These are real feathers that I bought from the Michael's Craft Store. All you have to do is throw on some top coat, stick on the feather and wait for it to harden. When it does, you can trim down the feathers to match the tip of your nail and seal it off with some more top coat. The only issue I had was the feathers would come up at the ends a little bit and I found myself filing a lot. They look cool though!