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How to Make Your Own Matte Nail Color

by on Feb 22, 2013

DIY matte nail polish

Matte nail polish is kind of a big deal right now. It’s a change from the typical glossy manicure and it can give you pretty cool effects when you’re going all out with the nail art.

Since I’m a cheapo, I thought it would be fun to do a Pintervention on some of the DIY matte nail polish recipes I’ve seen floating around. The one I pinned turned out to be nothing more than a photo from Real Simple and I couldn’t find the actual post. Still, it seemed simple enough. The caption said “Add corn starch to clear polish to get matte finish.” Since it sounded so easy, I decided to kick the whole experiment up a notch by combining that first pin with another one that showed how you can make your own nail colors by mixing eye shadow with clear polish (note: the caption on that pin says to just combine eye shadow and clear polish for a matte nail color, but when you read the actual blog post that it’s pinned from, you learn that she used a matte top coat).

Combining unrelated tutorials is usually what leads to my catastrophic pin fails, but this time wasn’t so bad.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am cheap. I’m not telling you to run out and find an eye shadow color that you’d like to use solely on your nails. I mean you could. I just wouldn’t. I happen to have way too many eye shadow palettes that are a little on the old side (OK, some may date back to high school). We’re talking about grody quads that no longer have lids and would make a makeup artist cringe.

I also happened to have clear polish and corn starch (although this little experiment made me realize how old the corn starch is too. We bought it when we lived in our apartment… five years ago). I had all of the ingredients necessary and my nails were polish free. It was a perfect storm!

Here’s what you do:

diy matte nail polish supplies

1. Gather everything you could need for a little DIY matte nail polish bonanza.

Aside from the essentials (clear polish, corn starch and a nasty eye shadow quad), I used a little paper cup to mix it all up in and some toothpicks for stirring. If you don’t have any disposable cups, tin foil would work just fine.

diy matte nail polish: scrape eyeshadowdiy matte nail polish: combine ingredients

2. Scrape some eye shadow out with your toothpick and then combine it with an equal amount of corn starch.

Pretty self explanatory, right? Get them both in your little cup and combine them like you would the dry ingredients in a cookie recipe. diy matte nail polish: add clear polish

3. Add your clear polish.

How much you add totally depends on the amount of eye shadow and corn starch you’ve got going on. Just eyeball it. You can’t really go wrong.

One tip I’ll give you though is to make sure you mix it well. You don’t want any lumpy bits sticking together and messing up your mani.

diy matte nail polish: mix ingredients well

4. Paint those pretty little fingers.

Once your mixture is nice and smooth, you’re ready to go. Put it on carefully and in thin coats, allowing each coat to dry completely before adding another (I used two coats). Imperfections stand out with matte manicures, so take your time! Pretty simple, right?

This post was originally published on Cuddles and Chaos.

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