12 Amazing New Ways to Wear Matte Nails

12 New Ways to Wear Matte Nails

The lo-fi lacquer doesn’t have to be low-key.

The lo-fi lacquer is more than just a single subdued shade. Offset a flat base with high-gloss details or matte out an entire design with a topcoat. Here, 12 fresh matte looks to try, courtesy of our favorite Instagram nail artists.

Metallic Splatter

Contrast a matte gradient with gold splatter for a celestial look.

 

Try a monochrome polka dot design by starting with a matte base.  Once dry paint the dots with a glossy polish in the same color.Design by @aliciatnails

Try a monochrome polka dot design by starting with a matte base. Once dry, paint the dots with a glossy polish in the same color.

 

For this look, start with a matte black nail. Add a metallic gold lacquer to your tips for a glam, but minimal design. Design by @karengnails

For this look, start with a matte black nail. Add a metallic gold lacquer to your tips for a glam but minimal design.

 

Matte + Chrome

If you want a higher contrast, apply chrome nail tape to your tips instead of polish.Design by @mpnails

If you want a higher contrast, apply chrome nail tape to your tips instead of polish.

 

Embellished Flowers

For a textured floral nail, this design mixes matte polish, regular polish and embellishments. Start with a matte base. Let dry, then paint flower petals in a glossy hue. Finish the nail with crystal accents glued to the center of each flower.  Design by @jessicawashick

For a textured floral nail, this design mixes matte polish, regular polish, and embellishments. Start with a matte base. Let it dry and then paint flower petals in a glossy hue. Finish the nail with crystal accents glued to the center of each flower.

 

Marble Matte

Instead of creating tie dyed nails in bright neon, choose a realistic Carrera marble design. You can follow the same steps as a traditional marbled nail, or you can freeform the design by hand. Either way, use a paintbrush dipped in polish remover to gently blur the edges. Finish with a matte topcoat and voila, you're matching your kitchen tabletop. Design by rosebnails

Instead of creating tie-dyed nails in bright neon, choose a realistic Carrara marble design. You can follow the same steps as a traditional marbled nail, or you can freestyle the design by hand. Either way, use a paintbrush dipped in polish remover to gently blur the edges. Finish with a matte topcoat and voila: You match the bathroom marble.

 

Matte Neon

Start with a neon orange base, then add an inverted-V to each nail. Once dry, set the look with a matte topcoat. Design by @paintboxnails

Start with a neon orange base and then add an inverted V to each nail. Once dry, set the look with a matte topcoat.

 

Matte Pastel

On the opposite side of the color spectrum is the matte pastel, seen here in a negative nail design.Design by @palemoonseattle

On the opposite side of the color spectrum is the matte pastel, seen here in a negative nail design.

 

Minimal Half Moon

Try this easy negative design by painting matte black to the half moon of each nail.Design by @nataliepavloskinails

Try this easy negative design by painting matte black to the half moon of each nail.

 

Outlined Half Moon

Or, reverse the design of the last nail for this design. Start by taping off your half moon. Add a matte black polish and wait to dry. Remove the tape, then outline the base of your nail in the same color. Design by @rosebnails

Or reverse the design of the last nail for this look. Start by taping off your half moon. Add a matte black polish and wait to dry. Remove the tape, then outline the base of your nail in the same color.

 

Graphic Aztec Inspired

Tape off your half moon in a triangle shape. Paint a taupe matte polish and let dry. Use a thin brush to add linear details.

 

Air Jordan III

You can add a matte topcoat to literally any nail, like this detailed look inspired by Air Jordan III’s.

 

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