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D.I.Y Friday: Making matte nail polish

One of the latest trends in nails is taking the shine out of your nails to create a matte look. Matte nail polish is a great way to take an ordinary manicure and add a unique twist on it especially when you try a monochromatic manicure like black matte nails with a black french twist or even black on black zebra nails. Matte nail polish also looks great when you're using water decals to give it a more realistic painted on feel. If love the look of suede then matte nail polish is the way to go since it gives your nails an almost suede like texture.

DIY Matte nail polish (created by prettylittlelove on Polyvore)
DIY Matte nail polish (created by prettylittlelove on Polyvore)http://www.polyvore.com/diy_matte_nail_polish/set?id=74595404

Matte nail polish is not always easy to find. Several brands do carry it like NYC (New York Color) and OPI but it's not always easy to find unless you want to order it online and wait a week or so to receive it. By ordering it online though, you're also you're going to be paying a lot more money ($18 Jin Soon Matte Maker from Net-A-Porter and $24 Dolce & Gabbana Matte Nail Coat from Saks Fifth Avenue). In actuality there's an easier way to get some matter nail polish...just make your own!

All you need is baking powder, clear topcoat polish and a toothpick which more than likely you already have lying around the house. For best results though make sure that the baking powder that you're using is brand new to get the right consistency. You can now do this two different ways. You can either pour some of the nail polish onto a paper plate and mix in a dash of baking powder and then use a clean brush to paint your nails or you can just add the baking powder directly to your nail polish and shake. By doing it this way you'll need to use considerably more baking powder. If you don't have baking powder you can also use cornstarch or baking soda. Just remember that it has to be a new box to get the best results.

If you don't have baking powder, baking soda or cornstarch or you're concoction didn't come out right (some have had issues with it, maybe due to the clear nail polish used because not all clear polishes are the same) then you can use rubbing alcohol. After your nails are completely dried take rubbing alcohol and pour into a cotton ball and rub allover your nails for an instant mattifying effect.

Lastly you can always hold your nails while they're still wet over a pot of boiling water. The steam will instantly mattify your nails and your skin will also receive a nice steam treatment.

Have you tried to make your own matte nail polish or any nail polishes for that matter? How did it turn out? Leave a comment below and let's discuss!

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