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How to Make Your Nail Polish Matte.

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Matte nail polish is one of the hottest trends and it creates a sleek and sophisticated look.

You can try this look at home, without having to re-stock your collection of colors.

There are a few simple ways to turn ordinary nail polish into matte nail polish.

Here are three tips on how to make your nail polish matte.


This method only works on wet nail polish. If you let the nail polish dry, it will be too late. Here's a list of that you will need:

  • Nail Polish and basecoat

  • Water

  • Pot or saucepan

Possibly the easiest way to make your nail polish matte is with steam.

Make sure your nails are clean and oil-free.

Nail polish won't stick very well to nails that even have the slightest hint of oil on them.

Heat up a pan of water (no need for a large pan) and paint your nails as you normally would. Once you have some steam, place your hand over it for 3-5 seconds. Move your hand and fingers slowly as you hold it in the steam, to be sure it reaches all parts of the nails and creates an even matte finish. This should make your polish matte without affecting the coverage or color.

Brushing on Baking Powder.

Once you paint your nails, you will have to work quickly, or the polish will dry and become hard to work with. Here is a list of what you will need to have ready:

  • Basecoat and nail polish

  • Baking powder

  • Tightly-woven sifter

  • Small dish or container

  • Small, soft makeup brush

1-Pour the baking powder through a tightly-woven sifter into a small bowl.

You will need to break up any clumps that are in the powder, or they will ruin the surface of your manicure. If you still see any clumps, break them up using a toothpick.

2-Paint the nails on one hand.

Be sure to apply a basecoat first. Then, choose any nail polish you want, and paint your nails with it. Leave the other hand unpainted for now; this is so that the nail polish does not dry out too quickly.

3-Brush the baking powder onto your wet nails. Dip the brush into the baking powder, then gently sweep the brush over the wet nail polish. The powder will stick to the polish. Dip the brush into the baking powder each time before you brush your nail with it. If you don't do this, the bristles will get caught in the wet polish and become ruin.

  • Make sure that your nails are evenly coated with the baking powder. If there are any gaps in the powder, there will be gaps in the matte effect.

  • Make sure that you are using a soft-bristled makeup brush. If the brush is too stiff, it may cause streaks in the manicure.

4-Let it sit on your nails for a few seconds. This will be enough time for a thin layer of baking powder to sink into the nail polish, giving it a matte effect.

5-Brush or rinse the powder off your nails.

Be sure to remove any specks of powder. Your nails should now be matte. If the powder has dried into the polish, dip the brush into some water and try brushing the powder off again. This should help remove the stuck powder.

6-Repeat the process for your other hand. Apply a basecoat and some nail polish, then dust your nails with baking powder. Brush the powder off using a clean brush.

7-Let your nails dry.

Your nail polish may still look glossy while wet, so it may be a good idea to let it dry completely in order to see the final results. Also, you might want to avoid using a topcoat. Most topcoats are glossy and will take away the effect. If you can find a matte one, then use that.

Using Eye Shadow.

Sometimes it is difficult to find nail polish in the right color.

Fortunately, it is possible to use matte eyeshadow to turn some clear nail polish into matte nail polish. If you just want a matte topcoat, then you can use cornstarch instead. Here's a list of what you will need:

  • Clear nail polish

  • Matte eyeshadow

  • Cornstarch (optional)

  • Toothpick

  • Small cup or dish

1-Choose your eyeshadow. You can use whatever color you want, but it has to be matte. You can also use some cosmetic pigment powder instead. This will already come in powder form, so you won't have to crush the eyeshadow into a powder later one.

  • If you want to make a clear, matte topcoat, then use cornstarch instead.

2-Use a toothpick to scrape off some matte eyeshadow into a small container. You can use a paper or plastic cup, a small dish, or even a cupcake or muffin liner. Your nails will be whatever color of eyeshadow you used. Plan on using a little more eyeshadow than nail polish.

3-Make sure that the eyeshadow is ground into a fine powder. If there are any clumps, break them us using the end of a brush or pencil. Keep crushing the eyeshadow until it is fine and powdery. If you have any clumps in your eyeshadow, your manicure will look grainy.

4-Consider making your polish extra matte by adding some cornstarch.

You will need to use equal parts of cornstarch and eyeshadow. Stir the two powders together with a toothpick until they are blended together and the color is even.

5-Add in a few drops of clear nail polish and stir with a toothpick until there are no lumps. Keep stirring until you get an even color and consistency. If the color too sheer, add some more eyeshadow. Make sure that there are no clumps in the polish. If there are any clumps, break them up with the toothpick. If you don't do this, they will show up on your manicure and make it look lumpy.

6-Use the nail polish quickly. The polish will dry fast. Simply apply a basecoat, then paint your nails as you normally would. If there is extra matte polish afterward, you can pour it into an empty nail polish bottle or another small, glass bottle.

7-Let the nail polish dry. You won't see the true effect of the eyeshadow until the polish dries. Also, avoid using a topcoat; most topcoats are glossy and will reverse the matte effect. If you can find a matte topcoat, then that is fine.


Making nail polish matte can be fun and create a beautiful effect.

Once your polish begins to chip and wear, you can have fun trying out another color.


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