If you’re looking for a classic manicure style that goes with all occasions, you can’t go wrong with matte nails. All you need is your base nail polish and a matte topcoat finish, such as Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat. There’s a surprising number of ways to wear this look, too. So, below are several ideas for matte nails.
A basic nude is a great way to go with matte nails. Both nude and matte nails are understated looks, so they were made for each other.
An idea for matte nails is to go with some distinctive colors. One idea is a sort of muted grey-blue, which works great with the muted look of matte topcoat finishes.
Black matte with shimmery accents
Another idea is to combine a matte nail with glossy accents. For instance, glossy tips with a matte base always look stunning. You could also leave other glossy patterns like swirls. It’s just a matter of not applying the matte topcoat to certain areas.
One way to get a unique look is to juxtapose a muted matte nail with some glitter. Either add the glitter on top of the matte in an ombre pattern, or have a couple pure glitter accent nails mixed in with the matte look.
Matte and metallic
Another idea is to combine the muted look of matte with the shimmery appearance of a metallic polish. The metallic polish looks great as tips with a matte base, or metallic points at the base of the nail.
A great way to rock this look is going for a matte ombre. This looks stunning with black tips leading gradually into a dark red base.
Another subtle idea is going for a light pastel matte. It looks especially stunning in a baby pink.
Matte with bling accent
This is another look that makes the best of contrast. A matte nail with some added gemstone accents is a fun look. The muted matte nails really allow the bling to pop.
Matte with seasonal themes
Another idea is to go seasonal with matte nails. For instance, in winter, matte makes a stunning base for white snowflakes drawn on the nail. In the spring, a pastel matte shade would look good under some stunning flower designs. This look is great for creative types.
Matte with dot pattern
A classy look is having a matte base with some bright three-dimensional nail decal pieces in a white dot pattern. The matte allows the dots to pop all the more.
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