Make Your Nail Polish Matte
Most nail polishes will give your nails a glossy finish. It is very fashionable these days to have a matte or non-shiny nail color. Some nail polish companies make products with a matte finish, but these can be expensive. There are other methods you can use at home to create a matte finish cheaply, such as using steam or cornstarch.
Using Cornstarch to Create a Matte Finish
- Apply a bottom coat of polish to your nails.
- Apply this coat as a very thin coat.
- Remember to buff and file your nails before applying any polish.
- Clean each nail with a cotton pad wetted with nail polish remover to clean the nail.
- Allow your bottom coat to dry.
- Get a piece of foil or wax paper. Put a few drops of nail polish on it.
- Obtain a toothpick and a box of cornstarch.
- Take a very small amount of cornstarch and mix it into the nail polish.
- Do this quickly, as the nail polish will dry out.
- The nail polish will be thicker than normal but this is ok.
- Make sure the polish isn't too thick or it won't spread on the nail properly.
- Use a clean nail brush to paint your nails with the mixed polish. Do this as you normally would.
- Remember to start at your cuticle.
- Paint your nails in three stripes: one in the center and one on each side.
- Leave a small gap around the nail for a professional finish.
- Allow the polish to dry completely. Once the polish is dry, you will end up with a matte, non-glossy finish.
- Remember not to blow on your nail polish or move your hands.
- Dry your polish with your hand flat and fingers spread.
- You shouldn't put a top coat on this polish, as it will give your nails a glossy look.
Using A Matte Finish Polish
- Buy a matte nail polish. These are more expensive than regular nail polishes.
- Brands like OPI, Essie, and Revlon make nail polishes with a matte finish.
- If you can't find these, Sally Hansen offers a matte topcoat that you can use over regular polish to achieve this look.
- Try shopping at a beauty store like Ulta or Sephora to find the most variety in colors and brands in matte nail polish.
- Use a nail buffer and file before you paint your nails. This will even out the surface and shape your nails for the best look.
- Hold the nail file at a 45 degree angle as you shape the top edge of your nails.
- Mirror the shape of your cuticles for a natural curved shape to your nails.
- Buff the surface of your nails to get rid of any imperfects and to even out the surface.
- Any ridges or dents in your nail will show when you put matte polish on them.
- Swipe a cotton ball wetted with removed over your nail. Wipe this over your entire nail.
- Push this into the cuticle area and side walls of the nail.
- This will remove any dirt and debris that are on the nail.
- This also will remove natural oils from your nail that can serve as barrier for polish to stick.
- Let your nails dry. This should only take a couple of seconds.
- Paint your nails with a clear bottom coat. Many nail polishes have a bottom coat built in.
- Check the label of your nail polish to see if this is the case.
- If not, apply a thin bottom coat to each nail.
- Do your dominant hand with your non-dominant hand, starting at the pinky and working towards the thumb. This allows you to paint your nails without risk of touching and smudging.
- Paint the color. Start by wiping off any excess polish on the brush off on the lip of the nail polish bottle.
- Place the brush close to the cuticle, then push back further without touching the skin.
- Paint each nail in three strokes: one in the middle, one on each side.
- Leave a small gap around the edges of your nail for a professional finish.
- Clean up your paint job. Dip a Q-tip into nail polish remover.
- Correct any mistakes, wiping the wetted Q-tip over any messy areas.
- Give your nails a last look to make sure you have cleaned up all mistakes.
- Let the polish dry for at least 2 minutes.
- Apply a topcoat. If you are using matte nail paint, you might not need a topcoat.
- If you are using regular nail polish, try a matte top coat such as Sally Hansen.
- Apply this in the same way you did the color.
- Let the topcoat dry completely.
- Don't blow on the nail polish or flap your hands. Allow the polish to dry with your hands flat and fingers spread out.
Using Steam to Create A Matte Finish
- Paint your nails with regular nail polish. Start by filing and buffing your nails then cleaning each nail.
- Apply a bottom coat and allow this to dry.
- Apply the color coat, taking care not to put the color on too thick.
- Correct any mistakes with a Q-tip wetted with nail polish remover.
- Let your nails dry completely.
- Pour some water into a pan. Put this on the stove over high heat.
- Bring the pan to a full boil.
- Make sure the pan is creating a lot of steam.
- The steam will help to make the finish of your nail polish look matte.
- Place your hand above the steam. You will need to expose all parts of each nail to the steam.
- Usually you need to just hold each hand over the steam for 3-5 seconds.
- Be careful not to hold your hand too close to the pot or you can get steam burns.
- Move your hand through the steam slowly to make sure all parts of your nails are hit by the steam.
- Check your polish. If should look matte. If there are parts which are still glossy, hold your hand over the steam for another 3-5 seconds.
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