paint nails base color, dry, apply thick top coat, take a feather, apply the top of it at the base of your nail, or diagonally, but I did mine straight. Press the feather into the top coat. Take manicure scissors and snip off the end of the feather. It might take a couple of trims to get the feather close to where your nail ends. Apply the thick top coat over the nails (going from the tip of your nails to the base as to not disrupt how the feathers are facing). And you're done!