After mesmerizing Instagram nail trends like holographic and chrome nails, going back to basics with a matte finish formula may seem a tad boring. That is, until manicurists found a way to incorporate the new wave of chrome mani's and blank space nails into the matte look to create one dressed up matte finish nail with festive accoutrements and less-is-more designs.
So, whether you prefer stripes, glitter, or something a little more minimalist, we're giving you 5 new ways to matte-ify your nails, just in time for fall!
NAIL TREND: 5 NEW WAYS TO WEAR MATTE NAILS FOR FALL 2016
Striped matte nails are the easiest way to rock this trend – especially if you're doing them yourself! Choose two matte colours (this silver and black combo looks great!), then perfect your base with a clear base coat. Cover one half of your nail with a sticker, and paint the other half with one matte polish. Remove the sticker once the nail dries, then apply the second matte polish to the other half of the nail. Make the halves as small or as large as you desire for a unique look and finish off with a clear top coat!
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For a festive collaboration, try mixing a gold glitter formula with a matte finish polish. Start off by painting your entire nail with a matte polish of your choice, then use a gold or silver glitter polish to play around and create unique designs on your nail. Use stickers and stencils to guide you if needed!
Colour blocking on the nails can be a difficult task when done at-home, but it looks great if done correctly! To get this look, you'll need stickers in at least three different shapes (crescent, rectangle, and square). Apply a clear top coat, then place two of the three stickers on the nail, arranging them to your desire. Using a black matte finish formula, cover one area of the nail that isn't covered by a sticker. Remove one sticker, then use a white matte finish formula to paint another area of the nail. Remove the final sticker, and voila! A clean, colour blocked look. Don't forget to finish off with a base coat!
MATTE AND CHROME
Who said matte and chrome couldn't be seen on the same nail? Spice up a classic matte formula with a chrome French tip for one eye-catching duo. To incorporate both of these trend-y finishes into one look, start off by coating each nail with a clear base coat. Next, use a sticker to cover the top end of your nail, where the French, chrome tip will go. Paint the bottom half of your nail with a matte finish polish – try a cool green or burnt orange for a daring fall look. Let the polish dry for about one minute, then repeat for a second coat. Remove the sticker from the top end of your nail, then let the matte polish dry completely.
Once dry, place a half-moon shaped sticker on the painted end of the nail to ensure that no polish gets on the first shade. Next, using a metallic shade, paint the tips of your nails for a French manicure effect. Let the first coat dry, then repeat and remove the sticker. Let the tips dry then finish off with a clear top coat!
The half-and-half look, or 'halo effect' is similar to the matte and chrome look, but the colours share equal halves of the nail. To get this look, start off with a base coat, then cover one half of your nail with a crescent shaped sticker. Paint the half of the nail that isn't covered with a matte formula, then let it dry and repeat. Remove the sticker, and apply it one the painted half of the nail to ensure a clean look. Paint the other half of your nail with a shiny or metallic polish, then remove the sticker and let everything dry.
Finish off with a clear top coat and you've achieved the perfect half-and-half mani!