonderful and I’ve learned a lot from you!

  5. Lori says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your friend & hope your heart heals quickly. I’m sure he would love your beautiful tribute to him.

  6. Neshii S says:

    It’s SO sweet of you to do that in memory of him. He’s up there smiling down at you thanking you for it! :))
    It’s SO unique, I LOVE it!

  7. kelliegonzo says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. This beautiful manicure is a lovely way of honoring his memory!

  8. Delores Peoples says:

    sorry for your lost, because it is hard to find a true friend, my prayers goes to you and his family

  9. Andrea says:

    Thank you all for your kind words. It means a lot to me <3

  10. Ann says:

    Beautiful mani! So sorry to hear of your friend’s passing.

  11. Jolien says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, this is beautiful

  12. Sandy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I also remember how impressed I was by your use of the feathers in your grey-and-yellow manicure when I saw it. This one is quite a tribute to your friend’s memory, beautifying both your nails and the web as well in the way your friend was impressed with, and I know, still is. I hope it’s OK if I pray for you and his family; that your grief and loss will heal soon and all the great memories of your friend will remain.

  13. Vic says:

    A beautiful mani for beautiful memories

  14. So sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful mani for such a special person to you, a lovely tribute

  15. Gosia says:

    This is a beautiful mani! Great way to honor your friend. So sorry for your loss!

  16. Katharine in Brussels says:

    Hi Chickettes, this post has taken me out of silent admiration of your expertise (‘lurking’ but not like a creep). I am so sorry to hear about your wonderful friend moving on. He was such a special guy and touched so many hearts that he had done what needed to be done, and his uniqueness was needed somewhere else. Where he is he’s well and fine, but it is us who he leaves behind that are heartbroken. My sincere condolences to you and his loved ones, including his family who must be in unimaginable shock. The ones we love never really leave us. When you miss him, just ask for him to be there, and in your heart you’ll feel him. It’s not the same, but his specialness was needed somewhere else. He is spreading his special kind of magic now in another part of the universe.

  17. Lauren Capser says:

    Wow this is a really creative design! I like how you executed it too!