11 New Ways to Wear Matte Nails – Lyfe Tea

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11 New Ways to Wear Matte Nails

Posted on 12 January 2017


When matte nails were first introduced, everyone flipped out. But over the past few years, the lo-fi lacquer became more than a single subdued shade. You can offset a flat base with high-gloss details or matte out an entire design with a topcoat. The options are literally endless. Here, 13 fresh matte looks to try, courtesy of our favorite Instagram nail artists.

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.

Design by @aliciatnails

Black and Gold

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.

Design by @karengnails

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.

Design by @mpnails

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.

Design by @jessicawashick

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 nailsin 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.

Design by rosebnails

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.

Design by @paintboxnails

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.

Design by @palemoonseattle

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.

Design by @nataliepavloskinails

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.

Design by @rosebnails

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.Design by @vanityprojects

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.

Design by @vanityprojects

Air Jordan III

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

Design by @krocaine

Original article can be found here.

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