Tip Tuesday: DIY Matte Top Coat

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Most of the time I find myself attracted to shiny things. It's my inner 6-year-old. But I gotta say, I really love a matte finish on nails. Maybe it's the fact that a flat finish is a little less ordinary?

At any rate, a matte top coat is a great product to have on hand if you do your nails often. Finish your nails with it and any polish is instantly transformed from gloss to matte. They are really fun for creating subtle nail art as well, as you can choose to apply the matte top coat in some areas and leave other areas glossy. I use Hydration Therapy Moisture Balancing Top Coat Matte from Nail Tek, but Essie, OPI, and Butter offer matte versions as well.

If you don't have a matte top coat, you can mix one up in just a few seconds. All you need to do is add cornstarch to your regular topcoat and boom: matte nails. I painted my nails in a variety of colors and finishes to see how this trick would work over different polishes. As you can see it did a pretty good job on all of them!

Get the full step-by-step instructions and my verdict on this trick after the jump.

DIY Matte Topcoat


Here's what you'll need:
Top Coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)
Small bowl or container (optional)
Alumninum foil


1. Line your small bowl with aluminum foil. If you want to you can skip the bowl, and just mix directly on the foil. The mixture is thick enough that it should stay put.


2. Drop a pinch of cornstarch into the bowl. You don't need much.


3. Dump in a little of your regular top coat. Just eyeball it, it's not an exact science.


4. Mix the two together and immediately apply to all nails before it dries out.


The verdict: Mixing cornstarch with regular top coat makes for a pretty thick mixture. It pays to apply it quickly and in a very thin coat. You can see on my blue pinky nail that when it is apply too thickly, it creates a white film. I definitely prefer my store bought version but in a pinch, this technique definitely works and is beyond easy to make.

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