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How to Make a Matte Nail Varnish

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Make a Matte Nail Varnish

One of the latest trends in nail art is the matte effect, a new way to wear an original manicure which is adapted to fashion. And even though we can go to our usual cosmetics shop to purchase matte nail varnish we can also save time and get that effect on our nails at home and make use of the many nail varnishes that we already have available. Want to know how? Then do not miss this OneHowTo step by step article in which we show how to make a matte nail varnish.

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Steps to follow:


Turning any nail varnish you already have at home to matte will take only a few minutes and will allow you to have a manicure with a twist and which is adapted to the latest trends. The first thing you must do is prepare all the materials you will need:

  • Nail varnish in your choice of colour.
  • Talcum powder
  • Varnish dissolvent or acetone free nail varnish remover.
  • Brush
  • Small container

Once you have all the materials apply a first layer of the chosen varnish on your nails. Remember that for the finish to be flawless your nails must be clean, perfectly smoothed and with hydrated cuticles. If you want to find some good advice to perform these tasks correctly and have beautiful hands do not miss out on the following articles:

How to Make a Matte Nail Varnish - Step 2

Now you must wait until the applied varnish is completely dry before proceeding to the next step in making the nail varnish matte. You can let your nails dry naturally or accelerate the drying process by using a technique such as a nail varnish dryer, applying some cold air with the hair dryer or with the residual gas of an empty can of hair spray or deodorant.

How to Make a Matte Nail Varnish - Step 3

When your nails are completely dry you can start preparing the mix that will give them the matte touch we are looking for. First, pour into the container a quantity of the chosen varnish and add the talcum powder and some drops of the varnish remover. Mix all products with a brush and stir until a sort of compact and thin paste is formed.


With the mix ready, you just have to apply a thin layer onto your nails and let dry. After the drying time has passed you will see that your nails have the desired matte effect and that the shiny touch of your usual nail varnish has completely disappeared. Spread a second layer of matte nail polish if you want your manicure to look perfect for longer and, finally, do not forget to apply some transparent hardener to prevent it from chipping easily.

How to Make a Matte Nail Varnish - Step 5

If in addition to knowing how to get the matte effect on your nails at home you want to know what steps to follow to create your own varnishes visit the article how to make homemade nail varnish. You will be able to wear many colours on your nails without the need of a large investment in commercial varnishes.

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