DIY Matte Nails

Mad About Matte

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Matte nail polish is so gorgeous and I am totally in love with it right now. I always wanted my favourite nail polishes to be in matte too, so I could wear both finishes on my nail. Unfortunately, you could only buy the glossy ones so I had to make do with what I had. Then I found these simple ways to create your own, so I made my own, using my all time favourite colours. It’s so fast and easy to do….
There are two ways to create your very own matte nail polish

One uses steam, and the other uses cornstarch. So let’s get started!

Method 1) Steam

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This way is so simple and easy. All you have to do is heat up some water, until it starts to boil, or just use boiled water from a kettle. Then pour the boiling water into a bowl and place on a flat surface. Apply your nail colour like you normally would and immediately place your fingertips over the steam face down, to allow the steam to go onto your nails. Now just wait for one minute. The steam will work its magic to create a matte finish to your nail polish. Voila! So easy and looks super cute. Don’t apply a top coat, as this will make your nail polish look shiny and glossy again…. 🙂

Method 2) Cornstarch

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Did you now that Corn starch is a secret ingredient for painters of all kinds. Pour a bit of your nail polish colour onto a piece of wax paper, foil, or plate and add just a bit of corn starch to the polish. Be careful to not add too much, just a small amount. Mix with a toothpick and then apply to your nails how you normally would! The finish will be flat and shine-free, very trendy, and you won’t have to buy an extra top coat or special polish.

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This picture, as seen at the top shows a really trendy way to apply your new matte nail polish. Simply add a glossy coat to the top, or just the regular nail polish to create this look. It’s almost like a matte french manicure. 🙂 There are just so many ways to style matte nails………

Enjoy and Good luck. xoxo

( Photo Credits : Google Images )

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Nail Polish Do’s and Don’ts

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Summer is here, which means we can all try out new nail designs with pretty pastel colours and bright neon ones, to see what we like best. So obviously there is nothing worse than getting out your fave bottle of nail polish and finding it to be a sticky and goopy consistency. Even worse is when it starts to chip only a few hours later.

This happens all the time, so I thought I would share some easy, yet effective ways to make your nail polish last longer.

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1) Don’t store your nail polishes in a random box or on your shelves. By doing so the bottles will not be stored upright and the lacquer will move around the bottle. This will cause air bubbles to appear in the lacquer and thus create the thick and sticky consistency, which we so don’t want.

2) Do apply a base coat and top coat after using the nail colour of your choice. The base coat will help protect your nail and create a smooth surface for your nail colour to be applied to. The top coat will seal in the colour or the design and will prevent chipping, or at least make the chipping process take some extra time. 🙂

3) Don’t use nail polish remover to thin your nail polish. Many nail varnish removers actually contain acetone that can break down the formula of your lacquer and this ruins it.

4) Do use thinner drops, as they are specifically made to thin your nail polish and really do thin the formula.

5) Don’t shake your nail polish to loosen the formula. This is just like the like the first point, where air bubbles will form. Just roll the bottle in the palm of your hands to warm up the polish.

6) As an extra added tip… Don’t apply the nail polish to your cuticles. Try to keep the polish a bit away from the cuticles, to keep them healthy.