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DIY matte top coat

Matte nail polish was a standout nail trend during New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 showcases. It was the go-to nail look for various showcases including DKNY and Jay Godfrey.

Neutral, matte nail look.
Neutral, matte nail look. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Top coats with matte finishes easily transform glossy finish manicures into trendy, shine-free nails. While there are various matte top coats available for purchase, a do-it-yourself matte top coat can save you money, especially if this is a trend you’d just like to try out.

If you’d rather make your very own topcoat instead of buying an expensive one, you will need the following 4 items- a half empty bottle of clear nail polish, a spoon, 3 teaspoons of cornstarch and a small funnel.

  • Unscrew the top off of your clear polish.
  • Insert the small funnel into the bottle of nail polish.
  • Pour in the 3 tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • Remove the funnel, secure the top back on and use some force to shake the bottle until the cornstarch is thoroughly mixed in.
  • Lastly, use as a top coat after applying the nail polish color of your choice.